Ben Chow

founder in New York

Ben Chow

founder in New York

Ben first jumped into the startup world in 2006 as Director of Web Products at the social gaming company Hive7, which raised a Series A from True Ventures. In 2010, Hive7 was acquired by Disney/Playdom. Ben helped grow that company from 3 to 30 people. In late 2007, he helped design and launch Hive7's hit social game Knighthood, growing that game 2 million MAU, over 7 million users world- wide and generating six figure monthly revenues.

Prior to Hive7, from 1999 to 2006, Ben was working for IDEO and AKQA. In 2006, Fast Company ranked IDEO #5 and AKQA #48 of the most innovative companies in the world. Ben worked on many award winning projects for clients such as HP, Yahoo, Microsoft, MoMa, Philips, HBO, Ford, Target, Gyrus ENT, Polyvision.

He is a named inventor on patent #7799044 for his work on the DIEGO surgical tool system for Gyrus ENT.

He spent several years in medtech, as head of product for both CheckedUp and Cirle, winning a 2015 Best of the Best Red Dot Award for a 3D navigation system for cataract surgery.

More recently he has been tackling loneliness and social anxiety, as cofounder of Friended.

Currently, he is tackling social connection with WishWell.