Checking In: Ben Gott & Trey White
Today on Checking In, the hotel’s recorded storytelling series, we welcome Ben Gott founder of Boxed Water, object company and mobile-based th-oughts.com, to name a few. Whether you consider yourself a creative, Chicago native or entrepreneur, it’s easy to relate to Ben. Listen in as he talks with fellow Chicagoan, Trey White, as they discuss Gott’s entrepreneurial path and how he got to where he is today. Stick around after for a brief Q+A.
Benjamin Edgar Gott
Benjamin started in the creative/business world at the age of 17, during the first dot-com boom. With no formal training or education, Gott taught himself software development, focusing on merging information architecture and design. He has since developed a somewhat avant-garde focus on entrepreneurship that lead him to work on and create a variety of businesses in a handful of industries from beverage, to enterprise technology, to venture capital, to fashion, to home goods, to science.
Some of his projects include founding Boxed Water Is Better, creating the object company, BENJAMIN EDGAR, founding the peer-to-peer education service th-oughts.com, is partner at the venture capital fund Wakestream Ventures, serves as an advisor to the retailer Notre Shop, and started THE BRILLIANCE! culture blog in 2005 with Chuck Anderson and Virgil Abloh.
Checking In is a live interview series hosted by the Chicago Athletic Association hotel. It features discussions with innovators who shape how we consider contemporary art and culture. Now moving well into its second century of existence, the Chicago Athletic Association hotel remains intent on capturing stories from those who write today’s narrative – because it’s never too late to start preserving history. The Checking In series is recorded in front of a live public audience, complimentary, and open to all. Find all past recordings here.