Benjamin Tseng is the Product & Strategy Lead at Stir, which builds technology to empower the booming Creator Economy.
He is a versatile executive with experience in startup product management and strategy; as a researcher applying deep learning methods to healthcare; and as a venture investor with insights across a wide array of industries including healthcare, hardware, digital platforms, and climatetech.
Ben has significant experience working with startups in both operating and advisory capacities. His prior roles include product and operational leadership roles at Yik Yak (location-based social media, raised over $70M in VC), HealthPals (health IT), and Maximus (consumer telemedicine, raised $5M in VC), and has also served as an advisor to companies like Whistle (pet-tech, acquired by Mars), Dextro (computer vision, acquired by Axon), and Companion Labs (computer vision applied to pet-tech).
He is a published researcher collaborating with Stanford’s OPTIMA group in developing AI/NLP-based methods to understanding electronic medical records. He is, additionally, an Associate Fellow with the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change where he contributes to their efforts on Technology and Public Policy.
Ben spent nearly a decade in venture capital at 1955 Capital and DCM, two cross-border venture capital firms, where he had a special focus on hardtech (e.g., cleantech, semiconductors, hardware, and healthcare) and worked actively with the two firms’ portfolio companies on fundraising and strategy. He is presently a Venture Partner with 1955 Capital.
Ben started his career at Bain & Company in the Bay Area after graduating Phi Beta Kappa with Highest Honors in Biochemical Sciences and a minor in Mathematical Sciences from Harvard University. He is an avid scifi & comic book fan, an amateur programmer, occasional blogger, personal finance aficionado, and an unabashed knowledge junkie.
He can be reached at [mail-at-<thisdomainname.com>]. He can also be reached @BenjaminTseng on Twitter