Hi, I'm Benji.

I was born in 1977 in Clearwater, Florida. I'm married to the remarkable composer, Emily Lau. I have three kids, and two dogs.

I've been a computer scientist and a computational linguist for fifteen years, living and working in Salt Lake City, Boston, and now finally Portland, Oregon.

In 2012, Emily and I survived the shipwreck of the Costa Concordia. After months of PTSD therapy, we changed our outlook and decided to make something beautiful and inspirational from the disaster. I wrote a book (Abandoned Ship) and Emily released an album of original compositions (Isle of Lucidity).

Writing that book  and telling the world our story  was one of the most fulfilling experiences I've ever had. So I'm making it my life's work. I've started a company, called Shaxpir, with a mission of nurturing storytellers and building tools for the craftsmanship of story construction.

Life is good.