About

Benjamin EllisBenjamin has a dual accredited BSc/BEng degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Kent at Canterbury (specialising in embedded systems and networks), a Post Graduate Certificate of Education in Science and Technology and a Church Colleges Certificate in Religious Studies from Canterbury Christ Church University, a graduate Diploma in Psychology from the Open University, and a spectacular fail in Grade 3 Classical Guitar.

He is often described as Social Technologist, an entrepreneur, and a data geek, and has worked in the on-line world since the 1980’s, including the early phases of companies including Cisco Systems and Juniper Networks, and start up projects with Microsoft, IBM and Motorola.

After more than two decades working at the leading edge of technology, Benjamin is still passionate about what can be achieved at the intersection of people and technology, to make the world a better place. He has also worked as a photographer, and a bass player, and can occasionally be found in a recording studio.

He is the CEO and CMO at SocialOptic (blog), and continues to support technology start ups, in both investment and advisory roles, and businesses undergoing digital transformation.

He makes the occasional appearance on Radio and TV, explaining the way that technology is changing how business and society work, and is also active in the academic domain as both a researcher, lecturer, and as a perpetual student.

When he isn’t involved in other pursuits, Benjamin can be found relaxing with his wife and four children at his Surrey home, in as much as anyone relaxes in a home with teenagers and a fast growing business. He also has an uncanny ability to write about himself in the third person – perfected during his time as a senior marketing executive, and mastered during his training as a psychologist. He keeps a flock of chickens, too many guitars and an archive of ancient computing devices.

Do get in touch – it would be great to hear from you.

  3 comments for “About

  1. Beryn Hammil
    May 26, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    Hi Benjamin;

    Not sure how I landed on the video feed of your B2B presentation from yesterday, but I feel like the Universe is pointing me to lessons I need to learn from someone whose POV I can respect.

    I’m an interior designer in San Francisco and a bit of a tech person. I was in the marketing biz before design, so I have a strong understanding of what motivates people to make a buying decision (their emotions, or seeing shiny objects, as you say).

    I’m at the stage where my peers are turning to me for guidance on social media. The information you shared makes what I tell them that much more beneficial.

    Thank you so much for your wisdom and insights.

    I look forward to your response as your schedule permits.

    Best regards,
    Beryn Hammil

  2. benjamin
    September 20, 2010 at 7:31 am

    wow cool photo …. so nature with the little smile. hehe well. btw i am benjamin too

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