Ben Barbersmith


β€” Last updated on Jun 23, 2023

What’s going on in my life right now?

I’m running a rapidly growing startup as co-founder and CTO πŸš€

My startup, Levellr, is going from strength-to-strength. 18 months after I joined as co-founder at ~Β£200 MRR, we’re now approaching Β£1M ARR with a talented team of 13 people. Every day is chance to build, grow, and learn.

I continue to shoulder a ton of different responsibilities, but now β€” as a leader, not just as a solo developer β€” I’m challenged by different things. I used to be constantly pushing the boundaries of my software development skills; now I’m learning more about people, management, product strategy and business strategy.

It’s more stressful than ever, but becoming an entrepreneur continues to be the best professional decision I ever made. I love my work more than I ever thought possible.

I’m working to be in the best shape of my life by the time I turn 40 πŸ‹οΈ

I finally feel like I’ve got the hang of parenting. Yes, it’s still hard. But now that my 4 year old daughter is about to start primary school and my 2 year old son is now (mostly) sleeping through the night, I feel like I can cope with the constant demands and the ridiculously limited amount of free time in my life.

So, what am I doing with my limited free time? Working on my physical fitness, of course.

During my student years I was obese. In my late 20s and early 30s I became a marathon runner and built a fairly athletic frame (albeit devoid of upper-body muscle). When my second child arrived, I found myself barely able to keep fit, and put at little weight back on, topping out at 85kg β€” borderline overweight. So! Now that I have some time and energy again, I’ve been working out, losing weight, and putting on muscle.

I hit my garage gym 3 times per week for a rotating of chinups, deadlifts, overhead presses, bench presses, and curls. I hit the stationary bike for 30 minutes of zone 2 cardio after each session. I swim for an hour per week, working on my front crawl. And occasionally I get a run in, too.

After 5 months of consistency (with 100g of whey protein per day) I’m starting to see visible results. Feels good, man.

I’m still in love with our new home in Droitwich, Worcestershire, UK 🏑

I’ve been in love with our new home since we moved in November 2022. I continue to be fairly reclusive β€” my face time comes from my weekly swim, school dropoffs, and many hours of video calls per week for work (and the occasional video game with pals). I’m still okay with that.

Jun 23, 2023 @benbarbersmith