Ben Stukenborg

Ben Stukenborg

Product Design in New York


12 years' experience helping create new products at NASA, Facebook, Latch, TipTop and a host of early-stage companies.

Work Experience

2018 — Now
Product & UX Research Consultant at Freelance
New York

Helping early-stage founding teams go 0->1: Supernow, Affect Therapeutics, Atomic Returns, Feelmore Labs, Vowel, Goldman Sachs Marcus

2022 — 2023
New York / Los Angeles

Designed TipTop from the ground up, including TipTop Cash (iOS app to 'cash out' your used devices with courier pickup and instant payment) and TipTop Pay (Shopify app for buying items with a buyback guarantee). Collaborated with Robert Mäbert to design the identity, translating his creative brand direction into the design language, interface guidelines, and design systems.

2021 — 2021
Associate Design Director [Contract] at Frog Design
2017 — 2018
New York

First product design hire. Re-architected access provisioning system so that building managers could edit access to 100s of people and 100s of doors via a 'Key' (the fundamental concept we envisioned).

2016 — 2017
Product Designer [Contract] at Meta
Menlo Park
  • Business Integrity team: Redesigned Ads Policy page, resulting in 3.9% increase in ad re-creation amongst advertisers who violated a policy

  • Targeting team: Designed Value-based Lookalikes beta so that marketers could ascribe LTV to lists of customers they used to seed Lookalikes

2015 — 2015
Interaction Designer [Contract] at NASA Ames Research Center
Mountain View

Prototyped digital version of NASA TLX, which won NASA Software of the Year, 1st Runner Up.

2013 — 2014
Cofounder at RemoteCycle

Started subscription billing company for mobile money markets. Designed and built billing system and launched pilot in Nairobi, Kenya with SmartLife (IDEO-incubated).

2011 — 2013
Cofounder at Local Energy Technologies

Started smart metering company, managed hardware and software development, designed demand-management interfaces, and piloted beta in Port-au-Prince in December, 2012.

2010 — 2011
Cofounder & Architect at Arxterra

Started earthen housing company in post-earthquake Haiti. Designed and built prototypes with RebuildGlobally and Habitat for Humanity.


2016 — 2016
Master of Human-Computer Interaction (Dropout) at Carnegie Mellon University

Dropped out to stay at Facebook.

2006 — 2011
Bachelor of Architecture at Oklahoma State University