Hi, I'm Ben.

I am the co-founder of Skyward. I also write about software.



Building great products is hard

Software engineering is an artisanal trade. Here are some of the lessons I've learned through years of practicing it.

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Automated Status Reports

ShipScoop automatically converts your git commit messages into consumable and informative status reports for clients.

Visit ShipScoop


Automated Moderation for Websites

Detextion automatically finds inappropriate content before it is ever shown to your customers.

Visit Detextion


Social Marketing Management

Create, edit, and schedule your social marketing content.

Visit Hatchpost

Note To Us

Experiences of people who have been there

If you could go back to any time in your life, when would it be and what advice would you give yourself?

Visit Note To Us


The Forum, reimagined

An entry to the 2014 Rails Rumble with Adim Ofunne. A tag-able, quotable, threaded forum for the 21st century.

Visit Monograph

Barbell Babes

Website Contract

Supplemental blog and site for a private personal trainer. Used to communicate with clients, set plans, and give text and video training materials.

Splendid Mail

2013 Rails Rumble Entry

Created in 48 hours, it allows users to upload documents and enter recipient addresses. The documents are automatically printed and mailed through the USPS.

Heard on Colfax

Denver's Public Parlance

Collection of things overheard in and around Denver

In Balance, LLC.

Website Contract

Business marketing site for a professional message therapist practicing in Maine.


2018 - Current



Helping teams strategize and building beautiful, useful products for web and mobile.

Visit Skyward
2015 - 2018



Marrying online dating with mindful living communities.

Visit MeetMindful
2013 - 2015

Senior Solutions Engineer

Advantage Integrated Solutions

Worked directly with clients to develop custom web applications.

Visit Advantage
2009 - 2013

Senior Software Engineer

Qualvu / 24tru

Developed Flash apps, contributed to open source PHP framework, wrote an algorithm to timestamp video transcripts.

2008 - 2009

Crestron Developer

Status Controls

Created home automation systems using Crestron. Integrated with hundreds of devices using digital and analog interfaces.

Visit Status Controls
2007 - 2008

Software Developer

Rochester Institute of Technology

Developed highly interactive Flex applications to replace "green screen" apps.

2005 - 2008

Student Systems Administrator

Rochester Institute of Technology

Managed Mac and Windows PCs as well as Mac and ActiveDirectory servers

Visit CIS @ RIT

Open Source

Cloud Vision Gem


An opinionated, simple and structured interactions with Google's Cloud Vision api.

See Gem

Quickbase Gem


The world's most downloaded Quickbase gem. Fast, concise implementation of select Quickbase API functions

See Gem

jQuery Time Input Polyfill

Javascript, HTML5

jQuery plugin to polyfill HTML 5 "time" input to older browsers (IE 7+). Originally written as part for Hatchpost compatibility.