Ben T Smith, IV

Managing Partner
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About Me

Ben is an investor in, advisor to, and founder of technology and media businesses.

Ben joined Wanderful Media as its CEO in 2012 to lead its efforts to grow and serve the audiences of 12 major media companies with local discovery shopping solutions across the web, social, tablets and mobile.

Ben is a Venture Partner at Accelerator Ventures and the CEO of Shopco, a shopping media company backed by 12 of the largest newspaper and media companies in the US. Ben left as the President of Reply Media in 2011. Reply is a high growth profitable company that manages a series of local internet properties and provides leads to local businesses. Ben sold a profitable MerchantCircle to Reply! for a significant return in 2011.

As Co-Founder of MerchantCircle, an internet company focused on local, Ben built the largest network of local businesses on the web and one of the fastest growing local advertising networks. Ben incubated MC, as an EIR at Rustic Canyon, where he was focused on helping to finance and create companies in new media and software.

In addition to being the SVP of Corporate Development at Borland through 4 acquisitions, Ben was the original CEO of CodeGear for which he lead the separation and startup. CG is the leading innovator in development tools with brands that include Delphi and JBuilder and over $75MM in annual revenue.

Earlier, Ben co-founded Spoke with USVP and couple of great entrepreneurs in 2002. He guided Spoke to its 50th customer and through 3 rounds of successfully higher financing valuations while establishing a new category with his name on key social patents. Ben remains on the board of Spoke.

Prior to joining Spoke, Ben served the White House as the Senior Advisor for Strategy and Planning, to the Secretary of Transportation for the period of creating the Transportation Security Administration after 9-11. Prior to working for the government, Ben was a Vice President in EDS’s A.T. Kearney management consulting subsidiary, leading the West Coast operations of the Kearney/EDS Venture Development Group. He has advised leading technology companies on business and marketing strategies. As one of the youngest partners in the history of Kearney, he was recognized by Consulting News as one of the top 25 consultants in the world in 2002. Ben has also been interim SVP of Sales and Marketing for a $150M logistics services company and CEO of a 60-person Upside 100 software company.

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Managing Partner


Ben is an investor in, advisor to, and founder of technology and media businesses.


Strategy Consulting, New Company Formation, Strategic Investment, Acquisitions, Channel Strategy, Product Strategy, Marketing, Business Development

Time Period

Since 2000


School Name

Carnegie Mellon University – Tepper School of Business


MBA, Strategy

Time Period

1991 – 1993

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