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Our story

Back in 2010, Smarterer co-founder, Dave Balter, was interviewing a candidate for an analyst role in his previous company. As the interview was coming to a close, the candidate asked:

“Aren’t you going to ask me about ‘R’?”

“What’s ‘R’?” asked Dave.

“A software language for statistical computing,” replied the candidate quizzically. “It’s fairly critical to this role…”

Dave thought to himself, how am I supposed to know which skills this analyst needs when I’m not an analyst myself? There had to be a better way to identify and measure professional skills…so Smarterer was born!

In as few as ten questions and 120 seconds, Smarterer can quantify any skill. We're revolutionizing skill assessment to inform professional opportunities. Our enterprise product, Flock, leverages TeamSourcing technology to create customized assessments that capture the competencies of individual teams. Flock produces skills inventories that are transforming the way companies use skills to inform hiring decisions, deliver training, and place people in the right roles. We're passionate about pursuing big, ambitious challenges that change the world. Come join the Flock!

Our tests are more than twice as fast as classical tests, and provide a testing experience that's so fun, it's almost addictive. Since 2010, hundreds of thousands of Smarterer users have taken over 2 million skill tests, answering over 29 million questions to prove their skills.

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Dave Balter

CEO
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Sarah Hodges

VP, Marketing & Strategy
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Mike Kowalchik

CTO
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Larry Israelite

SVP of Learning and Assessment
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Dave Sturgis

Software Engineer
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Jim Myers

Software Engineer
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Kurt Overberg

Software Engineer
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Fred Yates

Designer
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Krishna Kannan

VP, Product
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Luke Miller

Content Development Associate
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Joe Quinn

Community Manager
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Sam Nichols

Enterprise Sales Executive
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Eric Stone

Data Scientist
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James Newman

VP of Sales

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Dave Balter

CEO
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Sarah Hodges

VP, Marketing & Strategy
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Mike Kowalchik

CTO
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Larry Israelite

SVP of Learning and Assessment
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Dave Sturgis

Software Engineer
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Jim Myers

Software Engineer
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Kurt Overberg

Software Engineer
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Fred Yates

Designer
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Krishna Kannan

VP, Product
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Luke Miller

Content Development Associate
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Joe Quinn

Community Manager
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Sam Nichols

Enterprise Sales Executive
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Eric Stone

Data Scientist
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James Newman

VP of Sales
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Dave Balter

CEO
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Sarah Hodges

VP, Marketing & Strategy
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Mike Kowalchik

CTO
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Larry Israelite

SVP of Learning and Assessment
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Dave Sturgis

Software Engineer
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Jim Myers

Software Engineer
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Kurt Overberg

Software Engineer
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Fred Yates

Designer
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Krishna Kannan

VP, Product
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Luke Miller

Content Development Associate
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Joe Quinn

Community Manager
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Sam Nichols

Enterprise Sales Executive
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Eric Stone

Data Scientist
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James Newman

VP of Sales

Advisors

  • Guli Arshad
    Guli Arshad has more than 25 years of experience in the investment field. Prior to founding Nuland & Arshad, Inc., he worked as a management consultant, real estate advisor, technology entrepreneur, and venture capitalist. He is also active in the non-profit area as a former trustee of the Buckingham Browne & Nichols School and The American International School of Florence. He currently sits on the board of the Family Nurturing Center and Gateway Arts, as well as several private technology boards.
  • Mark Gerson
    Mark Gerson is the co-founder and Chairman of Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG). GLG is the largest expert network company in the world, connecting corporations, professional services firms and institutional investors with experts globally and across all types of industries. Mark is also the co-founder and/or Chairman of Axial Market, Brightwire and Matterhorn Data.
  • Shikhar Ghosh
    Shikhar Ghosh founded Open Market, a leading Internet commerce and information publishing software firm, in 1994. In 1998, he founded iBelong and soon thereafter acquired technology from Redwood Investment Systems, a pioneer in analytical software for the financial services industry, and renamed the company Verilytics. Mr. Ghosh, who also served as CEO of Appex Corporation and as a partner with the Boston Consulting Group, regularly shares his views of the Internet’s future with national and international audiences.
  • Scott Kurnit
    Scott Kurnit is the Founder and CEO of Keep.com and TheSwizzle.com. Kurnit also founded and served as chairman and CEO of About, Inc. as it grew to a public market value of $1.7 billion and was the fifth largest of all Web properties. He sold About US to Primedia in 2001 for $724 million. About was then owned by the New York Times Company and was purchased by IAC in 2012. Kurnit serves on the boards of Keep Holdings, Appssavvy, Brightcove, and The Paley Center for Media. He has been a filmmaker, TV director, station program manager, marketer, and CEO. He has worked at the highest levels of Warner, Viacom, News Corp., PBS, IBM, and MCI companies.
  • William Tincup
    William Tincup is the CEO of HR consultancy Tincup & Co, and is one of the country’s leading thinkers on social media application for human resources, an expert on adoption of HR technology and damn fine marketer. William has been blogging about HR related issues since 2007. He serves on the Board of Advisors for Smarterer, Insynctive, Causecast, Work4Labs, PeopleReport, Jurify, AppLearn, StrengthsInsight, The Workforce Institute, PeopleMatter, SmartRecruiters, Ajax Workforce Marketing and is a 2013 CouncilMember for The Candidate Experience Awards. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Chequed.

Investors

  • Our mission is to make the world a better place for entrepreneurs, and to have a deep and lasting impact on those with whom we work. We believe the democratization of entrepreneurship is a powerful force for global good. We strive to invest in Founders of movements and products that capture the imagination.
  • GV provides seed, venture, and growth-stage funding to the best companies — not strategic investments for Google. They have invested in more than 225 companies, including Uber, Nest, and RetailMeNot. They provide these companies support in design, recruiting, marketing, and more.
  • Rethink Education invests in the people, ideas and companies that are rethinking the way we learn and teach. Rethink Education seeks to invest in progressive growth-stage companies that are at the forefront of the education technology industry and have the capacity to make positive impacts on our communities.
  • Boston Seed invests in internet-enabled, consumer and B2B SaaS companies, and the supporting services marketplaces. They have invested in companies including RunKeeper, Draft Kings, Oyo Sports and Clypd.