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Ben Casnocha Director, Start-Up of You LLC

I’m a San Francisco-based entrepreneur, author, blogger, traveler, and most of all, learner. I love learning and I try many things with the hope of growing personally and professionally. On the entrepreneurship side, I’ve started and run several ventures. From selling gumballs and pens as a kid, to founding an e-government software company (Comcate) that currently delivers hosted CRM solutions to hundreds of local governments in America, to incubating consumer web properties at Wasabi Ventures. BusinessWeek named me “one of America’s best young entrepreneurs” and PoliticsOnline named me “one of the most influential people in the world of internet and politics.” I also focus on writing. In 2012, I coauthored with Reid Hoffman the book The Start-Up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career. In 2007 I wrote a book titled My Start-Up Life: What a (Very) Young Entrepreneur Learned On His Journey Through Silicon Valley. I’ve written more than a million words on my blog about current affairs, books, entrepreneurship, careers, and technology. I’ve written on a range of topics for NPR’s “Marketplace,” the American Enterprise Institute, Newsweek, and the U.S. State Department. Finally, I have substantial experience traveling and living abroad. I have spent significant time in Chile, Switzerland, and China and less time in more than 25 other countries. I am a multi-time winner and participant in several leadership groups for top young leaders in Latin America, Asia, and Western Europe.

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