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Ben Larson

Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Gateway Incubator Director, Founder Institute San Francisco

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Gateway Incubator Director, Founder Institute San Francisco

4 vouches

Primary Skillsets

  • Business Development
  • Growth

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Business Development
  • • Growth

Involved In


Gateway Incubator
Next Impression


Starter One
Youth Business USA
Youth Business USA


Partner Gateway Radar November 2016 - present
Co-Founder & Managing Partner Gateway Incubator November 2015 - present
Senior Advisor and Mentor Youth Business USA September 2015 - present
Director, San Francisco Bay Area The Founder Institute August 2014 - present
Lead Regional Manager The Founder Institute November 2013 - November 2015
Founder Next Impression March 2013 - March 2014
Executive Producer & Co-Founder ShowAndTeller October 2012 - November 2013
Professional Photographer Benjamin Larson Photography December 2010 - January 2013
Project Manager | Senior Engineer Fehr & Peers March 2006 - December 2011


California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo Transportation 2006

Interested In

Joining an Early Team
Advisor With
  • • Fundraising
  • • Venture capital
  • • Seed funding
  • • Cannabis Businesses
  • • Investment Management
Markets of Interest
  • • Education
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Photos
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Food and Restaurants
  • • Events
  • • Lifelong Learning (outside of school)
  • • CPG
  • • Cannabis

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Marketing • Leadership • Photography • Entrepreneurship • Startups

Key Accomplishments

Not completed yet

Vouches Received

Vouches Given

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Minhaz Anwar
Chief Coffee Officer, BizCafe and Co-Director, The Founder Institute.
Lahouar Rami
Founder, Founder Institute. Previously Stage de formation humaine, CHIFCO.
Sri Ram K Vemulpali
Staff Embedded Software Engineer, Infinera. Previously Senior Software Engineer, TVU networks. George Mason grad.
I attended Founder Institute semester 2014, where Ben was very helpful in giving feedback and suggesting how to validate an idea by approach ... ing potential customers. He took extra time to meet students for one on one meeting to refine business presentation. He has very good insight into how to bootstrap the business from an idea to launch. I vouch for him.
Matt Henry
Former Founder, Chairman, CEO & Inventor, MongoNet; looking to co-found, capitalize & IP protect next great tech/mobile/internet/VR startup.
Ben is one of the smartest people I know. He is an incredibly talented entrepeneur, resourceful beyond almost anyone I know. And he's a su ... per good guy.

Anup Chatterjee
They're my mentor  •  Consulting Member of Technical Staff, Oracle. Previously Software Development Manager, Autodesk.
Anup is a methodical and deliberate decision maker with an eye for what will be needed in the future. His technical background is a major as ... set to his journey.

Ben Lin
They're my advisor  •  Graduate Founder, The Founder Institute and Business Analyst, Silvaco. Queen's grad.
Ben has the ability to move quickly and take action. He's built a strong network and has industry knowledge in the scope of his company that ... is unique and valuable.

Alejandro Goyen
They're my mentor  •  Founder at Alterante - CS Engineer - HBS grad - Formerly: Product Management at Google, Microsoft.
Alejandro has a wealth of knowledge and the experience to allow him to be a successful Founder. He also has the technical chops to build a v ... ery strong product.

Martin Klotzman, MBA
They're my mentor  •  Marketing & Business Development, Ivory Consulting Corporation. Previously Marketing Analyst, Ivory Consulting Corporation.
Martin is a very driven individual that has a desire to change the world through technology and sustainability. We could use more people lik ... e him.

Dimitriosyutaka Akimaru
They're my advisor  •  University of Michigan grad committed full time to disrupt the Q&A sector. Looking for passionate young developers to code together. :)
Dimitri will get things done, no matter what it takes. He has that sense of inevitability that all investors are looking for.

Kevin Halteman
They're my friends  •  Operations - GenKP, Kaiser Permanente and Owner & Operator, Vacation Home Rental.
Kevin is the most driven, energetic, and organized person I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. He has an infectious enthusiasm that will ... undoubtably drive any team to success. Just look at the work he has done with GenKP. Awesome.

Kristopher Francisco
They're my mentor  •  Cross Platform Architect, Apple. Previously Storage & Cluster Analyst, Chevron. Carnegie Mellon grad.
Kristopher is a brilliant mind working in an exciting and intellectual space. He was performing at the top of his game at Apple when he deci ... ded to make the leap, which in itself shows that he can make the tough decisions when it comes to doing what's best for his company.

Matt Henry
We worked together  •  Former Founder, Chairman, CEO & Inventor, MongoNet; looking to co-found, capitalize & IP protect next great tech/mobile/internet/VR startup.
Matt will stop at nothing to see his vision through to fruition. He is extremely resourceful and is great at leveraging his network to execu ... te. Matt has a natural ability to build connections through honesty and candidness, and I'm very happy to have had the chance to work with him.