The Management Team
Avi Tuschman, Founder and CEO
Avi Tuschman did his undergraduate and doctoral research at Stanford, where he sought out the very best data known to science for predicting an individual’s future preferences and behaviors. This inquiry led him into the field of psychometrics.
Tuschman published the first science book on heritable personality traits and how to make predictions from them, which was published through Prometheus / Random House in 2013. The book received praise from top science writers and coverage in media from 22 countries. He also spent a large part of his career helping 18 heads of state to shape public opinion in Washington, DC, and in Latin America.
Tuschman founded Pinpoint Predictive when he realized that the data economy urgently needed a scientific standard in people data. When he saw that big-data psychometrics were feasible, accurate, and the future of people data, he set out to digitize and scale up this vital data class so that we could benefit from better insights, targeting, and people predictions.
Wei Hsu, Director of Engineering
Wei Hsu is a Stanford Computer Science alumnus and a full-stack engineer specialized in developing highly scalable applications. He led the engineering teams of his previous companies through two acquisitions. Previous to Pinpoint, Hsu was a team member at a venture originally seed-funded by Facebook, where he managed a ten-person team as Director of Engineering.
In his free time, Hsu is a dedicated fan of Stanford Football and also loves third-wave coffee shops.
Jim Christie, Head of Program Management
Jim Christie has a passion for using data to understand the world around us. He has 10 years of experience leading development and operations teams specialized in advanced advertising solutions. As Director of Business Intelligence at RhythmOne, he led the optimization effort to focus on video KPIs and viewability. He also spearheaded a company-wide effort to establish compliance with IAB industry-standard specifications. Previous to joining Pinpoint, Jim served as Head of Product at Discern Analytics, a big-data analytics firm delivering insights to the financial-services industry.
Michele Dundas Macpherson, CBDO
Michele is a serial entrepreneur who enjoys building companies. Before joining Pinpoint, she was the COO and CFO of Discern, a fintech data-analytics startup specialized in delivering non-obvious insights to investors and corporations.
In her position as General Manager of NCR’s Entertainment Division (acquired by Outerwall), Michele acquired The New Release and integrated this startup into NCR’s existing infrastructure. Previous to this, she was a Senior Vice President of DVDPlay, which was acquired by NCR and became part of its Entertainment Division.
Michele was also SVP and CIO of ActivIdentity (acquired by Assa Abloy), and SVP of Encentuate (acquired by IBM). She worked with The Boston Consulting Group and CSC Index, consulting to Fortune 100 companies on strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and operations.
Michele holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Evan Zamir, Director of Data Science
Previous to Pinpoint, Evan Zamir spent three and a half years as one of two data scientists at Skout, one of the world’s largest location-based social-networking and dating apps. In this role, he worked across a wide-variety of challenges with numerous tools, including the automation of picture moderation via deep-learning models, up until the company’s acquisition by MeetMe.
Before moving into industry, Zamir taught for five years as an Assistant Professor at Georgia Tech. He has a BS from Johns Hopkins, a PhD from Washington University, and a Postdoc from the University of Kansas Medical Center, where he studied the biomechanics of embryonic tissues, including the heart, through various experimental, imaging, and computational methods.
Larry Ruff, Vice Chair, Board of Directors, Fair Trade USA; Advisory Board Member, Smart Story Technologies; Former Global Marketing & Chief Strategy Officer, Levi Strauss & Company
Scot McLernon, Former CRO of YuMe; Boards of Ad Council and IAB Video
Mike Rosner, CRO of Forensiq (now Impact Radius)
Alex White, VP of Product, Sharethrough
Jeff Abramowitz, Founder and CEO of PowerCloud (now Comcast); successful serial entrepreneur
StartX, the Stanford University-funded accelerator
Fred Harman, MP at Oak Investment Partners; Boards of Brit Media, Group Nine Media, Leaf Group, Enjoy, Rebel Mouse, Thrive Global, sovrn; Co-Owner of Golden State Warriors
Steve Dow, Board of Dataminr, ALDR, Arterys; founding board member of Citrix
Mark Templeton, Board of Equifax; former CEO of Citrix
Guy Saperstein, Retired Civil Rights Attorney; Past President of The Sierra Club Foundation
Larry Diamond, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution and Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University
Pinpoint is always on the lookout for data scientists, engineers, and business-development professionals at the top of their field.
If you’re passionate, laser-focused, self-motivated, highly collaborative, and interested in contributing to the future of personalization and people predictions, fill the form here and send a cover letter and CV.
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