Ben Wald is the co-founder and VP of solutions implementation of Very. Before founding Very in 2011, Ben served as the executive director at Ashoka Changemakers, where he spearheaded the software development of a suite of products to connect social entrepreneurs with global resources. Ben continues to pursue his passion for social impact by serving as a judge for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ annual Innovation Showcase (ISHOW), a global competition for hardware-led social innovation.
During Ben’s early career, he co-founded two successful startups. Ben dropped out of Babson College to pursue his first endeavor — an online education software company that secured more than $5+ million in seed capital, was later acquired by eCampus, and resulted in Ben being named as one of Businessweek's Top 25 Young Entrepreneurs. He also co-founded LookSharp, which secured $10+ in venture financing and was acquired by WayUp in 2017.