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Benjamin D. Stone

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As a former founder, CEO, COO, general counsel, litigator and marketing director, Ben brings unique experience and perspective to his legal practice. Ben helps entrepreneurs, investors, and companies in a variety of industries—including clean energy, software, sustainability, artificial intelligence, financial services, and consumer goods—grow profitable, sustainable businesses and have a positive impact on the world. Ben has closed hundreds of millions of dollars of venture capital and debt financings, acquisitions, and securities offerings. He also advises executives, shareholders and boards of directors on business and legal strategy and corporate governance and serves as outside general counsel to a number of start-ups.

Prior to joining Mintz, Ben served as Managing Director & General Counsel of MCE Social Capital, an investment firm that finances businesses concentrating on clean energy, sustainable agriculture, and financial inclusion in more than 35 countries across four continents.

Prior to MCE Social Capital, Ben served as Director of Start-Up Development at American Express, where he led a team creating initiatives to fuel high-growth entrepreneurship in the United States.

Prior to American Express, Ben helped start Indego Africa, a lifestyle brand and social venture that provides thousands of female entrepreneurs in Rwanda and Ghana with access to global markets and business education. In 2010, Harvard Business School published a case study about Indego Africa and Ben’s leadership as COO & General Counsel and then CEO.

Ben started his career as a litigation attorney with an international law firm in New York City, where he represented corporations and individuals in major business disputes and government investigations.

Ben has contributed to the public dialogue about entrepreneurship and innovation through more than 100 speaking engagements at a variety of venues, including Harvard Business School, Harvard Law School, Harvard Kennedy School, the US State Department, the United Nations, the National Press Club, the US Chamber of Commerce, NYU School of Law, Columbia School of Law, American Express, and Goldman Sachs. He has been quoted in dozens of media outlets, from the New York Times to Women’s Wear Daily, and regularly writes essays and articles for a variety of publications. Ben also co-authored a chapter for the book Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities, which was described as a "compendium of searing testimony about the immense practical challenges that idealistic changemakers can overcome by dint of their unflagging energy, incandescent visions of humanity and justice, and on-the-ground skills and resourcefulness."

In 2014, Ben teamed up with the founder of Kickstarter to co-found Dollar a Day (now called Give One), a web platform helping people discover and support great nonprofits. It has been featured in Fast Company, Crain’s, TechCrunch, and the Financial Times.

In 2016, Ben was recognized by the Association of Corporate Counsel—a global legal association representing more than 40,000 in-house counsel employed by over 10,000 organizations in 85 countries—as a "Top Ten 30-Something." This annual award recognizes "in-house counsel rising stars for their innovation, global perspectives, proactive practice, advocacy efforts, and pro bono and community service work."

From 2012 to 2017, Ben served as a Term Member on the Council on Foreign Relations, a highly selective five-year membership for young leaders to engage in a sustained conversation on international affairs and U.S. foreign policy with experts through briefings, workshops, roundtables, and trips.

In addition to his law and undergraduate degrees, in 2010 Ben completed the Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurship at Stanford's Graduate School of Business.

Education

  • New York University School of Law (JD)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (BA)

Recognition & Awards

  • Association of Corporate Counsel: Top 10 30-Something (2016)
  • Diplomatic Courier Magazine: Top 99 Under 33 Foreign Policy Leaders (2011)
  • The Global Leaders: Future Global Leader Award (2011)
  • 85 Broads: Guy Who Rocks (2011)
  • New York State Bar Association: Empire State Counsel (2007 – 2011)
  • Fair Trade Federation Photography Award (2009)

Involvement

  • Judge, New Venture Competition, Harvard Business School
  • Venture Partner, NextGen Venture Partners – Align (Nov. 2018 to Present)
  • Pro Bono General Counsel, The Arthur C. Clarke Foundation (Jan. 2019 to Present)
  • Term Member, Council on Foreign Relations (June 2012 to June 2017)
  • Vice Chair of Board, Indego Africa (Sept. 2012 to June 2017)

Recent Insights

News & Press

Viewpoints

In this episode of MintzEdge’s From the Edge podcast, attorney Ben Stone talks to Ananth Kasturiraman and Caroline Fay, co-founders of Skillist, about how their company connects employers with untapped talent in order to increase the efficiency of the labor market.

Skillist addresses underemployment through a skill-based, identity-blind online process. Find out what we miss when we rely entirely on resumes for job applications, how a new platform addresses unconscious bias in hiring, Skillist’s backstory, and more in this exciting podcast.
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Energy & Sustainability Client Feature: Mintz’s Ben Stone Speaks with Solstice Co-founders Steph Speirs and Sandhya Murali.
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In this episode of MintzEdge’s From the Edge podcast, corporate attorney Ben Stone speaks with Steph Speirs and Sandhya Murali, co-founders of Solstice, about their journey starting and scaling a dynamic start-up that aims to make solar energy accessible for everyone in the United States.
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As societies and markets increasingly insist that corporations generate positive social impact alongside profit, investors have taken notice. The global impact investing market alone, for instance, doubled from $114 billion in 2017 to $228 billion in 2018, and will almost certainly continue to accelerate.
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Can PBCs raise venture capital? Find out in this article, which explores the advantages of PBCs and how to best attract investors.
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As the sustainability movement grows, so too do the ambiguities under which boards of directors govern. In this article published by the National Association of Corporate Directors, Thomas R. Burton and Benjamin D. Stone provide suggestions for how boards can navigate this exciting but still developing sector and help corporations generate both profits and positive impact.
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Ben Stone – an attorney at Mintz Levin and a former founder, CEO and General Counsel – talks with Ananth Kasturiraman and Caroline Fay, the co-founders of Skillist, an innovative job application platform connecting untapped talent to in-demand jobs, about their efforts building a mission-driven business and “reinventing the resume.”
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The most effective local clean energy projects result from thorough, targeted, and well-supported research that puts the needs of the surrounding community at the forefront.
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On August 23, 2017, the Department of Energy (DOE) released its “Staff Report to the Secretary on Electricity Markets and Reliability,” which was commissioned by U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry in April to provide an assessment of the reliability and resilience of the United States’ electrical grid.
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News & Press

Mintz corporate attorney Ben Stone discussed his career path and more on the podcast From the Dorm Room to the Board Room, which provides insights, tips and inspiration for college students and young professionals. The podcast is hosted by award-winning author and professor Andy Molinsky and is produced by Brandeis University’s International Business School. In addition, a short summary of Ben’s interview was published by Forbes.
In this blog post, Mintz attorney Ben Stone offers readers guidelines into their Public Benefit Corporations (“PBCs”) fundraising strategy, to put them well on their way to raising transformative capital.
This column notes that as a society, we are increasingly insisting that corporations generate and measure social impact alongside profit. In this piece, Member Tom Burton and Associate Ben Stone discuss both the opportunities and challenges presented to boards of directors. Tom founded, and currently chairs, the firm’s Energy & Sustainability Practice and Ben previously served in-house in social impact roles.
Mintz Boston attorneys Kristin Gerber and Benjamin Stone collaborated on an article for Social Innovations Journal on the subject of Mintz’s approach to supporting the ecosystem of public and private sector actors.

Unlocking Private Sector Capital for Clean Energy and Sustainable Agriculture

March 15, 2017 | https://nextbillion.net/how-loan-guarantees-are-unlocking-private-capital-for-clean-energy-and-sustainable-agriculture/ NextBillion

Unlocking Private Sector Capital for Small and Growing Businesses Around the World

November 14, 2016 | http://genglobal.org/global-entrepreneurship-week/usaid-mce-and-partners-unlocking-private-sector-capital-small-and Global Entrepreneurship Network

Ben Stone, a Mintz Associate, authored this Global Entrepreneurship Network article covering MCE Social Capital’s (MCE) plan to replicate its loan guarantee model, launching a fund dedicated to supporting Small and Growing Businesses (SGB’s) with private sector capital.

Events

Speaker
Jul
17
2019

2019 Impact Capitalism Summit

Big Path Capital

The Nantucket Hotel & Resort, 77 Easton St., Nantucket, MA

Moderator
Jun
11
2019

2019 Academy East

Cleantech Open

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, 600 Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02210

Apr
8
2019

New Venture Competition - Social Enterprise Track

Harvard Business School

Harvard Business School, Klarman Auditorium, 111 Western Ave., Boston, MA

Apr
4
2019

2019 MIT Energy Conference

Tough Tech & The 2040 Grid

Boston Marriott Cambridge, 50 Broadway, Cambridge, MA

Speaker
Jun
12
2018

Cleantech Open Academy East

Wells Fargo 150 E. 42nd Street New York, NY

Panelist
Mar
28
2018
Panelist
Mar
14
2018

Impact Investing MI3 Pitch Competition

MIT Sloan School of Management

Cambridge, MA

Speaker
Nov
14
2017
Speaker
Oct
16
2017

The Rise of Impact Capital and Social Innovation

Harvard College Impact Investing Group

Cambridge, MA

Speaker
Guest Lecturer
Panelist
Apr
4
2017

New Venture Competition

Harvard Business School

Cambridge, MA

Speaker
Jan
17
2017

Dollars and Change on Wharton Business Radio Sirius XM

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

Guest Lecturer
Dec
4
2016

International Transactions Clinic

New York University School of Law

New York, NY

Panelist
Oct
24
2016
Panelist
Speaker
Apr
7
2016

The Impact Investing Podcast with Jamieson Webking

Maine Startup and Create Week

New York, NY

Moderator
Jan
10
2016

Sustainatopia Conference

Sustainatopia

Boston, MA

Panelist
Nov
4
2015

Lawline.com

Lawline

New York, NY

Panelist
Sep
30
2015
Panelist
Speaker
Feb
18
2015

Bliss Communications Speaker Series

Bliss Communications, Inc.

New York, NY