Primary Role
Founder and CEO at 7digital
1 Investment in 1 Company

Person Details


Ben began his career in 1996 as a founder of, an internal venture at United News and Media which attracted over 1.8m unique users per month (in 1999).

In 2000 Ben was recruited by BT Group to head up the broadband music efforts at their ISP BT Openworld where he successfully launched a major music channel. Following the partnership between BT and Yahoo! to form BT Yahoo! in 2003, Ben engineered the sale of dotmusic to Yahoo! for approx. £3.3m.

Ben then founded 7digital with James Kane in 2004 with the vision of creating a digital media marketplace. 7digital operates services that bring together suppliers and consumers of digital media.

In September 2008 was the first company in Europe to launch DRM-free MP3 downloads with all four major record labels. In September 2009 HMV Group acquired a 50% equity stake in 7digital with an investment of £7.7m.

Ben was named by Growing Business magazine as a Young Gun 2006 – the award for leading entrepreneurs under 35. In 2007, 7digital was awarded the prestigious Red Herring Top 100 Europe Award as one of the most promising technology companies in Europe.

Experience (3)

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    Founder and CEO
    Jan, 2004
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    Head Of Music
    2000 - Jan, 2003
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    1996 - Jan, 2000

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Investments (1)