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Ben Saren
Works at Cayan, LLC
Lives in Raleigh, NC
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Do you have a bucket list? If so I'd love to get your responses to this brief survey. https://bensaren.typeform.com/to/DX9ppw?bsgplus #bucketlist #lifelist 
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+Lawrence Lessig's MayDay PAC, a crowdfunded super PAC to end the influence of big money in politics, is closing in on $4 million of its $5 million target.

Help get it over the finish line! This is really important. Pledge now
If we don't meet our target, you don't pay. We'll charge your card now, but if we fail to meet our $5M goal by July 4th, your pledge will be refunded. Some supporters prefer to donate regardless of whether we meet our goal or not. If you choose that option above, we'll do our best to make your ...
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Hey good friend of mine and a successful and proven serial entrepreneur is looking for some outstanding development and engineering talent to join his newly funded startup here in Boston. Hit me up if you're interested or know anyone.
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Is the partisanship in America really at an all time high? Is it really as bad as we think it is, and as bad as the media says? Let's see what the data says...
Does our public partisanship match up with that of our elected officials in the house and the Senate? Do we realize our bias? Tell us what you think and check out the data.
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What do you think? Am I too sour on the near term prospects for mobile payments?
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Very proud and happy for all my colleagues at Litle today. 
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Some initial thoughts on the Raleigh-Durham tech startup scene. In short, I'm impressed! #raleighnc #durhamnc #startups 
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This moment at the ‪#‎Sochi2014‬ closing ceremony caught our eye - it pokes fun at the ring failure seen when the Winter Olympics began.

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Very cool new cloud service.
Get your life together.
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My thoughts, laced with facts and data, on the subject of gun control and America's violent ways. http://yoursuspect.com/2012/12/15/america-the-violent/
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Entrepreneurial Executive
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Start-ups, organizational change, marketing strategy, crap cutting
Employment
  • Cayan, LLC
    Senior Vice President, Marketing, 2015 - present
    Cayan™, formerly Merchant Warehouse, is the leading provider of payment technologies that give businesses a competitive advantage. From simple and reliable payment processing, to fully integrated, multi-channel customer engagement platforms, Cayan is continuously developing new ways for businesses to unlock the power of payments. Headquartered in Boston, the company has offices in the United States and United Kingdom. Cayan is one of the world’s fastest growing payment companies. For more information, visit www.cayan.com.
  • Influential
    Co-Founder & CEO, 2013 - present
    Initially launching this fall, Influential is a very early stage and lean startup focused on enabling We the People to make truly informed decisions about the issues, candidates, and officials they care about, and to influence change. We think you'll agree that our democracy is malfunctioning, and voters are generally disillusioned and apathetic. Influential intends to help restore function to our democracy by bringing consumable, fact-based truths to the people. Irrespective of your party affiliation, your position on issues, our democracy is our democracy; a democracy of the people, for the people, by the people. It's time to take our democracy back. http://www.influential.ly
  • Sure Shot Labs
    Principal, 2013 - 2015
    Sure Shot is both a strategic marketing technology solutions firm, and an innovation lab. We are principled in the belief that to be truly successful we absolutely must make our clients truly successful, and to be truly creative in our own endeavors, we must be truly passionate about their initiatives and solving their problems. For us, passion comes not from what drives revenue, but from solving problems. That’s where Sure Shot comes in. We invest in our own innovations. We invest in our own product creations, which is what makes us a lab. To do so we need happy clients. We invest in happiness.
  • CO Everywhere
    VP Strategy, 2014 - 2014
    Joined CO Everywhere as Vice President, Strategy in January 2014.
  • Litle & Co.
    Vice President, Marketing, 2011 - 2013
    Formerly responsible for leading marketing at one of America’s fastest growing companies. Founded in 2001, Litle & Co. landed No. 1 rankings on both the Inc. 500 and the Deloitte New England Technology Fast 50. As Vice President of Marketing, oversaw a department of expert marketers, ultimately responsible for re-contextualized and repositioning Marketing within the organization, accountable for measurable opportunity creation, and for repositioning Litle’s solutions in the payments industry and within the marketplace. Litle was sold to publicly-held Vantiv for $361MM in late 2012.
  • CitySquares.com
    Co-Founder & CEO, 2005 - 2010
    Co-founded CitySquares, the pioneer of hyper-local search, in 2005, bootstrapped it for 19 months until securing Series-A from angel investors including Mark Cuban and Jonathan Kraft, among others. Overall responsibility for business strategy, partnerships, operations, investor and board matters, and corporate development. Instrumental in key accounts and partnerships with SMG, TMP, Primedia, Citysearch and the US Postal Service. CitySquares grew its customer base to over 13,500 local and national advertisers, headcount to 23, monthly website traffic exceeding 2.2M unique visitors, and earned a reputation as the pioneer of hyper-local search. CitySquares was acquired by Pixelfish in 2010.
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Behaved citizen by day, unruly insomniac by night. And still standing.
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Start-up guy, change agent and behaved citizen by day, unruly insomniac by night. A dash of mania, a sprinkle of wonder, combined with a heaping tablespoon of impulsiveness. Unwilling to follow the masses, longing for truth and meaning, having some fun along the way. You can also find me here and here.
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Still breathing, still driving, still standing - still here!
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Raleigh, NC
Just popped in, needing an afternoon pick-me-up. Sat down at my desk with a double espresso, and was instantly transported to Italy. Best espresso I've had in a long time. Truly. Well done Boston Brewin.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
I was looking to upgrade my home theater sound system to allow for both a high quality listening experience for my vinyl collection, for uncompressed and compressed digital music, but also for movies. After doing some research I decided to do it the right way and make an investment in some nice high-end speakers and replace my current run-of-the-mill 5.1 speakers. I read a little about Q Audio here on Yelp and otherwise as well as a few other places. Last weekend my first stop was to Q Audio where i met with the owner Dariusz. As I explained my needs he immediately steered me in the right direction and introduced me to a product line that he is clearly very proud of and knowledgeable about. I got the sense from him, based on his enthusiasm and passion for the product, that I was in good hands. He was just what I was looking for; an expert who was passionate and helpful without being pushy or pretentious about it and whom also respected my needs, desires, and knowledge. I definitely spent more than I was planning to spend but I felt good about it. Dariusz was careful to describe the ins-and-outs of the product, give me extremely helpful tips on setting it up and getting the most of it, and placing my order for me. Little did I know that I'd have to wait a few days to get my product, which was a little frustrating but to be expected as his shop is not big enough to hold much inventory. The money I spent made the wait all the more exciting. While we waited Dariusz was good enough to give me the FedEx tracking number so I could eagerly watch its progress. Along the way I gave him the measurements of my house, the details of my equipment, and he customized my wiring and connectors, and gave me very detailed instructions on how to make the most of it all. When the packages arrived I drove over to Q Audio like a bat out of hell, as eager as a child on xmas morning. He helped me load up my car and gave me specific reminders about the connections even put post-it notes on the boxes. After 48 hours of drilling, wiring, connecting, calibrating I have to say I am absolutely thrilled with the products! I've been listening to a wide range of vinyl and digital music and watching movies and sports with a whole new appreciation for high fidelity audio. And needless to say the speakers look absolutely awesome in here! I even filled the speaker stands with sand, as per Dariusz's instructions and spiked them into my floor and holy moly what a great sound. Even as recently as a few hours ago Dariusz was available by phone to answer a few last-minute questions and sounded as willing and passionate as that first visit a week ago.
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Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
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