Benjamin, High School Internship- STEM/Nanotechnology

Ben is the Founder and CEO of Privy, an Ecommerce company that supports 200,000+ marketers in over 180 countries.

Ben was a junior at Newton South High School when he became interested in what was a new scientific field at the time called nanotechnology. After researching the companies in Boston area, we connected him to the CEO of Nantero, which at that time was a new startup in greater Boston. At Nantero, Ben was trained to work on wafer-scale electron beam lithography, using a scanning electron microscope to define high-resolution features on test chips. The Chief Scientific officer wrote a stellar recommendation for college and Ben was accepted to Cornell where there was ongoing research in nanotechnology.

 Ben’s high school internship in a STEM field jump-started his career. Following that, each successive internship led to the next one. Hired immediately from his last college internship, he began his career journey in technology.

 “My internships provided a first hand experience of several, very different career paths. Summer long exposure in each different environment was all it took for me to change or validate my true passions. “

 Benjamin’s career path- Cornell Engineering, Internships at Nantero and Lux Research, Associate at Great Point Energy and Analyst at Great Point Ventures, Founding Partner at Oasys Water.

During his freshman summer at Cornell, because he had already interned in Nanotech in high school, he was able to parlay that internship to a prestigious internship in New York City. Lux Research is an independent research and advisory firm, providing strategic advice and ongoing intelligence on emerging technologies. While at Lux, he co-authored The Nanotech Report, a widely distributed reference guide for fortune 500 companies and corporate investors.

The following summer in NYC, Ben piggybacked his previous experiences to an internship in wealth management at UBS, a Swiss global financial services company. After his junior year in college, Ben interned at Great Point Energy in Cambridge, MA, a venture-backed natural resource company, producing natural gas from clean coal.

Benjamin was hired as an analyst immediately after his college graduation at this clean energy firm.  

He continued his working relationship with one of the partners who formed GreatPoint Ventures, focusing on business development and operations for early stage clean tech and biotech portfolio companies. One of their portfolio companies was Oasys Water, which provides technology that lowers the cost to produce clean water from salt-water sources. Ben became a founding partner and after learning how companies are formed and funded, at age 28, Ben founded Privy, helping businesses grow with Privy’s Ecommerce software.

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