Sarah, Jay, and Hermione's Love Triangle

Ben dishes on the awkward dynamic caused by his desire to date Sarah.

The mess with my sister and Sarah is why you should never mix business and pleasure -- things can get complicated very quickly. Unfortunately it is also natural to do business with people you know, like, and trust, so it is not always possible to avoid.

However since my sister and I are now working together and living together, it can get complicated quickly. Sarah is attractive and I can’t help but want to take her out, but at the same time I don’t want to upset my sister so I am trying to walk this fine line. I just hope my sister and Sarah have finally sorted it out, or I may have to choose between my sister and Sarah, and that is a battle that Sarah would lose.

Just to complicate things Hermione is now dating Jay, and Sarah has it in her mind that she and Jay were dating, so you have a crazy dynamic where I want to date the girl that my sister’s date was dating! But you only live once, so I am prepared to take a risk and try with Sarah again. We had a great time at SXSW, but it was nothing really more than some chemistry. However chemistry should not be ignored. I just hope that Sarah is not as complicated as everyone makes her out to be, so I will give her the benefit of the doubt, for now.

This just shows how small Silicon Valley really is. It is really a very small world, and it can get annoyingly small, especially as there are certain "cleeks" which are even smaller. Before moving to Silicon Valley, I always kept by business life and personal life very separate, but in Silicon Life the two are very much combined; everybody seems to know your private business and it’s impossible to escape from!

Regardless of this craziness I am enjoying working with my sister. She is really pulling together the partners we need, and we are very excited to have the industrial design company Lunar on our team. They are an incredible company and amazing to work with. Watching them start to take a concept I came up with and turn it into reality is really exciting, I just hope my idea works!

The process of creating hardware is a lot more challenging than building software, which is why we decided on Lunar. They have the expertise to understand the challenges of hardware. The first step is to actually validate the idea, i.e. is my idea crazy or do the basic principles work. Now being an engineer myself I am reasonably confident that the basic idea I came up with is sound; however there is nothing like having a second opinion!

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