Ben, a San Francisco resident, grew up in the midwest but moved to California in 1996. He took a leave of absence from his PhD program at Stanford to co-found Coverity, a software company that helps improve the quality of the world's software. He helped Coverity grow from 2 to 150 employees as COO and then later as CTO. In 2014, Coverity was acquired by Synopsys. Currently, Ben is a founding partner at Elementum Ventures, a seed-stage venture firm. He is married to Kim, a social worker who has spent time serving around the world with Opportunity International, International Justice Mission, and Empower International.