Meet the team
Benjamin Francis, CEO
Before cofounding Molerat, Benjamin was an independent consultant to software startups, where he started connecting friends to companies and tinkering with the tech that would develop into Molerat. Previously, he worked as chief of staff at Burning Glass Technologies, a software company in Boston. Benjamin served in the Navy after college, where he was a junior officer on the submarine USS ALASKA. (He hasn't been to the state of Alaska yet, but it is a lifelong dream.) Benjamin enjoys learning to play the piano, reading the works of Warren Buffett and Nassim Nicholas Taleb, and watching cooking competitions. He graduated from MIT.
Austin Edelman, CTO
Austin, more commonly known as Austin from Boston, loves board games, sports and novels about law. He most recently found that he loves playing or losing chess games to strangers in Harvard Square.
Professionally, Austin worked in medical research labs since he was in high school and continued after college as a software engineer for a medical device company.
Semi-professionally, Austin helps run the MIT Reality Hack hackathon, which is the VR/AR industry’s hackathon, where he enjoys giving people an answer to the question, what do I want to do with my life and who do I want to do it with?
Emily Francis, CMO
Emily graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with an MBA in 2019, where she studied marketing and general management. After graduating, she worked at Walmart as a Senior Manager in Men’s Apparel. Emily left her job at Walmart to cofound Molerat, where she serves as the CMO. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, going on hikes, and rooting for her Alma Mater, the Georgia Bulldogs.
Saurabh Ghatnekar, Principal Software Engineer
Saurabh is a seasoned data and analytics specialist with a robust portfolio in building effective ELT pipelines using platforms like Airbyte, BigQuery, and DBT, laying the foundation for seamless data integration and insightful business decisions.