Cascading Media, LLC was created on October 23, 2008 by Benjamin Patch while serving with the US Army during his third combat tour in Iraq. The LLC (Limited Liability Company) paperwork was filed over the Internet with the state of Colorado in preparation for Benjamin’s return to Colorado Springs in early 2009.
While still serving as an Intelligence Analyst for 10th Special Forces Group out of Fort Carson, Colorado, Benjamin was also running Cascading Media with any time he could spare. In August 2009, Sergeant Benjamin Patch was honorably discharged from the US Army, completing his six and half years of service, three combat tours to Iraq and a two-year overseas tour in Germany. From that point forward, Benjamin has been running Cascading Media full time.
In the beginning, Cascading Media adopted an approach to web development involving the customization of content management systems like Drupal, WordPress and Joomla. These systems are all written in a programming language called PHP. While there is nothing inherently wrong with PHP, Benjamin Patch felt that other languages such as Ruby and Python offered a more enjoyable and productive workflow.
After an exhaustive evaluation spanning more than eighteen months, Ruby was chosen as the basis of all future web application projects that Cascading Media accepted. Ruby, in combination with the Rails web development framework (also called Ruby on Rails), enables Cascading Media to deliver more sophisticated applications in less time than previously possible. To learn more about the web technologies employed by Cascading Media, please see the Technologies page.
Prior to his military service, Benjamin developed a strong interest in creative writing and filmmaking. While he never produced a feature length film, Benjamin did produce, direct and edit several short films based on his screenplays. This artistic side of Benjamin’s personality is a valuable asset when developing visual designs and writing copy for websites.
Trusted Network of Specialists
While Benjamin Patch is currently the core of Cascading Media, he routinely works with a close network of other professionals who specialize in fields Benjamin has less experience with. This allows Cascading Media to deliver high quality services for a greater range of project types than would otherwise be practical.
Beyond computer programming and human interface design, Benjamin Patch has a wide range of interests including astronomy, film scores, US domestic and international affairs. When not running Cascading Media, Benjamin enjoys challenging himself with a combination of cardiovascular and P90X strength training workouts. Benjamin has recently picked up a new hobby of straight razor shaving, although his razor burn tells him this skill is far from perfected.
Benjamin currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin with his beautiful girlfriend, Dr. Leslie Wei – Oculoplastics Fellow at the University of Wisconsin.