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!

Smarterer helps your company change as fast as your industry. By leveraging the freshest library of skill tests, our dynamic assessment engine can quantify anyone’s skill in as few as 10 questions and 120 seconds (that's fast!). And our testing experience? It's so fun, it's almost addictive. Our community has answered over 56 million questions, across 1.7 million test sessions. That’s Big Data.

In November 2014, Pluralsight, the world’s largest curated e-learning library for professionals, acquired Smarterer – the world’s most sophisticated skill assessment engine. Pluralsight Together, we’re connecting the dots between proving and improving your skills

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    DaveCEO
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    Dave BalterCEO

    Dave is the CEO and co-founder of Smarterer, his 5th startup. Previously Dave founded and was CEO of BzzAgent, Inc., a social marketing firm acquired by dunnhumby, a division of Tesco PLC in 2011. Post acquisition, Dave acted as the Global Head of Investments and was a member of the Global Executive Team of dunnhumby. Dave co-founded the Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) in 2004 and has authored two books on the subject of Word of Mouth and Social Media: Grapevine and The Word of Mouth Manual: Volume II. Dave is a partner in seed-stage investment firm Boston Seed Capital, an advisor and investor to dozens of startups and sits on the Board of Directors of the Citi Center for the Performing Arts.

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    MikeCTO
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    Mike KowalchikCTO

    Michael is co-founder and CTO of Smarterer. A serial entrepreneur, engineer, and creative hacker, Michael is passionate about building world-changing products.

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    SarahVP, Marketing & Client Services
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    Sarah HodgesVP, Marketing & Client Services

    Sarah Hodges is the VP of Marketing & Client Services at Smarterer. Sarah is also the co-founder of Intelligent.ly Exchange, and is an Advisor to Flybridge Capital. Prior to Smarterer, Sarah worked as the Director of Marketing at RunKeeper, helping the team grow to a community of over 10 million passionate fitness enthusiasts. Before RunKeeper, Sarah was part of the Carbonite team, driving web analytics and online optimization leading up to the company's 2010 IPO.

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    LarrySVP, Learning & Assessments
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    Larry IsraeliteSVP, Learning & Assessments

    Larry was born and raised on a small chicken farm in Upper Black Eddy, PA. Since moving to the big city, he has spent over 30 years trying to answer a very simple question - how can we improve business results through learning. Larry has held senior learning and talent management positions at several large organizations, including Liberty Mutual Insurance, Pitney Bowes and John Hancock. He holds a PhD from the Arizona State University and has published two books, with a third - Lies About Learning 2.0 - coming out in early 2015.

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    DaveSoftware Engineer
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    Dave SturgisSoftware Engineer

    David is making up for a misspent youth in enterprise business software by applying his database, analytics, and content management expertise to Smarterer's unique adaptive testing system.

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    JimSoftware Engineer
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    Jim MyersSoftware Engineer

    Jim is passionate about building innovative products and using data to uncover hidden value. Smarterer's adaptive testing algorithm and TeamSourcing technology provide the perfect playground for Jim to apply this passion. Prior to Smarterer, Jim worked on his own startup and also spent time developing advanced models to quantify risk in the market for power derivatives.

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    KurtSoftware Engineer
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    Kurt OverbergSoftware Engineer

    For more than twenty years Kurt has worked to translate and transform the concepts of entrepreneurs, innovators and technologists into concrete, functioning technology platforms that bridge the critical gap between inspiration and execution.

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    FredDesigner
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    Fred YatesDesigner

    Fred is a designer. Simplicity is paramount.

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    KrishnaVP, Product
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    Krishna KannanVP, Product

    Krishna is an experienced product and team leader. He believes in challenging assumptions and trying to make iterative progress everyday. Prior to Smarterer, Krishna was the Director of Product Management at Visible Measures, building a performance-based video ad platform. He currently mentors at LearnLaunchX, an ed tech startup accelerator. Krishna earned his BA in Computer Science from Williams College and MBA at Boston University. Outside of Smarterer, Krishna enjoys running, playing tennis, and raising money for Movember.

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    JoeENTERPRISE SOLUTIONS CONSULTANT
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    Joe QuinnENTERPRISE SOLUTIONS CONSULTANT

    Joe Quinn brings a passion for genuine relationship cultivation and organic community growth to Smarterer's learning and community campaigns. Joe previously worked with a series of conservation minded organizations, increasing their visibility both online and off.

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    LukeCONTENT DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE
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    Luke MillerCONTENT DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE

    Luke's passion for skill discovery and development led him to join Smarterer as a Content Management Associate. Prior to joining the team, Luke studied Philosophy and played football at Brown University.

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    SamENTERPRISE SALES EXECUTIVE
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    Sam NicholsENTERPRISE SALES EXECUTIVE

    Sam brings a passion for relationship building to Smarterer's sales team. He enjoys partnering with clients to rectify inefficient systems and processes, especially through disruptive technologies. Over the last 15 years, Sam has worked in various sales and business development roles, most recently with LinkedIn's Talent Solutions team in Australia.

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    EricData Scientist
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    Eric StoneData Scientist

    Eric is a data scientist whose statistical programming, analytical, and visualization capabilities stem from his experiences predicting future geopolitical events, improving survey response rates, modeling voter propensity, and creating quantitative trading algorithms. Also an accomplished violinist, Eric earned his BA in Psychology from Oberlin College and MS in Statistics from Temple University.

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    James NewmanVP, Sales

    James has spent the past 15+ years years in the Human Capital Management software and services space, driving sales and building teams at Microsoft, ADP and Cornerstone OnDemand. An enthusiastic results oriented sales leader with a passion for innovative technology that breaks the mold and delivers real impact.

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    AlejandroSofwtare Engineer
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    Alejandro RuizSofwtare Engineer

    Alejandro is a software engineer by day and musician by night. He graduated from MIT in 2011 with a BA in Physics. While an undergraduate, he was interested in experimental particle physics. Alejandro has experience working on recommendation algorithms and scaling web applications. When not writing code, he plays trumpet and baritone sax in several local bands, is a gardener and woodworker, and enjoys making onions cry.

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    BhavikaClient Services Associate
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    Bhavika ShahClient Services Associate

    Bhavika brings her love for building strong relationships and efficient processes to Smarterer. Bhavika started her career in the Commercial Leadership Program at General Electric and went on to hold an Account Management role at GE before joining the Smarterer team.

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"Linking courseware with skill assessments and jobs enables our freelancers to build their skills, win higher paying jobs and have a long-term career."

FABIO ROSSI, CEO OF ELANCE