Born in Chicago, I lived in the U.S. until age ten, when my family moved to Israel. I went to high school in Jerusalem during the second intifada. During high school, I represented Israel in two international debate tournaments, and did voice training for two years as part of my school’s music program.
I moved back to the U.S. in 2004, studying at Boston University where I majored in philosophy and political science and minored in international relations. While at BU, I raced with the BU Cycling Team and wrote a political column for the BU student paper, while working as a web developer. I took off my junior fall semester to explore the country on a motorcycle. I graduated magna cum laude in spring 2008.
I have been developing websites and web applications since middle school (see my CV). In April 2010 I founded New Leaf Digital, a consulting business specializing in custom Drupal development. Later that year, I co-founded Antiques Near Me, a local search portal for the antiques industry. In 2011 I began shifting my professional focus to the Node.js ecosystem.
In September 2011, I moved with Stephanie Garlow to Argentina. We have a travel blog where we chronicle our adventures. A year later, we moved to San Francisco. We got married in September 2013. On weekends we like to ride our motorcycle around beautiful northern California.
Please feel free to email me at ben at benbuckman dot net.