Ted Benson

Founder @ NLUDB. We help you ship products that understand human language.

Arlington, VA


Office Hours

How does this work?

I help companies build wonderful products with artificial intelligence.

Ask me about
Natural Language Processing
Natural Language Understanding
Document Extraction
Artificial Intelligence Software
Machine Learning
Data Science and Machine Learning Platforms
AI & Machine Learning Operationalization Software
Machine Learning Software
Work experience

Jan 2021 - Present


Founder / CEO

Building something new...

Oct 2020 - Present

Heavy Foundry

AI Product Strategy Consultant

I'm available to coach and advise your AI-related technical architecture, product roadmap, and prototyping efforts. Having worked in AI across the research, startup, and enterprise worlds, it's a great pleasure to lend a hand to teams building ambitious new things.

Sep 2018 - Oct 2020

Taiwan Startup Stadium 台灣新創競技場



Nov 2018 - Jun 2020


Head of Machine Intelligence

Instabase makes a cloud platform that helps Fortune 100 companies process unstructured data and automate complex decisions. The majority of the world’s data is unstructured: news, emails, photos, contracts, and paper forms. Instabase lets computers understand this data, unlocking better efficiency and scale, revealing strategic insights, and enabling new product possibilities. WE ARE HIRING: The Machine Intelligence Team incubates new capabilities from the model development phrase all the way to high-scale production deployment. Our focus clusters around image processing, natural language processing, and program synthesis, and we spend a great deal of time thinking about explainable models, low-shot learning, and hybrid human-computer systems. Reach out at www.instabase.com/about/careers/


Oct 2017 - Nov 2018


Sales, Customer Success, and Machine Learning Engineering

Served a variety of roles to grow our capacity as a small team.

2016 - Oct 2018

Green Visor Capital GP I LLC

Entrepreneur In Residence

Strategic advising on investment in machine learning and platform technologies.


Sep 2014 - Oct 2017


Founder & CEO

Cloudstitch (acquired by Instabase in 2017) is a Y Combinator-backed web platform startup with a mission to make programming and infrastructure accessible to everyone. Our development platform lets users manage and update websites entirely from their office suite --- no need for custom servers and databases. We handle all the hard engineering under the hood, and our users interact with their sites as if they were just spreadsheets, word documents, and shared folders.


Sep 2008 - Aug 2014


Research Assistant and Instructor

Research focused on machine learning, human-computer interaction, and web systems architecture. Developed, and served as primary lecturer for, an experimental, industry-grounded software development course in collaboration with Facebook and several other universities.


Jun 2012 - Sep 2012


Research Intern, Big Picture Group

Led development of an internal information fusion and visualization tool from user requirements gathering to deployment. Developed machine-learning techniques for automated, natural-language explanation of motifs and anomalies in time-series data.


Jun 2011 - Sep 2011


Research Intern, Speech Group

Developed machine learning methods for conversational query refinement in Google’s voice search platform.


Aug 2005 - Jun 2008

BBN Technologies

Computer Scientist, Semantic Web Group

Developed semantic query systems and distributed processing systems for government and defense clients.

Mar 2006 - Apr 2008

John Wiley and Sons


Wrote & published 2 books: - The Art of Rails (Benson) - Professional Rich Internet Applications (Moore, Budd, Benson)


Jun 2004 - Aug 2004


Software Development Intern, Developer Tools Group

Developed automated server management software for what would become AWS


2010 - 2014

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Ph.D., Computer Science

2008 - 2010

MS, Computer Science

2001 - 2005

B.S., Computer Science

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