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Bio: Ben is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of BootstrapLabs, a leading venture capital firm, based in Silicon Valley and focused on Applied Artificial Intelligence.
Over the past 7 years, Ben has been actively investing in software technology startups and supporting BootstrapLabs portfolio companies and their founders. Some of BootstrapLabs’ portfolio companies include AEye, Qurious.io, Roger.ai, Vidora, Mendel, Indus, Sibly, Prezi, AngelList, and Trusted Insight.
Born in France and living in Silicon Valley for the past 20 years, Ben is a repeat entrepreneur who launched, built and exited two startups in the financial technology space. Praedea Solutions, a data mining software company using machine learning and image recognition technology, that was acquired by Mergent in 2005, and InsideVenture, a financial social network for the founders of venture-backed pre-IPO startups and long-only institutional investors on Wall Street, that was acquired by SecondMarket in 2009 (and is now part of NASDAQ).
Earlier in his career, Ben was a Technology, Media, and Telecom Investment Banker who advised startup founders and CxOs of Fortune 500 companies on corporate strategy, financing, and M&A. Over a period of 10 years, Ben helped his clients raise over $300M from institutional investors and close over $5B in M&A transactions. Always a top performer, he quickly climbed through the ranks, starting as an Analyst at SG Cowen, Associate at Lazard, Vice President at Houlihan Lokey, SVP & Head of Technology Private Equity at Wedbush Securities, and Managing Director & Head of US at QuantumWave Capital.
Ben is a member of AAAI (Association for the Advancement of AI), and a frequent speaker on innovation, technology investing, entrepreneurship, artificial intelligence, and globalization in the US, Europe, and Asia.