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Ben Edwards

Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Founder & VP Developer Advocacy, SmartThings and Principal, Refactr LLC.

Founder & VP Developer Advocacy, SmartThings and Principal, Refactr LLC.

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Primary Skillsets

  • Operations
  • Product
  • UI/Design

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Operations
  • • Product
  • • UI/Design

Involved In

Founder

SmartThings
Kirei, LLC

Advisor

Minne✱
Minne✱

Positions

Founder SmartThings 2012 - present
Principal Refactr LLC October 2006 - present
Board Member Minne✱ January 2006 - present
Co-Founder Kirei, LLC July 2009 - December 2012
Senior Designer ReachLocal March 2010 - May 2012
Manager - Information and Visual Design Korn Ferry July 2004 - January 2007
President and Chief Experience Officer Hive Designs January 2000 - October 2006
Producer/Project Architect Risdall Advertising March 2000 - July 2004
Information Designer/Project Manager JWT Minneapolis 1997 - 2000

Education

University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management Business, Marketing, Advertising 1993 - 1997
Mounds View High School 1989 - 1993

Interested In

Joining an Early Team
Advisor With
  • • Marketing
  • • Community development
  • • Front-end Development
  • • User Experience Design
Markets of Interest
  • • Consumer Electronics
  • • Green
  • • Hardware
  • • Robotics
  • • Smart Home
  • • Social Impact
  • • Travel
  • • Wearable Tech

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Community Building • Product Development • Startup Operations • User Experience Design • User Interface Design

Key Accomplishments

I can contribute a lot to startups and early stage companies. I have founded several startups with recent exits.

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Casey Allen
We worked together  •  Co-founder & Partner, Skyway Fund and Advisor, Otterology.
Ben has an uncanny ability to give direct and unfiltered feedback without the pomposity of someone who's done it successfully for a decade + ... building some really great products. Ben's real, he's human, he's super helpful, and no matter your space, odds are he's worked on a product very similar to yours.
Jamie Thingelstad
They're my friends  •  Chief Technology Officer, Vice President, SPS Commerce. Previously Chief Operating Officer, Chief Technology Officer, 8thBridge, Inc..
He has great insight into new technologies.