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Josh Benjamin

Entrepreneur • Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Helping terminally ill parents with legacy. Formerly Monkey Inferno EIR,  Engineer. Crafting thoughtful products that solve real problems.

Helping terminally ill parents with legacy. Formerly Monkey Inferno EIR,  Engineer. Crafting thoughtful products that solve real problems.

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Primary Skillsets

  • Mobile Engineering
  • Marketing
  • Product
I have an idea that I'm exploring

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Mobile Engineering
  • • Marketing
  • • Product

Involved In


Volico Hosting


Founder Lifechime May 2013 - present
Product Engineer Monkey Inferno April 2011 - May 2013
iPhoto Software Engineer Apple Inc. November 2008 - April 2011
Product Release Software Engineer Apple Inc. May 2005 - November 2008
Software Engineer (Intern) Motorola May 2004 - January 2005
Systems Administrator (Intern) Motorola May 2003 - May 2004
Co Founder Volico Hosting August 2000 - December 2001
Quality Assurance Tester High Performance Database Research Center @ Florida International University April 2000 - March 2001
Network Operations Supervisor Dialtone Internet / Interland March 1999 - March 2001
Support Technician Icanect / Cybergate / Earthlink September 1997 - March 1999
Editor MacOS Daily 1996 - 1997


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Computer Science, Psychology 2001 - 2006

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Business Development
  • • Fundraising
  • • Marketing
  • • UI/Design
Advisor With
  • • Customer development
  • • Community Building
  • • Go-to-market
  • • Healthcare channel sales
  • • Healthcare marketing
  • • Healthcare and health insurance information technology
Markets of Interest
  • • Commerce
  • • Dating
  • • Education
  • • Hardware
  • • Local
  • • Mobile
  • • Music
  • • Photos
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Social Impact
  • • Platforms for Creativity
  • • Social Interaction
  • • Interactive Art

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Marketing • Web Development • Human Computer Interaction • IOS Development • Debugging

Key Accomplishments

I was responsible for the UX personality in the Beer Hunt app, as well as the attention to detail of its visual design and feature scoping ( Wrote a beautiful app called Zuno which had a promising viral engine but failed miserably in a waterfall product development process that lasted 1.5 years, and learned a lot in the process. In my final project at Apple, I helped code and design the book, card, and calendar layout features in iPhoto '11.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

I'm compassionate and driven. Unicorn skills. Growth Mindset to challenges. Leadership skills and an interest in developing them further. High achiever with high expectations. Can: inspire and manage a team, do customer development, design key performance indicators and always track the riskiest assumption, foster community management, and develop brand / identity. Experience on both sides of the spectrum: from Apple obsession with quality to Monkey Inferno's lean startup idea lab. Woo Woo section: I am better than anyone at polish, and have learned to balance it with velocity. I am able to tune into tons of information and find the themes which leads to quality idea generation - this strength is amplified by someone who can facilitate convergence. I have never met another person who's able to code and is as comfortable as I am with being in the gray area aka "design thinking" aka exploring a problem space without jumping into the solution space. Thus, I'm complemented well by someone who can bubble my mojo into actionables in a way that I trust. I tend toward perseverance but value "quit early" mantra. The relationship between business and product is important to me. Because of that, I desire a strong business role, or need a Steve Jobs business type who values product/quality to the degree I do and I can focus on Product.

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Ryan Staake
They're my friends
I've known Josh since we were interns at Apple years ago, and he's always struck me as a very independent and thorough individual. He truly ... thinks through the consequences of his work and the rippling effects it will have on those who engage with it.
Moshen Chan
They're my friends
Josh has broad experience in large companies as well as startups. He has proven his abilities to ship and execute. He thinks beyond the conf ... ines of pure engineering and shows a great deal of empathy for the user. He would be an extremely valuable asset to any entrepreneurial team.
Abhik Pramanik
They're my friends
I've known Josh for about a year and every time we meet up, I have extremely insightful and deep conversations with him. Whether it's speaki ... ng about vision or the minute details of a mobile app, I always learn something from Josh. Unlike most people in the valley, he's not just passionate about entrepreneurship but about working on projects with purpose. I expect Josh to do great things and would love to work with him in the future!
Bartlomiej Skorupa
They're my friends
Josh has always been able to envision a different type of world and understands the resources, drive, and intelligence (both intellectual an ... d emotional) needed to build that new world. I cannot think of any better traits for an entrepreneur to possess in their abilities. Not only does he have the technical skills to build wonderful things, he has an open mind and a gracious heart to grow a network of support to assist in his ambitious efforts.
Jonathan Deutsch
We worked together
Josh is constantly analyzing the technological world we live in and extracting numerous ideas he believes will make a difference. This is p ... roperly balanced by his ability to work hard and focus, giving him a unique ability to bring his ideas to life.
Walter Roth
We worked together
Josh is a seeker for matching technology to market need. He doesn't compromise on his beliefs and has a great curiosity to pair with is deve ... loper chops.
Igor Kofman
They're my friends
Josh is extremely reflective and think about problems deeply. He has a great product / design sense and can build things quickly
Andrew Wooster
We worked together
I worked with Josh at Apple for several years. I'm happy to vouch for him as a valuable team member, a great technologist, developer, thinke ... r, and doer.
Andrew Wooster
We worked together
I worked with Josh for several years at Apple. Josh is a fantastic engineer, a great communicator, and would be a wonderful addition to any ... team. I'm happy to vouch for him.
Kim Dowd
They're my friends
Josh never stops thinking up new ideas and passing them through a critical "will this improve the world?," "will this be profitable?," "how ... quickly can I make this?" sieve. He already is a great entrepreneur. But help from other great people will make him even better.
Michael Margolis
We worked together
Josh has more ideas than he has time, and that's a good thing. Many entrepreneurs I know are stuck on a single idea and Josh is able to quic ... kly execute on one idea and move on to the next if it doesn't work out. Most importantly - most of his ideas are trying to help people solve real problems, not just build spotify meets exec for dogs but mobile.
Nathanael Wolfe
They're my friends
Extremely talented at dev, with big ideas, but has the patience and insight to scope, think through, and provide clarity around a problem. F ... rankly most superstar devs dont.
Michael Bina
We worked together
Josh has a strong desire to create great things that make the world a better place. He is the full package: a talented and experienced engi ... neer with great product sense and entrepreneurial vision and drive. Not to mention he is a great guy and friend. He has proven himself many times over and has worked on and released many successful products. He definitely has start-up success in his future and will go on to do great things very soon.
Chris Cunningham
We worked together at Apple Inc.
I've known Josh for three years and have noticed several qualities that will make him a good entrepreneur. First, Josh goes out of his way ... to enable his colleagues. When I started working on iPhoto he helped me get up to speed quickly. Then he encouraged me to experiment with ideas and improve the text editing architecture of our product. He even helped me setup meetings with other engineers at Apple so I could learn more. I used this experience to build a text editor for iOS from the ground up and shipped it in several Apple products. He helped me to achieve something great, and this is a excellent quality for an entrepreneur. Next, Josh enjoys learning new things and taking on challenges. When I met Josh, he had minimal experience working out in a gym. He approached me to learn more, and each time I'd introduce a new exercise to him, he was eager to take on the challenge and learned quickly. I respect his perseverance and enthusiasm. Finally, Josh is a fun guy to be around and helps set a positive tone for the work place. I enjoy working with him and look forward to seeing him each day.
Eric Hanson
We worked together at Apple Inc.
Josh has a deep curiosity and an immense amount of creativity. He's driven to deliver new and exciting things to the world and to positively ... impact the way people experience technology.
Shaan Puri
We worked together
Not only is Josh a super talented iOS developer, but he also has the ability to create deep, thoughtful, and delightful products.
Brian Bugh
We worked together
Josh is an excellent entrepreneur. He is intensely creative, always coming up with ideas for every problem. He has no fear about speaking up ... to people about his ideas or solutions and seeking their advice and opinion. Josh always considers all of the variables of a problem. He has a strong drive and a strong engineering background and loves to solve problems.

Michael Bina
We worked together  •  Founder @White Rabbit Apps. Previously: Dream Engineer @ Everest, Software Engineer @ Garmin, Test Engineer @ Apple, UC Berkeley grad.
Michael's hard skills are as a rare design-centered programer - in 2012 we joined up on a side project (he did RoR, web front-end, and desig ... n). We're also good friends and I've witnessed his character and energy. His skills and personality are well suited to facilitate both fun and meaningful experiences for users. I'm excited to see for what is to come!