Ben Schippers

Co-founder & CEO, TezLab

Ben Schippers is the co-founder and co-CEO of HappyFunCorp, a product engineering firm that helps businesses reach the cutting edge of creative software tech and create apps that don’t suck.

Ben Schippers

When bringing a company into your fold, nailing communication requires a clear plan that outlines what needs to be shared, when, how, and to whom.

Follow this playbook to land and complete company acquisitions

A modest proposal to make apps suck less

3:35 am PST • February 12, 2019

As the landscape for designing and building technology continues to evolve, so should the process for designing such systems. Whether it’s for investing or helping to build a product, it’s…

A modest proposal to make apps suck less

As we grow as a culture, especially for newer generations, we need to start asking important questions: ‘how as a species do we begin the education process of device addiction?’…

The technology industry needs to think more seriously about device addiction
Transportation

Tesla, a great family brand

2:00 pm PDT • September 27, 2017

Tesla talks a lot about safety, and rightfully so. They have beaten even the safest cars at their own game and thus have created a family brand in the process.…

Tesla, a great family brand

Most people and most companies understand the term and concept of outsourced development. True to tech, we’ve coined a new term, with a twist: insourced development. Before the term insourcing,…

As interest rates climb, explore insourcing

As any new industry takes shape, technical fragmentation occurs. The connected car is new and hot and, like markets prior, there’s a huge land-grab unfolding in front of all consumers.…

The connected car and another fragmented market

Solve real problems, provide real solutions

7:00 am PDT • September 23, 2016

We love the internet. We love apps. We love the Internet of Things. But most importantly, we love ideas. The accessibility that the internet provides, however, is also what makes…

Solve real problems, provide real solutions
Startups

Tech is primed for an upswing

7:00 pm PDT • August 23, 2016

The past 15 months has created a lot of confusion around where the technology sector is going. I’m constantly being asked by entrepreneurs if the timing is right to start…

Tech is primed for an upswing

As the internet social turf wars continue to mature, the land grab is becoming much better understood. With a few companies controlling 95 percent of the social data, the internet…

Big data and its developer fallout

The internet has become a lonely space, and consumers are hungry for something new. We don’t talk much anymore about new processors, video cards and faster dialup modems — at…

The hungry consumer and the software pivot

Prima donna engineers

11:00 am PDT • June 2, 2016

In a world where engineers truly are the new rock stars and markets continue to be moderately funded, it is not uncommon to witness or experience the engineering “prima donna…

Prima donna engineers

I recently took the opportunity to visit with influential friends and colleagues in the New York City technology space. I sat with longtime friend Nick Chirls, founder of Notation Capital,…

The downside of an over-capitalized market
Media & Entertainment

App Fatigue

8:00 am PST • February 3, 2016

In the 1980s and 1990s it was all about shrink-wrapped software … ah, those were the days. Software was sold on big and small pieces of plastic and shiny CDs.…

App Fatigue
Startups

The Startup, The Burnout

8:00 am PST • December 22, 2015

Burnout is as real as it gets. Burnout is a period of life when your thinking has become relentlessly intrusive, and quieting such thinking only makes it worse, similar to…

The Startup, The Burnout
Startups

The Art Of The Pitch

7:00 am PST • November 26, 2015

I’m fortunate in my day to day. I have the privilege of hearing new and exciting ideas, both by seasoned and budding entrepreneurs. I remind myself that not too many…

The Art Of The Pitch

Engineers Build Ugly Products

8:00 am PDT • October 25, 2015

Why do engineers build ugly products? What is it in the nature of engineering or the software development process that leads to user interfaces that are impossible for users to…

Engineers Build Ugly Products

While hip hop may have ‘too many mc’s and not enough mics’, in tech, there are too many startups and not enough seasoned technologists. Over the last seven years, hopeful…

Graduated From An Engineering Bootcamp? Now What?

At the recent F8 conference, listening to Mark Zuckerberg announce that FB Messenger was going to open up as another developer platform, as Facebook did back in 07, brought me…

Facebook Development Through The Years

The tendency for entrepreneurs is to build big products. The problem with big, feature-rich products is that they take substantial time and money. People talk about this topic frequently, especially…

New-Age Bootstrapping Is Not A Money Problem, It’s A Product Opportunity