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Ben Smith is a serial entrepreneur and the CEO of Chancebending Ventures, a full-service consulting and advisory firm servicing seed stage digital startups to Fortune 500 clients. Ben has built and sold multiple venture backed startups, including Blayze inc. Prior to that, Ben was an early Google and YouTube business exec behind YouTube’s biggest partnerships and strategic efforts. Ben created many first of its kind social media partnerships on the web, and lead YouTube’s efforts with Hollywood for years. He helped bridge the gap between Hollywood and Silicon Valley, leaving YouTube HQ to be the company’s first businessperson in Los Angeles.

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The opportunity (and the content arms race)

As we wind down for the holidays I thought I'd try to avoid some Netflix and ice cream and try to share something with you (carb-free!).   If I think back over the year, here is the idea that strikes me the most:   in 2018 I figured out our biggest opportunity is in...

Making podcasts better for you

This new season of the Chancebending podcast is going so well! Chancebending has taken off. We've done record numbers the last two weeks.  And it's been interesting--- I wanted to walk you through some of the challenges everybody goes through when getting a podcast...

Ode to the iPod click wheel

I love functional beauty. The iPod click wheel is a thing of beauty. Apple got so many things right in the early 2000s, and the click wheel was arguably the biggest of all. Chaim Gartenberg recently wrote: "The click wheel was the pinnacle of iPod design....my...

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