Dave Balter

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Mad acquisition skillz
Pluralsight picks up Smarterer, focused on skill tests, for $75 million
Smarterer CEO Dave Balter and Aaron Skonnard, CEO of Pluralsight.
You never know which meeting is going to lead to something worthwhile... Dave Balter, founder and CEO of the online skills testing site Smarterer, was at an edtech conference in Phoenix in April. Balter had about three dozen meetings scheduled over the course of the event, but other people at the conference kept telling him he should meet the CEO of Utah-based Pluralsight, which serves up online training in the tech and creative industries. Balter sent him a quick e-mail "and we squeezed in ten minutes before everyone went to the airport," he says. A few months later, Pluralsight CEO Aaron Skonnard flew to Boston "and we began active merger discussions," Balter says. Read More
On the outskirts of the Innovation Economy
Boston tech has an artist-in-residence, his name is Seth Minkin and he likes to draw NSFW bees
Seth Minkin
Starting this week, we are going to be doing a short series on careers at the outskirts of the innovation economy. We will be featuring creative entrepreneurs who have found their own unique, niche jobs in Boston's growing tech community. This week, we talk to Seth Minkin, the artist-in-residence at BzzAgent/dunnhumby. Read More
smart money
Smarterer announces $1.6M round of funding and launches new enterprise-focused product
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In terms of evaluating talent, not many job categories are more difficult than those in the rapidly growing technology and innovation sectors. In particular, marketing roles, social media manager positions, and development jobs are tricky positions to gauge a potential employee’s skill set and expertise.

Smarterer, the local skill assessment company, has established itself as a leader in evaluating talent and niche knowledge in non-traditional, mostly digital areas, including Twitter, Facebook, sales platform Salesforce, as well as Wordpress, HTML5, Microsoft Excel, and a host of others.

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