Digital Naturalist (12 years of life and research across multiple startup ecosystems), Pro Speaker (over 150 talks across 21 countries), Startup Therapist (mentor to 6 accelerators), Angel Investor (10 investments, half in Asia).
Benjamin is a leading expert on digital innovation in Asia with 12 years experience across China, Japan, South Korea and SE Asia. Benjamin is also the founder of the Asia-focused digital research consultancy +8* (www.plus8star.com). Benjamin is also frequently quoted in media (Forbes, The Economist, CNN, AdAge, VentureBeat, TechCrunch…).
Benjamin is a Startup Mentor at 500 Startups (US), YetiZen (US), Founder Institute (Global), JFDI (Singapore), Gamma Rebels (Poland), and of course the one and only Chinaccelerator (China).
Benjamin is an active Angel investor with an Asia twist, investing in companies such as Cmune, MyGengo, TokyoOtakuMode, TwitMusic, TenderTree, YoGoMe, StoryPanda, and PayrollHero.
Benjamin was also selected among “China’s TOP 100 Mobile Industry Influencers” in 2007 & 2008.
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MS, Acoustics1998 - 1999
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