Ben Handzo

Seasoned Product, UX, & Data Leader

I have been working in Product Management and UX design for 15 years. Most recently I lead regulatory and data products for Bird from 50 employees through their public listing. Before that I led product at NationBuilder, an A16z backed startup, building organizing tools for campaigns and nonprofits. My passion is combining the "art" of product vision, with the "science" of established frameworks for scalable and repeatable success.

Data and structured customer understanding are the two pillars th…

Ben Handzo



  • Bird


    Director, Product

    Jul 2018 - Sep 2022

    Bird created dockless e-scooter sharing.

    • Product lead for public company compliance & internal tools immediately following public listing.
    • Led cross functional ‘mission team’ (including PM's. Product Marketers, & Policy Specialists) focused on cities & regulators.
    • Built streaming data pipeline using Flink & Kafka to create source of truth for vehicle state.
    • Built a full suite of API's to allow MaaS integrations.
    • Chaired the Technical Council of the Open Mobility Foundation responsible for the open source MDS Specification.
    • Conceived and executed Bird’s GovTech platform
    • Led cross-functional team building platform to optimize supply using data science models and operational tooling.
  • Nationbuilder


    VP of Product

    Oct 2015 - Jul 2018

    NationBuilder is an A16Z backed startup that is building an all in one platform that gave nonprofits, movements, and campaigns the ability to connect deeply with their people.

    • Built product team from ground up; managed team that included product managers, product designers, and product writers.
    • Led product and engineering teams through 2016 election during which platform was used by 4 of 5 presidential candidates and 4,000 other candidates nationwide.
    • Launched integrated payments platform as new revenue stream.
  • Citysearch


    Product Manager

    Oct 2011 - Jul 2013

    Citysearch was the original online directory.

    • Led the transition of Citysearch’s mobile website in-house, increasing revenue 30% and user engagement 50%.
    • Relaunched Citysearch Android app.
    • Led redesign of Citysearch iPhone app to focus on expert content and photography.
    • Created and built “Guides by Citysearch,” a fully responsive local guide experience.

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