Benjamin Cole

Hi, I'm Ben. I'm an explorer, technologist, and adventurer.

I'm a product manager by training, with my last two jobs at Kickstarter and Google. I also teach product management at General Assembly.

Random hobbies include appearing as a glorified extra at the Metropolitan Opera and driving in presidential motorcades. Ask me about those in person. ;-)


MPhil in Advanced Computer Science
Trinity College, Cambridge University
Gates Scholarship & Academic Distinction

BS in Information Science
Cornell University
Summa Cum Laude

Undergraduate Study Abroad
St. Edmund Hall, Oxford University


In my spare time, I teach two product management workshops at General Assembly:

You can see my full schedule of classes at


Aside from all the work, I enjoy going on adventures, exploring new places, and meeting interesting people. My hobbies include biking, meditation, and hosting gatherings of cool people.

I also enjoy writing, mostly about my own experiences. Since I moved to Africa, I've been keeping a chronicle of my adventures and blogging about technology for the Huffington Post.

Work Experience

Kickstarter - Product Manager - Mobile Product Lead

Google - Technology Pioneer

Facebook - Research Scientist
(Intern & Part-time)

Cornell - Teaching Assistant (CS 211, CS 285, Info 320, and Info 515)

Google - UX Researcher (Intern)