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Hello! I'm Ben Werdmuller.

Right now, I'm working on product development at Unlock.

I’ve been creating online communities, websites and applications for 24 years. I created one of the first web magazines and helped pioneer the use of social software in universities. I was also the inaugural Geek in Residence at the Edinburgh Festivals Innovation Lab.

Most recently, I was the Director of Investments in San Francisco for Matter Ventures, which supports early-stage entrepreneurs who have the potential to create a more informed, inclusive, and empathetic society.

Before that, I co-founded Elgg, an open source social networking platform that is used by governments and corporations around the world. It became one of the first social intranet platforms.

More generally, I’m a creative tinkerer: I like to write and build new things and share them with people. I love food, meeting new people, and adventure, and care deeply about creating a fairer, more inclusive world.

You can learn more about my professional background on LinkedIn, or connect with me on Twitter and GitHub.

You can always email me at