Our Team

Leadership Team

Flipside Crypto is headquartered in Boston, MA USA, supported by a talented team of individuals around the globe.

Dave Balter

CEO

Dave has been active in the cryptocurrency space for years, and has learned invaluable lessons from not buying during crypto winters and at least one wallet loss.

Previously, Dave was the CEO and co-founder of Smarterer, a machine-learning skills assessment company acquired by Pluralsight in 2014.  Post-acquisition, Dave was the Head of Transactions at Pluralsight, while also serving as a Board Observer.  Before co-founding Smarterer in 2010, Dave founded and was CEO of BzzAgent, a social media marketing company, which was acquired by dunnhumby, a division of Tesco (PLC) in 2011.  From 2011-2014 Dave sat on the Global Executive Team at dunnhumby, where he led all venture investments and M&A activity.

Dave is Vice Chairman of Boch Center for the Performing Arts, a nonprofit steward of iconic venues, providing arts, entertainment, cultural, and educational experiences to the greater Boston community.

Jim Myers

CTO

Jim has been an active participant in blockchain for several years and at one point even used Bitcoin to purchase real products because it seemed “neat”. In retrospect, this wasn’t so neat.

Previously, Jim was the head of engineering at Mylestone, a company he cofounded in early 2016. Prior to Mylestone, Jim lead the research and development of patent pending skill recommendation algorithms at Pluralsight. Jim joined Pluralsight in 2014, following the acquisition of Smarterer, a machine learning based skill assessment company. At Smarterer, Jim was an early engineer that built advanced machine learning technology and enterprise software adopted by Fortune 100 companies.

Jim’s passion for building extends to the broader startup community via his developer event series, Stack Dive, and as an angel investor to several local startups, including AdHawk and LinkSquares.

In another life, Jim developed advanced models to quantify risk and abnormal returns in the market for Financial Transmission Rights, a type of energy derivative.

Phil Picariello

Head of Operations

Phil has nearly two decades of experience in institutional asset management, most recently with Securities Finance Trust Co., where he was a Senior Vice President and served as the Head of Short-Term Investment Management & Government Bond Trading. He was responsible for the overall leadership of the portfolio management team, including all investment functions such as strategy formulation, trade execution, regulatory compliance, guideline development/adherence, and risk management. He was one of the original members, co-founding the company’s Investment Management Business, with an initial mandate of $30 million that grew to over $65 billion within a four year period. He comes to Flipside Crypto with a wealth of knowledge from implementing policies and procedures, trading, accounting, compliance, operations, investment research, and performance reporting functions.

Phil has held prior positions at Batterymarch Financial Management Inc., Deutsche Asset Management (formerly Scudder Kemper Investments) and Putnam Investments. He is a member of both the CFA Institute and the CFA Society Boston.

Eric Stone

Head of Data Science

Eric Stone leads all algorithm development and data science initiatives at Flipside Crypto.

Eric joins Flipside Crypto with nearly a decade of experience as a Data Science executive, most recently as Lead Data Scientist for Product at Pluralsight and before that, Smarterer, where he led Data Science until the company’s acquisition by Pluralsight in 2014. Previous to Smarterer, Eric was a government spy, and probably knows what you did in 2011 (he was actually building algorithms to predict geo-political events). Eric spent a number of years developing swing-trading algorithms for hedge funds and was also a Fellow at Temple University, where he pursued a PhD in statistics from 2010 to 2012, spending his summers at the USDA’s statistics service writing models to get farmers to answer more surveys.

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