Reimagining the Travel Agent / Tour Operator Digital Relationship
A tech enabled tour operator redefines his relationship with travel agents using modern, digital tools.
Ben Block is a technology entrepreneur and business operator with vast experience in all things Internet. Ben has worked with early stage startups, mature private Internet companies as well as large public corporations.
In August 2016, Ben was named CEO of DH Enterprise & Associates, a New York based Internet travel company selling prepackaged leisure vacations through both the web and its call center. For the two years preceding his appointment as CEO, Ben served on DH’s Board of Directors, providing technical and management advice to the board and management team.
In 2014 Ben Co-Founded Bask Labs, a business focused on developing data driven solutions for the online food ordering space. He was responsible for driving the product and technical innovations the company brought to online food ordering through its personalization technology. Under Ben’s leadership, Bask built a content-based recommendation engine and an intelligent search engine. These two products led to the sale of Bask to GrubHub in 2016.
For the 7 years prior to co-founding Bask, Ben was CTO at W3, Ltd, a London based Internet company operating brands in the online classifieds space. W3’s largest and most successful product was Vivastreet, a general classified site marketed in Western Europe and Latin America. Under Ben’s technical leadership, the infrastructure scaled to support over 25 million page views and 3 million users globally each day. During his time at W3, revenue increased to over 40mm euro annually. As the business scaled, Ben’s team grew globally across 4 different countries (US, UK, Ukraine, and India). The growth and success of Vivastreet led W3 to sell the Mexican business unit to Ebay in 2014. Ben relocated back to New York at this time.
Before joining W3, Ben spent 7 years at News Corp, working primarily in the Fox News division. By the end of his tenure, he was running the Internet Technology Department, consisting of engineers, software architects, system administrators, project managers and QA personnel. Ben’s team developed the first true content management system ever used in the Fox News newsroom, and brought various innovations to the consumer facing website, specifically around the use of video and advertising technology in the early and mid 2000s.
Ben graduated cum laude from NYU in 1999 with a passion for the Internet and a degree in Economics. He lives in New York with his wife and two children.