Ben Kaufman

New York City Joined May 18, 2009

Breaker, Maker, Founder (and CEO) of Quirky. Previously Founder of mophie.

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Creative Direction Branding Product Development

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6 days ago
Ben Kaufman created a new forum topic Donate to the family of Steven Shaw
Thank you who have all reached out with a desire to financially assist Steven's Family. As you know, Steven's world revolved around his genius of a son- PJ Shaw. Quirky has worked with Steven's family, as well as other online communities Steven was a fixture of (egullet, etc) to setup a 529 fund in the hopes that we could all pitch in with enough money to comfortably send PJ to a school worthy of his genius. For those that don't know- a 529 fund is is "a tax-advantaged savings plan designed to encourage saving for future college costs." Quirky kicked it off with a sizable contribution, and dozens of staff members have already contributed meaningfully. If you would like to donate to the fund, please make out a check payable to "New York's 529 College Savings Program Direct Plan" and note "Benefit of Peter Shaw" in the memo line. Send the check to the attention of Suzannah Kerr at Quirky- 606 West 28th Street, NY NY 10001. Suzannah is collecting and will make sure it gets to the family promptly. If you would like to donate money in your Quirky account, simply click the withdraw button, and send an email to payme@quirky.com noting our desire to donate. Susan will make the check out to the 529 fund instead of your normal withdrawal preferences. If you have any Questions, we'll be monitoring this thread. We (and Steven's family) really appreciate your generosity..
6 days ago
Ben Kaufman created a new forum topic Donate to the family of Steven Shaw
Thank you who have all reached out with a desire to financially assist Steven's Family. As you know, Steven's world revolved around his genius of a son- PJ Shaw. Quirky has worked with Steven's family, as well as other online communities Steven was a fixture of (egullet, etc) to setup a 529 fund in the hopes that we could all pitch in with enough money to comfortably send PJ to a school worthy of his genius. For those that don't know- a 529 fund is is "a tax-advantaged savings plan designed to encourage saving for future college costs." Quirky kicked it off with a sizable contribution, and dozens of staff members have already contributed meaningfully. If you would like to donate to the fund, please make out a check payable to "New York's 529 College Savings Program Direct Plan" and note "Benefit of Peter Shaw" in the memo line. Send the check to the attention of Suzannah Kerr at Quirky- 606 West 28th Street, NY NY 10001. Suzannah is collecting and will make sure it gets to the family promptly. If you would like to donate money in your Quirky account, simply click the withdraw button, and send an email to payme@quirky.com noting our desire to donate. Susan will make the check out to the 529 fund instead of your normal withdrawal preferences. If you have any Questions, we'll be monitoring this thread. We (and Steven's family) really appreciate your generosity.
14 days ago
Ben Kaufman replied to a forum topic Community Recognition of Steven Shaw

you can contact me directly any time ben@quirky

14 days ago
Ben Kaufman replied to a forum topic Can we donate a portion of our earnings to the Shaw family?

guys, thank you- i'll find a way to make this happen

15 days ago
Ben Kaufman created a new forum topic In Memory Of Steven Shaw | We Are All Community
“We Are All Community” … but this week, i’m sad to report that we’ve lost our head of community- Steven Shaw. Steven was a man you were all familiar with— an internet pioneer (he practically invented blogging), culinary genius, father of the most brilliant kid on the face of the planet (PJ), and of course husband to the wonderful Ellen. Steven passed away suddenly on Tuesday. It’s hard to imagine a Quirky without him. Emotions are high here at Quirky HQ. Steven made an impact on each and every Quirky employee. -Steven made it a point to personally meet each and every new Quirky employee and introduce the importance of community. -He brought passion and purpose to Product Evaluation every week. -He taught us all that we know nothing about fashion. Regardless of his ironic shirt, he wore a huge smile every day… and that’s all that mattered. -He advocated passionately for advancement and change. -He worked around the clock in a job where you rarely get calls or emails with good news, but rather are always called with a problem or a fire that needs to be put out. And he still loved every minute of it. -Steven was a truly amazing father. His son, PJ will always be a close part of the Quirky family. If we’re lucky— he’ll be running this place one day. Above all, Steven was a remarkable human being. He made Quirky what it is today, and worked tirelessly on behalf of the community. In his first few weeks on the job, Steven took a militant stance (as he would) that “we were all community” staff & not staff, online & offline, new members & old timers— we’re all in this together. As we go through this, lets honor Steven by getting through this as one. This is our chance to show Steven the enormous impact he had on us. Because in Quirky, and in life— we are truly all in this together. Quirky will be holding several special events in Steven’s honor over the next few days and weeks, so please stay tuned. Do refrain from contacting Steven’s family for the time being. If you’d like to send anything- please send to Quirky HQ, and we will get it up to his family promptly. — The community service team is taking a day or two to process all of this, so there will be a delay in service requests. We appreciate you understanding —
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LONNITA JONES
2 days ago
hi please look at my ideas and send a couple of thumbs thumbs up if you like them thank you for your time
Erkam ozel
2 days ago
hello kaufman .. how are my idea ? look (Smart Power) = www.quirky.com/invent/1078268/action/vote/query/sort=trending&categories=electronics love
serena U
6 days ago
thank you :D
serena U
6 days ago
Hello I'm new to Quirky :D I wanted to suggest something about the Fruit Leather Maker. The fruit Leather Maker would be better named ad "FRUIT JERKY" or "QUIRKY FRUIT JERKY" ! I thought of those names after the naming opportunity was closed. I think either one of those names would better sell the product. PLEASE mention it to someone for me .
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se-kang
8 days ago
I'm sure once a good idea, thank you ~ ~ ~ ~ https://www.quirky.com/invent/1061289/action/vote/query/sort=trending&categories=all Send them a good day ~ ~ Good luck-filled day by day ~ ~ ^ ^
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Rebecca McGuire
9 days ago
Ben, I am sorry to hear about Steve's passing. I am new to this site, but it sounds like he will be missed by many.
HighQ
11 days ago
Ben ... The community would like to help the Shaw family and in my case especially PJ. That young man is very special. We're here for them.
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Robert Poulin
14 days ago
Very sorry to hear. My condolances to Steve's family and the Quirky staff. May happy memories and friendship give you comfort.
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Patricia Reid
14 days ago
Having lost my mother at an early age, I'm sure that Steven's son would appreciate a male role model in his life. If you could take on this role periodically, I'm sure that he would appreciate it. God bless.
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JustMe
14 days ago
Such sad news, to hear of the passing of Steven. My condolances to his family & to his Quirky family as well.
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