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Published on Dec 5, 2011
Ben Nelson spent over 10 years at Snapfish, as CEO for more than 5 of those years, seeing the company through from an idea to the world's largest personal publishing service. With over 42 million transactions across 22 countries, nearly 5 times its closest competitor, Snapfish today is among the top handful of e-commerce services in the world. Prior to joining Snapfish, Ben was President and CEO of Community Ventures and was a consultant instrumental in the launching of several ventures within both large and emerging companies -- including the launches of Disney Regional Entertainment for The Walt Disney Company in Asia, mergers & acquisition advisory work in the telecommunications market, and the growth plan for CDNow in the first months after its founding.
Ben graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he first realized his passion for reforming undergraduate education. At Penn, Ben pursued a number of reforms at the University and saw the limits of what an established, progressive University can implement given the constraints it faces. It is from those experiences that the concept for Minerva was developed. Minerva strives to be the world's most elite University, training 21st century leaders and creators with an innovative curriculum taught by the world's most inspirational instructors. Despite providing a more rigorous and analytical education than what is currently available in the market, the University will only cost a fraction of the market rate at $10,000 per year. A level that is accessible to the global brilliant middle class and accelerating the trajectory of the hardest-working, most brilliant students in the world to positively shape our collective future.