PIONEERING PRIVACY-SAFE, PSYCHOMETRIC AI-POWERED MARKETING
Pinpoint’s personality models distill 70 years of scientific research on the motivations behind consumer decisions. Our technology also advances digital psychometrics developed at Stanford and Cambridge Universities.
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 psychometric 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 24 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, VP 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.
Aviv Nagpal, RVP of Sales
Aviv has worked in video, display, and performance advertising since 2005 and has a bird’s-eye perspective on brands’ digital-marketing strategies. Aviv has been recognized as a top-performing sales leader, selling media and SaaS solutions to the industry’s top brands and platforms. He has helped grow startups from 5 people to over 400, while managing sales and business development teams globally. Previously he was the Global Director at Impact, a growth-marketing and fraud-detection platform. In his free time, Aviv enjoys learning about technologies that will improve our future.
Annalyn Ng, Senior Data Scientist
Annalyn Ng completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan, and her MPhil degree at the University of Cambridge. Previously, Annalyn worked at Disney Research on various projects examining the psychometric profiles of consumers. She has also worked with the Singapore government to build predictive models for fraud and labor matching.
Annalyn is the co-author of the book, Numsense! Data Science for the Layman, which is available in over 5 languages and is used in courses at universities like Stanford and Cambridge.
Manuel Ponce de Leon, Senior Product Manager
Manuel brings nearly 20 years of experience driving vision, development, and execution of innovative tech solutions across different geographical markets over the entire advertising supply chain. A lover of all things ad tech, he has a passion for leveraging human expertise and enhancing execution through machine learning, particularly when applied to creative production and optimization across audiences. A graduate of the Dublin Institute of Technology, prior to Pinpoint Manuel held different product leadership roles in companies like DoubleClick, Google, and Adobe, where he helped pioneer technologies like in-stream video and data-driven ad units, among others.
Sarah Macpherson, Project Manager
Sarah completed her undergraduate studies at UCLA, majoring in Neuroscience. She has worked in laboratories at both UCLA and Stanford, working on a range of topics from decision making, to Neuroradiology, to functional brain mapping. In addition to her academic experience, Sarah has worked in the biotechnology sector, contributing to a team creating implantable neurostimulators for epilepsy. She also worked for the UCLA Grand Challenge Initiative to cure depression, supporting both research and administrative functions.
Michele Dundas Macpherson, Board Member
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.
Mike Rosner, SVP of Sales
Mike has over 20 years of experience building and leading sales and service teams focused on digital media, internet advertising and marketing technology. Most recently Mike served as Chief Revenue Officer at Forensiq, a fraud detection platform focused on the desktop and mobile ecosystems. In that role he was instrumental in creating exponential growth resulting in an acquisition by Impact (fka Impact Radius) after 18 months. Mike spent an additional year post acquisition at Impact as EVP of Global Agency Development and Partnerships.
Prior to Forensiq, Mike held key roles at Sizmek, EyeWonder, Pointroll, DoubleClick, and other digital companies focused on delivering best of class ad serving solutions, programmatic platforms, and point solutions.
Evan Zamir, VP 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.
Courtney Griffin, RVP of Sales
Courtney has over ten years’ experience in AdTech sales, most recently in her position as Regional Vice President, West Coast, of OwnerIQ, the leader in transparent second-party data. At ownerIQ, Courtney re-energized the San Francisco office, nearly doubling revenue in her first year. She then repeated the process for the Los Angeles/Southern California territory, transforming the Western Region into a profitable and robust division for the first time in company history. Courtney was a President’s Club award winner on three different occasions, as both a seller and as Vice President. She was instrumental in the Strategic Planning and overall direction of the company during her tenure with the organization.
Prior to ownerIQ, Courtney held sales and sales management positions at Sizmek and AdGooroo, now a WPP company. She is a graduate of DePauw University, where she attained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy. At DePauw Courtney played for the Division III women’s tennis program, with the team being ranked as #1 in the nation. In her spare time, Courtney leads and is a co-founder of a 100+ person Burning Man camp organization.
Kenton Knoepfler, Sr. Customer Success Manager
As Senior Customer Success Manager and Data Advisor, Kenton Knoepfler brings over 12 years’ experience in the advertising space, leading teams focused on Customer Success and driving retention through data analysis. With a keen understanding of process efficiencies and data-driven decision making, Kenton brings a track record of significant savings and gains, rapid operational development, and right-fit infrastructure that scales with organizations.
A graduate of The Ohio State University, Kenton has worked for such leaders in the advertising space as Sharethrough, Turn (Amobee), RocketFuel (Sizmek), and DoubleVerify.
Zack Lynch, Board Member
Zack Lynch is Co-Founder and General Partner at JAZZ Venture Partners. JAZZ invests in companies that extend the boundaries of human performance — improving how we live, learn, work, play, and experience the world. JAZZ seeks breakthroughs at the intersection of cutting-edge neuroscience and digital technology that are increasingly influencing the human experience, such as augmented reality, immersive gaming, artificial intelligence, and closed-loop human-computer systems.
JAZZ portfolio companies are unlocking human potential in broad markets, including health, mind-body wellness, accelerated learning, training, sports, entertainment, and the enterprise. Zack is also the author of the best-selling book The Neuro Revolution: How Brain Science Is Changing our World, published by St. Martin’s Press, which takes a 50-year view on how neuroscience is impacting humanity.
StartX, the Stanford University-funded accelerator
JAZZ Venture Partners, Unlocking human potential
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
Alex White, VP of Product, Sharethrough
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, CEO of Citrix from 2001-2015; Boards of Arista Networks (ANET) and Keysight Technology (KEYS)
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
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PINPOINT IS ALWAYS ON THE LOOKOUT FOR TALENTED DATA SCIENTISTS, ENGINEERS, AND BUSINESS-DEVELOPMENT PROFESSIONALS.
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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Stanford Professor Michal Kosinski discusses the research behind big-data psychometrics at the Computer History Museum
Pinpoint CEO Avi Tuschman delivers a keynote on psychometric advertising at the El Dorado Festival, organized by the Colombian representative of the Cannes Lions, in November 2017.
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