Ben Ashpole is an entrepreneur, data integration scientist, machine learning researcher, and mentor whose year career spans the public, for-profit and non-profit sectors. As founder and CEO of Bashpole Software, Inc. since 2006, Ben leads a team of researchers, developers, and marketing specialists in pursuit of the promise of AI and Machine Learning. The current main target audience for this research is the U.S. Government SBIR program and for this software produced by the research is the non-profit sector. One area of emphasis is creating ways to automate the Google Ad Grants Program, which represents a vastly underutilized resource worth billions of dollars annually in free advertising.
Ben has published peer-reviewed papers on semantic integration and is the recipient of six DARPA SBIR contracts, state incentives, and National Science Foundation Grants totaling more than $5 million. Through the latter, Ben has become a sought-after subject matter expert on identifying and obtaining non-traditional sources of funding such as federal and state grants; crowd-funding; non-profit sponsorship; and partnership arrangements.
In addition to organizing three international conferences on data alignment, Ben has also served as advisor to other startups and small businesses through the Wharton School of Business and his local Chamber of Commerce.
An inventor himself, Ben is well-versed in intellectual property, holding two patents for consumer product inventions.
Ben holds undergraduate degrees from Indiana University with majors in each of Computer Science, Mathematics, and Cognitive Science; and a master’s in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania.
You may learn more about Ben’s accomplishments and work history on LinkedIn.