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Benjamin Cole
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Lives in New York City, NY
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4 Lessons from Leading a Small Team at Google
As I mentioned in my last post, Friday was my last day at Google after a year and a half on the social impact team. For the last five quarters, I was the product manager for the One Today, a mobile app from Google with the purpose of creating a more sociall...
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Onwards and upwards!
After a year and a half on Google's social impact team, today is my last day. At day's end, I'll hand in my hard-won Google badge, say goodbye to the plentiful free food, and part ways with many colleagues who have become respected mentors and friends. Thes...
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Give $1 to 'Protect Rapidly Vanishing Rainforests' and Benjamin will match it. Support Indonesia Culture Exploration together! – One Today by Google https://onetoday.google.com/m/widQNBqp
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Available on Android and iOS? When did that happen? ;-)
 
+World Wildlife Fund ensures polar bears live peacefully with humans and nature. Open today's gift to learn more and support through One Today by +Google, now available on Android and iOS @ goo.gl/pHibAk   #12DaysofGiving   #Day7
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At Google, we’re always looking for ways to support organizations that are changing the world and supporting people in times they need it most. That is why we recently teamed up with UNICEF and the World Food Program to launch a quick response to Typhoon Yolanda through our mobile app, One Today.  

Over the course of this week, all users of One Today will receive projects encouraging them to support the relief efforts taking place in the Philippines. 

Download the Android app today and help provide relief to the estimated 2.5 million people affected by this disaster. 

Don’t have an Android phone? You can donate on the web as well!
UNICEF: http://goo.gl/sGdFBu
World Food Program: http://goo.gl/rpJ3VK
One Today is an app that brings together people and nonprofits through the ...
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Have you given your $1 gift to the World Food Program yet? Today's the last day that Google is matching donations in honor of World Food Day.
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Reflections on Burning Man
It's been a few weeks since I've been back from Burning Man, and after recounting the experience to many of you, it seemed about time to put my thoughts down for posterity. In short, Burning Man was incredible. When people ask me if it met or exceeded my ex...
It's been a few weeks since I've been back from Burning Man, and after recounting the experience to many of you, it seemed about time to put my thoughts down for posterity. In short, Burning Man was incredible. When people ask me if it met or exceeded my expectations, I reply "Burning Man was a ...
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One Today is now available for iPhones! Tell your friends to download from the App Store!
Get One Today on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
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Today's Global Impact Awardee is a personal favorite of mine: GiveDirectly. Simple concept. Surprisingly innovative. – One Today by Google https://onetoday.google.com/m/x2ts5tIK
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This is a pretty cool project. Who knew sunflowers were so useful?

Give $1 to the nonprofit project 'Sunflowers Against Climate Change' and I will match your donation.
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Today is World Food Day! Give a buck to the World Food Program, and Google will give a buck too. $1 donation, 8 meals for kids.
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Work
Employment
  • Kickstarter, Inc.
    Product Manager, 2014 - present
  • Google Inc
    Mobile Product Lead, Google.org, 2013 - 2014
  • Google Inc
    Technology Pioneer, 2010 - 2011
  • IBM
    Logistics Analyst, 2005 - 2005
  • HWH PR/New Media
    Account Executive, 2006 - 2006
  • Google Inc
    User Experience Researcher, 2007 - 2008
  • Cornell University
    Teaching Assistant, 2007 - 2010
  • Facebook
    Research Scientist, 2009 - 2010
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New York City, NY
Previously
Cambridge, UK - East Meadow, NY - Mountain View, CA - Oxford, UK - Accra, Ghana - Palo Alto, CA - Ithaca, NY
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Technologist & Adventurer
Introduction
Hi, my name is Ben. I'm an explorer, technologist, and adventurer. These days, I spend my time as a product manager at Kickstarter, where I'm responsible for all user-facing functionality for people who are interested in or currently contributing to projects. In my prior lives, I worked at Google.org, and on Google's emerging markets team as a Technology Pioneer, traveling the world and launching new products.

I enjoy going on an adventures, exploring new places, and meeting interesting people. I've been known to take up biking, running, and occasionally rock climbing.
Bragging rights
Went running with bulls in Spain. Got 200 Nigerian small businesses online in one day. Moved to Africa without knowing a single soul or ever having been there. Helped stage flash mobs throughout downtown Accra (capital of Ghana).Climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. Lived on three continents, been to over 30 countries.
Education
  • University of Cambridge
    Advanced Computer Science, 2011 - 2012
  • University of Oxford
    Computer Science & Psychology, 2009 - 2009
  • Cornell University
    Information Science, 2006 - 2010
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