Get to know the presenters:
Benjamin, not Ben, the taller but skinnier non-beer drinking part of B^2, is a medieval historian who got lost while studying the economic causes of the black death and ended up dealing with the economics around mineral processing. On the way, he has detoured and put together Oreninc (which tracked all junior financing for five years), Aston Bay Holdings, which did a deal with BHP on its copper project. Plus, Benjamin has the dubious distinction of working for a hedge fund during the last financial crisis. He has five kids, one dog, one wife, and knows how to swing a hammer when he is broke (which due to the detour to the mining industry with a large family seems to happen way too frequently). He is also writing a Ph.D. under John and Nadja on water economics in mining. He can be paid with dark chocolate if you need a favour.
Ben, not to be mistaken for Benjamin, is a metallurgist / mineral processor. The first part of his career was spent working at different mine sites around the world. This was where he developed his love of bubbles. He then flipped to the ‘dark side’ of equipment sales and has worked for several OEMs both in his native Australia and in the Americas. It was during this time he started thinking about how equipment used in processing plants and how paradigms around the equipment often hold the industry back. He also started working with Benjamin and focusing on how to unlock value in mining operations. Currently he works for FLSmidth looking after a large copper miner and three large gold miners along with shepherding FLSmidth’s efforts in the gold space. He lives in Denver Colorado with his Wife and three small, but particularly loud, kids.