Welcome, I'm Ben Hanten and I'm an angel investor seeking to help companies grow with early-stage funding, and I spend most of my time at my business, Ben's in Yankton.
I'm a lifelong South Dakotan (except for one year in Colorado) with a passion for business and entrepreneurship. I founded Ben's, an innovative bar in Yankton, in 2005 and continue to spend most of my time there. I'm married with no children and two dogs.
Ben Hanten's Background
Ben Hanten's Experience
Due Diligence Chair at Two Bridges Capital, LLC.
March 2012 - Present | Yankton, SD
I primarily invest through Two Bridges Capital, a South Dakota-based angel fund. We look at all sorts of deals with a keen eye towards companies in South Dakota or willing to relocate here. My favorite industries are software, mobile, and highly scalable business-to-business.
Member at Hanten Properties, LLC.
2007 - Present
Hanten Properties, LLC has a portfolio of residential and commercial rental property in Yankton, SD.
Founder at Ben's Brewing Co.
2005 - Present
I founded Ben's in 2005 and spent the first years doing almost everything. As the business has grown, so has the team and we are now at 10 employees. I spend most of my time now running the business, managing bookings in the Copper Room, marketing, and on-the-floor management
Marketing Director at South Dakota Magazine
April 2002 - June 2005
Helped push South Dakota Magazine into new areas including two book projects. The magazine's circulation saw great growth during this time. I also worked as photo editor.
President at Rooster Magazine
May 2001 - April 2002
Founded Fort Collin's first biweekly magazine. I split my time between working on design, layout, and ad sales.
Ad Manager, Managing Editor at Tempest Magazine
April 2000 - May 2001
I handled all advertising sales and worked as the managing editor of all departments and features.
Ben Hanten's Education
The University of South Dakota
Ben Hanten's Interests & Activities
business, entrepreneurship, private equity, cycling, cigars.