Ricky Ray Butler is a 15 year digital entertainment veteran who has been at the forefront of reimagining the entertainment and advertising landscape in a world of ever growing digital content. He found Plaid Social Labs in 2009 which was later acquired by BEN. Today BEN is leading the way in helping architect the burgeoning creator economy with AI and deep learning. With the recent acquisition of TubeBuddy, BEN is helping the 6M+ influencers and creators on the platform to be more data driven, in addition to connecting brands to the right audiences in non-ad supported media across film, television, streaming, and influencer.
Butler serves as an advisor and investor for entrepreneurs and charities who share his relentless quest for disruption and deep learning, including applications of natural language generation in gaming with AI Dungeon and powering automated machine learning using unstructured data with Zeff (acquired by DataRobot). As one of AdAge’s 40 Under 40, and a member of Forbes Agency Council, Butler is serving as the catalyst for the next generation of data driven entertainment and advertising.