Ben serves as COO of Bold Idea, an organization that he founded alongside Robyn Brown and Jenn Beecham in 2014. Ben is responsible for the development of Bold Idea’s financial management and technology infrastructure, while contributing to the development of the organization’s strategic goals. He also leads the development of education content and supporting materials for the program.
Just like Superman, Ben Davis was raised on the Kansas prairie. The youngest of four brothers, he knew early on the importance of family and a tight community support system. From a young age he was obsessed with building things – a passion that eventually led him to building his own websites in high school. His first project was a music-sharing site built with HTML and Flash.
Eager to learn, Ben had found his superpower in coding. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Business Information Systems from Baylor University, his path quickly took him to Dallas, where he dove into full-stack web development working on several digital marketing teams. His experience includes work with large Fortune 50 companies and public institutions, including ExxonMobil, NASA, Rackspace, 7-Eleven, Nokia and the University of Texas Medical Branch. Ben’s 15 years of experience in web development has helped him hone his expertise in open-source technologies, including:
- Databases: Postgresql, MySQL, CouchDB, Redis, ElasticSearch
- Languages: Python, PHP, Ruby, Javscript (Browser/Node.js)
- Backend Frameworks: Django, Flask, Ruby on Rails
- Server administration: Arch Linux, Ubuntu, Debian
- Deployment & Cloud architecture: Fabric, OpenStack, Docker
> Learn about Ben’s path to Bold Idea in “Inspiring Young Minds: A Developer’s Responsibility”