Ben Barbersmith

runner · developer · entrepreneur

/now

— Last updated on Dec 13, 2020

Just over four months ago I quit my awesome job at Google to live the dream of building my own software business. For the first year or so I plan to explore a few different ideas and build out various MVPs until I find something with traction. I’m also padding out my financial runway with consulting income.

Right now I’m spending 80% of my time consulting for YouTube partners who need strategic technical guidance, and 20% of my time building and launching Exam Copilot: a new an exam preparation tool for commercial pilots studying for their ATPL in the UK and Europe.

Over the last couple of months, I’ve adopted an intermittent fasting lifestyle (eating 12pm to 8pm only) and I’ve made time to rediscover my love of distance running. I’m enjoying a solo half marathon most weekends — on an empty stomach. It has been amazing to see what the body can handle.

My spare time is currently split between:


(This page is inspired by Derek Sivers’s post The /now page movement.)