Ben Compaine has divided his career between the academic world and private business.
He is Director of the Fellows Program at the Columbia University Institute for Tele-Information (CITI) and Lecturer in the D'Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University.  

He is a senior consultant for the Innovation International Media Consulting Group where his team created a strategic plan for the founders of an entrepreneurial publishing company in Moscow, Russia. 

Previously he was  Research Consultant at the MIT Program on Internet & Telecoms Convergence. He has been a Visiting Professor at Fordham University and Pennsylvania State University and held the endowed Bell Atlantic (now Verizon) Chair at Temple University, where he created and was Chairman of the Center for Information Industry Research. He has been an instructor in financial and strategic management at Boston University and technological entrepreneurship at Northeastern University. 

Ben's entrepreneurial roots run deep. His father and uncle pioneered big box discount merchandising in the late 1950s with the Kiddie Mart chain in the Philadelphia area. Ben founded the weekly Philadelphia Review and later was an angel investor and adviser for the Cambridge Review. He has mentored numerous small businesses. In 1986 Ben co-founded and through 1994 was chief executive of Nova Systems Inc., a firm that created and distributed software for management information reporting in telecommunications centers. From 1979 to 1986 he was executive director of the Program on Information Resources Policy (PIRP) at Harvard University where he had responsibility for funding and directing research on the implications of changing information technology for business, government, and society. Previously he was Director of Books and Studies at Knowledge Industry Publications, Inc