Then, as a side project, Ben created FlightTrack, which was the best-selling travel app for four years and was featured by the New York Times (“Brilliant,” “incredible,” “amazing”), Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Reuters, Forbes, Scientific American, Entrepreneur, Travel + Leisure, Macworld, NY Post, Chicago Tribune, Inc., La Repubblica, Globe and Mail, TIME, ABC, Today Show, CNN, Travel Channel, 30 Rock, and by Google and Apple (Steve Jobs keynotes, Apple retail stores, Apple App Store Hall of Fame, etc.).
Ben then started Mobiata, which produced several travel apps including HotelPal, the first native hotel booking app (“The app I would have expected to see from the big travel sites” — Peter Greenberg, CBS News Travel Editor) , and FlightBoard, a live airport departure and arrival tracker. The apps were featured by the New York Times, Boston Globe, Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, Macworld, CNN and Apple TV, print, web, and retail.
In 2010 Mobiata was acquired by Expedia, where the Mobiata team designed and launched the official Expedia app, a top-five travel app in 46 countries praised by the New York Times for its “clean design” and “ease of use“ and featured by the BBC, Forbes, USA Today, and others. Ben left Expedia in 2012.
FlightTrack, FlightBoard, and Expedia won Webby Awards, and in 2009 Businessweek named Ben among America’s Top 25 Best Young Entrepreneurs. Ben has given lectures and workshops at the University of Michigan, Carleton College, Startup Weekend, and 1,000 Pitches, and in 2013 gave a keynote address for 1,000 Expedia employees.