Benjamin Shyong

Entrepreneur / Product & Growth Strategy

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About Me

I am interested in building high value businesses that leverage technology to deliver delightful experiences at scale. In particular, the use of distributed systems, data science, and automation to drive superior execution is a theme that I am especially excited about.

I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BSE in Electrical Engineering and minors in Mathematics and Chemistry. While in college, I started an online textbook exchange and a bubble tea shop, co-founded the UPenn iGEM team to conduct synthetic biology research, and worked on biotech commercialization of monoclonal antibodies as well as photodynamic therapy research for applications in radiation oncology.

I am a self-taught programmer and primarily code in Ruby, though I have also used Python, Node.js, Scala, Objective-C, MATLAB, R, and C in past projects. This website is hosted on Amazon S3, and uses Javascript to fetch dynamic content from a Rails 4 app hosted on Heroku.

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Life Stats

I am a proponent of quantified self and am currently tracking my health data with a Basis B1. I also use Foursquare, Moves, Runkeeper, and Nike+ to track location data and workouts. The following stats are updated in real time.

December 2013

Visited 23 different places and traveled to 7 cities. This represents an average of one new place each day.


3,584,485 total steps taken

ran 31 miles, cycled 18 miles, walked 23 miles

2014 Year to Date

Visited 23 different places and traveled to 7 cities. This represents an average of one new place each day.

3,584,485 total steps taken

ran 31 miles, cycled 18 miles, walked 23 miles

Go out and accomplish something great!

Smile. It increases your face value.

Books I Recommend

Projects

2010
2011
2012
2010

Boba Bros - premium tea and beverage shop

I started a bubble tea shop with a friend during my junior year of college. Boba Bros was located on the University of Pennsylvania campus on Spruce Street, adjacent from Wharton's Huntsman Hall.

SEPTA Now - real-time train tracking

For the 2010 PennApps hackathon, I worked on a web app that provided real-time tracking of SEPTA Regional Rail trains. The entire project was completed in 40 hours, and won the student choice award sponsored by First Round Capital.

2011

µWave - internet-enabled microwave

For the 2011 PennApps hackathon, I worked on an internet-enabled microwave. The microwave played a Youtube videos for the duration of the cooking time, and could send a text message as well as post a tweet to Twitter when food was done cooking.

This project was completed in under 40 hours and won the first place prize. Technologies used included Ruby, Rails, Javascript, Node.js, the YouTube API, Twilio SMS API, and the Arduino microcontroller.

2012

Meddik - the intelligence engine for medicine

I dropped out of med school to start Meddik in 2012. Meddik was a graduate of the Blueprint Health accelerator in New York City, and is supported by a group of amazing VCs and angels.

Meddik uses statistical methods to surface the most relevant information based on a given health profile and employs machine learning to improve results over time. Our algorithm calculates a health-specific similarity index between each user to weight user votes with health characteristics and rank content according to those votes.