Ben. T. Smith, IV was appointed CEO of Wanderful Media in April 2012. A veteran Silicon Valley entrepreneur, Ben was selected to spearhead the media industry’s major effort to extend its considerable national reach for retail advertisers to the digital realm.
Wanderful Media owns and operates Find&Save, a comprehensive collection of local sales available on FindnSave.com, mobile and tablet apps, and on newspaper sites across the country.
Prior to Wanderful Media, Ben was the president of Reply! Media after selling a profitable MerchantCircle to Reply! for a significant return in 2011. Ben was co-founder and CEO of MerchantCircle, where he built the largest network of local businesses on the web and one of the fastest growing local advertising networks.
Ben was the SVP of Corporate Development at Borland through four acquisitions, and was the CEO of the $75MM CodeGear (originally a division of Borland), for which he led the separation and startup.
Ben was the chairman and CEO at Spoke.com where he remains on the board of directors. Prior to Spoke, Ben served the White House as the Senior Advisor for Strategy and Planning, to the Secretary of Transportation for the period of creating the Transportation Security Administration after 9-11.
Early career experience includes employment as an engineer at IBM. Ben then worked in management consulting at Ernst & Young before moving to A.T. Kearney, where he helped lead their Technology practice, as well as their Venture Investment Group alongside EDS. He became one of the youngest partners in the history of the firm and was selected as one of the 25 most influential consultants in the world in 2002.
Ben serves on numerous boards of technology and digital ventures in Silicon Valley, including mobile companies such as Glu Mobile. In addition, Ben is a venture partner at Accelerator Ventures. As a venture partner, and through other investments, Ben has been involved in more than 40 venture investments.
Ben holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Davis and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business.
Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO
2002 - Jan, 2005
Nov, 2006 - Apr, 2007
Co-Founder, CEO and Chairman of Board
Aug, 2004 - Jun, 2011
President Reply! Media
Jun, 2011 - Aug, 2011
Chairman, Board Member
Co-Founder and Board Member