Ben Hughes is a software engineer at Airbnb. If the site is down, he tries to make it not down. If the site is up, he tries to keep it up. Ben is known to say words like “buffer pool”, “IOPS”, and “transactionality” to give the impression of knowing things about databases. He enjoys the simple life of a graph farmer.

Prior to Airbnb, Ben co-founded a neighborhood information start up, NabeWise, that was acquired by Airbnb in 2012. In this job, he sometimes did things with pixels or JavaScript, in addition to staring at green text on a black background.