Ben is the Co-Founder of BootstrapLabs, a leading venture capital firm, based in Silicon Valley and focused on Applied Artificial Intelligence.
Ben has been investing in Applied AI software technology startups for nearly a decade and is actively managing a venture portfolio whose companies’ aggregate enterprise value grew by nearly $2Bn (almost 10 x) in the last 5 years.
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 CxOs of Fortune 500 companies and startup founders 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. His banking experience spans firms like Lazard, SG Cowen, Houlihan Lokey, Wedbush Securities, and QuantumWave Capital.
Ben is also a member of AAAI (Association for the Advancement of AI), and a frequent keynote speaker on innovation, technology investing, entrepreneurship, and artificial intelligence in the US, Europe, and Asia.