Benjamin Hill

617-306-9096 | | 

198 Ada Avenue, Mountain View, CA 94043



Professional Experience

Director of Product, Law Ratchet

June 2012 - Current

Design, built, released and grew an original legal news aggregation iPad and Web application.  

Senior Product Manager, Plaxo, a division of Comcast

April 2011 - February 2012

Senior product manager for the premium service components of's address book offerings that enhanced personal address book information using big data techniques.

Lecturer, UC Berkeley School of Information

August 2011 – December 2011

Taught the Information Organization Laboratory, a hands-on crash course in online IO/IR technology.

Product Manager, Pie Digital

June 2009 - January 2011

Product manager and strategy lead for the SaaS component of a distributed home network management product, including custom hardware, cloud-based back-end, and multiple distributed software components.

Senior Product Manager, eBay

October 2007 - October 2008

Led massively complex $3.5M eBay Catalog Infrastructure projects through strategy, requirements, design,        development and successful completion while coordinating interdependent and rapidly changing components.

Founder and CTO, Intelligence Startup

July 2006 - June 2007

Invented, prototyped and product managed the development of a flash-based widget platform that mines the collective community intelligence of web surfers.

Mobile Project Lead, Garage Cinema Research w/ Yahoo-Berkeley Research Labs


Professional Services Consultant, 170 Systems, Inc.

2002 - 2004

Senior Consultant, Commerce Applications Group, AnswerThink

1999 - 2002

Business Analyst: Defined requirements, managed client interactions, created detailed functional designs.

Coordinated creative, technical architecture, and UE teams, promoted the use of UML to communicate client requirements and clarify site functionality.

Engineer: Planned and built multiple high profile Internet products, including industry portals, B2B        offerings, content management solutions, and interactive destinations, using both Java and Microsoft platforms.

Brought products through requirements, functional definition, design and prototyping, architecture, coding, testing, and launch for clients including Visa, Fannie Mae, Proctor and Gamble.

Awarded both individual and group company awards for three years running for outstanding performance and project delivery


Masters in Information Management and Systems,Berkeley School of Information

2005 - 2006

Management of Technology Certification (in conjunction with the Haas School of Business) in bringing high technology products to the marketplace. Trained in new product development, marketing, document engineering, and strategy during technical revolutions.

Areas of study included information visualization, document engineering, collaborative groupware systems, information architecture, peer-to-peer law, user interface design, and mobile multimedia metadata.

Awarded the Dr. James R. Chen Award for Best Thesis Project (evolved into inChorus startup)

Bachelor of Arts, Dartmouth College

1996 - 1999

Computer Science Major, Engineering Minor

Location and Range

650, 415, 510: San Francisco, Brisbane, San Bruno, Millbrae, Burlingame, San Mateo, Foster City, Belmont, San Carlos, Redwood City, Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Los Altos, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, Cupertino, San Jose, Campbell

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