Ben Barbersmith

runner · hacker · entrepreneur · dilettante

About Ben

— Last updated on Aug 10, 2019

I’m a self-confessed running addict, self-taught programmer, part-time entrepreneur, full-time partner engineer, lover of coffee, and father of one.

A cheesy self-portrait of Ben

I studied physics at the University of Warwick from 2005 to 2009, graduating with First Class Honours as a Master of Physics (MPhys). After graduation I moved to the beautiful city of Oxford. I spent four years in Oxford working as a pre-sales engineer, turning business requirements into technical solutions for CoreFiling, a financial reporting software house.

In 2013, Google called me out of the blue. They asked if I’d like to join them as a Partner Technology Manager (a.k.a. Technical Account Manager a.k.a. Partner Engineer). How could I say no? I moved to the fantastic city of Reading and commute each day into London. I currently work on YouTube Music.

I live with my wonderful wife, Carol, and amazing daughter, Anna. I spent most of 2019 on shared parental leave, which means I got to be a full time dad for a year. It was an incredible experience and I’d strongly recommend it to anyone who has the opportunity. I’ll treasure the memories from my first year with Anna for the rest of my days.

My number one obsession is running. I run every day without exception. So far my running streak has lasted for over 3 years. I’ve logged over 10,000 kilometres and I’ve racked up over 100 workouts which were at least as long as a half marathon, including several marathons and ultramarathons. Running is my drug, my medicine, my exercise, my meditation, my challenge, my joy. I’m grateful that I’ve been able to do it every day for such a long time and remain uninjured. Long may it last.

Aside from running, my primary passion in life is programming and building cool stuff. I spend plenty time writing code—primarily in Dart, JavaScript, Go and Python. Outside of my day job I run Caster Level, a software company with the goal of building awesome apps for tabletop RPGs. My main app, Spell Tracker, has over 10k active installs across Android and iOS with thousands of weekly active users. I built it using Flutter, an awesome framework for cross-platform apps.

What else? I continue to learn as much as I can about software development, hack together handy tools to practice what I’ve learned, take photos in an occasional attempt to be arty, and listen to a wide variety of music as the soundtrack to my life.

I release a lot of my work under permissive licences like Creative Commons or the MIT licence, so in general you’re welcome to build on my stuff. You can find some of my code on GitHub. Please let me know if you do anything cool!

Email me anytime - I’ve love to hear from you.

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