Ben West

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Donations

How much do you plan to donate?: 
Roughly everything over minimum wage
To which causes?: 
Animal welfare
Existential risk and far future causes
For how long?: 
Until I retire
Selected past donations: 
AmountToWhen
25000Animal Charity Evaluators2013
~75000Various charitiesBefore 2013
Donations I've helped influence: 
AmountToDonated byWhenAny details
Past donations: 

Elsewhere on the web

Your views and values

Moral philosophy: 
Consequentialist/utilitarian (or think that this covers the most important considerations)
Causes you think you should devote resources to: 
Animal welfare
Improving rationality or science
Existential risk (artificial intelligence)
Existential risk (other)
Far future concerns (besides existential risk)
Cause prioritization
Meta charities which direct resources to these causes
Actions you're taking to support these causes: 

Earning to give (entrepreneurship)

Hours a month spent on these activities: 
200
Diet: 
Vegan
Other social movements identified with: 
Animal Rights
Rationalist/LessWrong
Transhumanist
Causes and communities you're interested in: 
Earn-to-give
Entrepreneurship
Existential risk and far future causes
Machine intelligence risk
Prioritization research

You and EA

Year you first heard the term 'Effective Altruism': 
2012
Groups you're a member of: 
The 'Effective Altruists' Facebook group
LessWrong
Which factors were important in 'getting you into' Effective Altruism, or altering your actions in its direction?: 
The online EA community
80,000 Hours
Personal contact with an EA or EAs
Organisations you've volunteered or worked for: 
Animal Charity Evaluators (formerly Effective Animal Activism)
Number of friends who'd describe themselves as Effective Altruists: 
0-5 friends
How you first heard about 'Effective Altruism': 
80,000 Hours

Your career

Planned career path: 
Earning to Give
Confidence that you'll take this career path: 
I am currently working in this career path, and do not anticipate changing.
Current occupation or career: 

Founder of a healthcare IT startup

Are you currently doing earning to give?: 
Yes
Any ways you could help others with their careers: 

I've done a lot of the career paths available to software developers: developer, architect, manager, startup. Happy to advise.

Also happy to talk about startup stuff, advise on business plans, etc.

Skills: 
Coding; Entrepreneurship; Management; Philanthropy

Demographics

Gender: 
Male
Highest level of education completed or currently pursuing: 
Undergraduate degree (bachelor’s)
Country: 
United States
City: 
Middleton, Wisconsin, WI
Religious beliefs: 
deist / simulationist
Full-time student?: 
No
Might you be able to let EAs stay with you at the moment?: 
Yes