Benjamin Howes

Software Engineer & Entrepreneur

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Hi, I’m Ben. I’ve been experimenting in starting tech businesses for over 10 years. Currently, I’m a python contractor and CTO/Cofounder at Hedira.

I post here about what I’m working on and learning.

To contact me; follow me on twitter or email “ben@” this domain.

I hope you enjoy!

Writing

The 4 week MVP for Hedira

In the past 4 weeks, I’ve been working to take an idea and develop it into something good enough to help us prove our startup’s fundamental assumptions. This MVP is for Hedira, an app which helps people keep their house plants alive with timely reminders to water their plants. On... Read more...


Making subscriptions for consumables work

Keeping coffee in the cupboard A domestic frustration of many ages has been running out of everyday items when you need them. Milk, bread, Shampoo, coffee, toilet roll. A domestic frustration many of the “Amazon prime generation” (and as we all know, the prime-age immediately follows the space-age) is that... Read more...


How I decided to shut down my successful small business

In this post, I’m telling the story of how I decided to walk away from a profitable small company that I started. After making £1M in revenue, I made some of my closest friends redundant, let clients go and wound up operations altogether. Setting the scene The company we’re talking... Read more...


Projects

 
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Hedira

Hedira helps you look after plants by giving you the right advice at the right time. Native apps for iOS and Android. Read more...
 

Stalemate

Stalemate is a PR dashboard for your Github organisations. See CI, Reviews and mergability at a glance. Read more...
 

Zoetrope Labs

Zoetrope Labs was an IoT consultancy which I founded and grew to a team of 7 people. We completed projects for the GSMA, e.on etc. Read more...
 

Overlock

Overlock is an IoT debugging product which my team and I created at Zoetrope to address the difficulties of remote debugging IoT. Read more...
 

Tavern

Tavern is an HTTP/MQTT integration testing system designed for integration testing API's and IoT systems. Read more...