Ben Finkel graduated Brown University with a degree in Computer Science. His first job out of University was at MIT Lincoln Labs developing software to detect near Earth objects in the Outer Space division. While at Lincoln, Ben developed an algorithm for locating IEDs in Afghanistan.
When his work was classified above him, Ben left MIT and drove cross country to San Francisco to be an entrepreneur. His startup was acquired by Twitter in 2010. At Twitter, Ben helped the growth team grow the base from 50M to 200M. In 2013, Ben joined Biz Stone in co-founding Jelly.
Biz Stone began his startup career in 1999 with the launch of Xanga.com, an early social blogging platform. In 2003, Biz was invited to work at Google as a Senior Specialist on their Blogger service. Biz worked at Google from 2003 to 2005. Following an idea shared by Evan Williams, Biz left Google.
In 2005, Biz helped start Odeo. Biz and Jack Dorsey, became fast friends at Odeo and hacked together Twitter as a side project in 2006. By 2011, Biz had helped turn Twitter into a global phenomenon. Stone then co-founded Medium with Evan Williams. Since 2013, Biz has been focused on Jelly as CEO.
Jelly’s purpose is, “To answer the world’s questions simply and helpfully.” We have a strong focus on Voice OS. Voice is a paradigm shift in personal computing and building a key component like search, is a massive challenge. This incarnation of Jelly launched in May, 2016. We’re just getting started.
If you’d like to get in touch with us, please feel free to send an email to email@example.com. Our team is 9 people so we don’t have an official communications expert. Most likely, Biz or Ben will get back to you as soon as they can. In the meantime, you can follow us on Medium, and Twitter.