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Ben Casnocha

Entrepreneur and Bestselling Author


Business & Management





Ben Casnocha is an award-winning entrepreneur and author from Silicon Valley.

In addition to his writing, Ben is a technology entrepreneur. He founded Comcate, a leading e-government software company, aged 14, and wrote a book about his experience titled “My Start-Up Life”. PoliticsOnline named him one of the "25 most influential people in the world of internet and politics." He also incubates and advises internet entrepreneurs at Wasabi Ventures. BusinessWeek named Ben "one of America's top young entrepreneurs." And dozens of outlets have covered his work including CNN, Charlie Rose, and The Economist.

He is co-author with LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman of the #1 New York Times best-selling book “The Start-Up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career”. He serves as the Chief of Staff to Reid Hoffman, the founder of LinkedIn.

Ben is also co-author of a forthcoming book based on his article in Harvard Business Review entitled “Tours of Duty: The New Employer-Employee Compact”. Ben has separately written for Newsweek, the American Enterprise Institute, NPR’s “Marketplace” and the U.S. State Department.

Ben is an accomplished traveller and speaker. He has spoken to tens of thousands of people around the world. He’s traversed alleyways in Morocco, deserts in northern Chile, and busy city streets in China to lead inspiring conversations about entrepreneurship, careers, and the future of work.


  • Harnessing Your Potential
  • Talent Management
  • Innovation
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Social Media and the Digital Age


  • My Start-Up Life: What a (Very) Young CEO Learned on His Journey Through Silicon Valley, 2007
  • The Start-Up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform your Career with co-author Reid Hoffman, 2012