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Ben Kazez

Ben Kazez is the founder of Mobiata, a mobile-app start-up based in downtown Ann Arbor.

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Mobiata was founded in 2008 when founder and President Ben Kazez had an aha! moment while fumbling for various travel documents in the Minneapolis airport. He realized that there should be a mobile app to handle everything he needed while traveling. He set to work and launched FlightTrack for the iPhone in November 2008 and within days it was the best-selling travel app.

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