Dave Balter is an innovation-obsessed builder of companies, often as a Founder/CEO but occasionally as a Board Member, advisor or investor. He is currently the CEO of Smarterer, a Boston-based startup that quantifies skills to inform professional opportunities. Dave is also the founder and Exec Chair of BzzAgent, Inc., which he founded in 2001 and sold in 2011 to dunnhumby, a division of Tesco PLC (LSE: TSCO). Dave now serves on the Global Executive Team for dunnhumby and is a Venture Advisor for Boston Seed Capital. In addition to his operating experience, Dave brings his experience as an active angel who has worked with some exceptional talent and start-ups to Boston Seed Capital.
Dave co-founded the Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA), and he currently serves on its Board of Directors and as Chair of the Association’s International Committee. The author of two books on the subject, Grapevine and The Word of Mouth Manual: Volume II, Dave lectures around the world on trends in word of mouth and social media.
In 2007, Harvard University dubbed him one of Boston’s “Hottest Technology CEOs.” Dave also sits on the advisory boards of the Wharton Future of Advertising Project the Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange and the Boston Boys & Girls Club Marketing and Communications Committee, is a mentor with Tech Stars, Executive Chair of Smarterer and is an investor and/or advisor to a dozen startups including FitnessKeeper, Promoboxx, Relay Rides, eLaCarte, ProctorCam and HelpScout.