Ben Williams

Ben Williams

I'm a creator and engineer who designs and builds things on the web.

Golden Gate Bridge


Co-Founder - Ahoy


I write sporadically on this website and Twitter. See Essays and @biwills.

Open Source Software

I maintain a small set of open-source software:

You can find all my public code on my Github @biw.


  • Lowering barriers to creation and funding
  • The 100 and 1000 true fans monetization models
  • Writing world-class software
  • Chess
  • Playing and making music
  • Reading


Most recently, I was a Product Engineer at Ideaflow, helping build the next generation of knowledge tools.

Before that, I was the co-founder of AuxParty, working on building an immersive 3D social music experience. We scaled the product to 50 countries worldwide with millions of songs listened to collectively and got a chance to put on events with over a dozen amazing artists/producers. We stopped working on it after hitting financial difficulties associated with music licensing.

I also used to moonlight as a Code Reviewer, performing on-demand code reviews and security audits for companies through PullRequest.

Before that, I worked at:

  • Shone with a small product-focused engineering team working on autonomous technologies for container ships.
  • Aero which at the time, was working on rethinking business travel. They have since pivoted.
  • Masterclass as a Software Engineer, working on the growth team & engineering tooling.
  • Microsoft as an SWE Intern, working on Windows kernel security.
  • Tensentric as an SWE Intern, working on medical device security.

Contact me

🌻served from a computer in San Jose, California