Ben Ward

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Full-Stack Developer

Ruby on Rails


My Story

Hi, I'm Ben Ward. I'm a Software Developer based in Maui. My first company, Solis K.K., was one of the first ICANN accredited domain registrars in Japan. My second company, Maneo K.K., was the first social lending company in Japan. After that I created Maui-based Cheqbook, a cloud accounting SaaS that saves small-business owners and bookkeepers 2 weeks a year managing their books. I am currently Vice-President of Engineering at Findery based in San Francisco. Findery is a user-generated-content platform for users to share what fascinates them about places in the world. My passions are Ruby on RailsReact, making, swimming and cycling.

"You know . . . like nunchuck skills, bow hunting skills, computer hacking skills." - Napolean Dynamite


Backend (Ruby/Rails)


Frontend (React/Angular)


Database (SQL/NoSQL)


Teamwork (TDD/Pairing)

Recent worksShow and tell time

Some words from clients and peers(These people were not paid to say this.)

I've known Ben for nearly 10 years and had the pleasure of working with him on 3 different ventures. Ben is an expert at prototyping; turning ideas into innovative products/services. Moreover, he brings a high level of enthusiasm to any project which is contagious and helps to energize those around him. Needless to say, he is a pleasure to work with and I strongly recommend him if you are thinking about developing a new service on the Internet.

Jeffrey Char - Founder & CEO, J-Seed Ventures -

Ben is an engineer with an amazing ability to stay focused and get the job done. I got to know Ben during the fall of 2011. I'm simply astounded by how much progress he's made on the application in the past 18 months (mid 2013) with relative little help given what's been accomplished. I can say this wholeheartedly, as I'm using to run several family businesses with great success (compared to Quicken or QuickBooks)

Justin Gordon - Consultant and Founder at Shaka Code, LLC -

Maui Labs has been a very reliable and dependable outsourcing resource for WIXI. The president Ben Ward has always been quick to help come up with creative and innovative solutions to our continuously changing business. Maui labs has also shown expertise and understanding in the Japanese market, a huge benefit for any company needing assistance with any systems which may encounter double-byte issues or problems with their software.

Darshaun Nadeau - Founder/CEO Hubnami/Wixi -

Ben is a true team player. He was hired to work on one particular project, but when we needed him to help fill a management vacancy he was willing to step up and accept the responsibility. He did an excellent job managing his team, dealing with the constant stream of work and skillfully dealing with a number of challenging customer relationships.

Peter Chow - Project Manager at the International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna -

Ben is a detail-oriented manager and the kind who makes things happening without being afraid to work after hours. Full of very good ideas and energy, it was a pleasure to work with such an easy going person and technically very capable.

Jean-Michel Becar - Head of the Program Management Office and Lead Architect IAEA -

Latest posts

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April 3, 2020
Making face masks and shields on Maui

I’m  proud to be part of a bunch of makers and volunteers making face masks and shields here on Maui.   Some people

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February 19, 2019
Faster VIM using Kitty instead of Iterm2

I do my coding in vim. My favorite part of vim is  the speed at which you can get things done once you’ve spent the

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June 29, 2018
Finding Remote Work from Hawaii

I wanted to share what worked for me in my last job search. I’ve sent this to 4 people so I figure it would make

October 11, 2017
Increase your vim performance when using syntax highlighting

For any vim people, I thought you might find this useful. As people who have paired on my machine can attest, I have had super

February 11, 2017
Picking your own wings with JQuery

I just did another post about the Kafkaesque face swapping art installation I did at ArT=Mixx at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center on 2/4/2017.

February 11, 2017
Face Swapping with Python & OpenCV

We just had ArT=Mixx Metamorphisis here at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on 2/4/2017. The ArT=Mixx is a free event where artist and audience

October 26, 2015
How to be fierce, kill heroes, and conquer imposter syndrome

It was Saturday 4:30AM. I was 30 hours into at the Hawaii Uber/@devleaguehawaii hackathon when React-Native doesn’t work. Someone had already asked why I needed to

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October 16, 2015
Dealing with memory bloat in Ruby

At Findery, we had an issue where image manipulation was failing when we ran out of memory (“Cannot allocate memory – convert”) on our web

October 14, 2015
SQL Injection from the Fast Lane

File under “It’s not funny if you have to explain the joke”   Typical speed camera traps have built-in OCR software that is used to

November 11, 2014
Learning Swift with friends and family

Two friends of mine were interested in getting into programming. I thought it would be great for Shion and I to learn Swift: Apple’s new programming