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Last updated — January 2024

I research longevity with a focus on bioelectricity and intercellular communication. In it’s most abstract form, these are networks that transmit energy and information, and so more generally, I am interested in intervention strategies in complex systems.

On a day to day basis, I just refer to this as exercising agency.

I moved to Saint Louis to study biomedical engineering at Washington University. That didn’t last long. I shifted focus to growing a software platform called Wand that I have since exited.

Along the way, I got involved in a podcast as an executive producer. This gave me an opportunity to build connections and learn from people I thought were doing the most important work in the world. Using our equipment from the podcast, my partner and I started a business called Legacy Interviews. These interviews give future generations the opportunity to understand where they came from in a timeless video and leather-bound autobiography.

In time I started more rigorously doing the research I initially went to school to study, but independently. I jumped through some of the hoops that most independents don’t such as puplishing in peer reviewed journals and presenting at conferences in the space. As my research pursuits began to take more and more time, my partner one day asked me,

Ben, would you take it as aggressive or as a relief if I were to offer to buy you out?

I replied that it would be a relief. The next thing he did was slam the table and say, “Well then let’s do that in a way that makes us both feel great!” We did. This gave me the time and resources to lever into the work I was doing in a way I hadn’t yet been able to.

My time is currently an 80/20 split between this and building a real estate portfolio in Saint Louis, Missouri to maintain sovereignty. I also now have a lab space and am inviting others to join me in this work through Aion Biosciences.

It’s time to build. Send an email.

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Bio written July 2022

The longer I live, the more I realize everything I’ve revolved my life around is in one way or another, a adversary against time

When I enrolled at Washington University in St. Louis, my audacious goal in studying biomedical engineering was to make a contribution to the field of aging research, thereby extending the amount of time we all have to enjoy our lived experience.

I dropped out because I didn’t feel that I was getting a good ROI for my education’s expense. I instead leaned full forward into building WAND, an Uber like platform for booking housekeepers. When selling the value of my app to customers, I would pitch it as a way for them to buy back the one thing that they thought they couldn’t: time.

I’ve went on to build a series of other marketplace platforms, motivated along the way by this same idea, until I wasn’t. In 2020, like many other people, I slowed down to consider what was important to me, and where I wanted to be spending my time.

I went on a novelty search, taking on new types of consulting work, and getting involved with a podcast as the executive producer. This latter opportunity put me in contact with many interesting people doing work on the edge of what is known, renewing my interest in research. It also led directly to what I do now, which in short, is helping people come to terms with time through something we call a Legacy Interview.

In addition to these interviews, I am back to exploring the mechanisms underlying aging. I do this now through independent research, intersecting my knowledgebase in biology and software to come to novel conclusions about where order and causality reside in chaotic and complex systems.

It’s time to build. Send an email if you have something for me to explore.

Bio written August 2021

I am a life long learner and explorer of the human experience. I’ve done many things in my pursuit of novelty, the constant in this pursuit being my direction, which is always forward.

Born in Denver and raised in Southern Missouri, I now live in St. Louis. Here I run WAND in addition to working with other companies through Articulate Ventures to help them explore and execute on the edge of technological innovation.

My father relocated my family to Nixa, MO when I was 3 where I lived until selling my first business and moving to Denver. I’ve since settled in an LRA property I purchased to rehabilitate in the Fountain Park neighborhood of St. Louis 3 years ago. I’m very close with my father who I admire greatly and who’s been a pillar of stability my whole life.

I had been accepted and set to begin a degree in physics at Washington University after high school however, having graduated a semester early, I started a business with a close friend that tested indoor air quality and sold air purification systems. I deferred my acceptance to focus on this opportunity which we proceeded to run into the ground by overspending on a number of vanity opportunities that offered us little return. We got lucky with a modest acquisition offer from a similar business out of KC which we happily accepted as a clean break.

With this newfound freedom and lack of purpose on what to do next, this is what led me to Denver where I lived for the next 2 years. I became a disciple of experience doing anything I could to broaden my knowledge base including social media management, web development, launching a hair care line on Amazon, brokering freight, flipping cars and many other miscellaneous things. This novelty search led me to start WAND — an uber like app for house cleaners.

This time around, I decided to pursue WAND simultaneously to a degree in Biomedical Engineering at Washington University once again which is what prompted my relocation to St. Louis. After one semester, it became clear to me my path was not one in a university and I pivoted out to focus on WAND full time.

I still run WAND as an asset business, and I now also work with Vance Crowe to grow the Articulate Ventures Network and am doing some of the more fulfilling work I’ve done in some time, exploring the edge of chaos and articulating the unknown through project to project consulting and contracted work.

Send an email if you have something for me to explore.