Pioneering Privacy-Safe, Psychometric AI-Powered Behavioral Predictions

 

Pinpoint’s proprietary personality data distill 70 years of peer-reviewed research on how quantitative psychology drives differences in human behavior. Our technology also advances big-data psychometrics developed at Stanford and Columbia Universities.

Clients include small, mid-size, and Fortune 500 personal lines carriers, as well as direct-to-consumer MGAs. Pinpoint is a partner of Intellagents and also has integrations with other platforms.

Management Team

Zack Lynch, CEO
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.

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.

Palak Nyati, Client-Facing Data Science
Farhan Hormasji, Senior Data Engineer
Farhan Hormasji has worked as an engineer in various software related roles for the last six years, most recently on Content Recommendation and AdTech related projects as a Data Engineer. He enjoys solving complex problems at scale, and developing tools that make data more accessible to all. An Eagle Scout, Farhan spends his weekends enjoying the outdoors.

Scott Ham, Senior Advisor

Scott Ham is a global insurance expert and leadership coach. Scott has been involved in the financial services industry in various leadership roles for over 30 years, with particular expertise in Life, Voluntary Benefits, Property & Casualty, Commercial verticals, and insurtech organizations. His passion is helping executives become better leaders, make better decisions, and achieve higher results. Toward that end, Scott currently works with CEOs and business owners in various industries in helping them improve the performance and outcomes of their businesses.

Scott previously was engaged as a Senior Advisor with McKinsey & Company’s Global Insurance Practice and led McKinsey’s small commercial insurance digital asset activities. The scope of Scott’s engagements ranged from complete digital/operational transformations of businesses to leading clients through the process of developing a strategy and vision for their respective businesses. Prior to McKinsey, Scott was the CEO & President of Transamerica Life Insurance Company’s Life and Protection Division, with overall responsibility for all aspects of the organization, including the overall direction of innovation, digital insurance platforms, CX, and distribution.

Scott has spoken at various industry events/conferences, including InsureTech Connect, DigIn (The Digital Future of Insurance), Plug & Play (The Future of Distribution: Broker.age), and others. Scott obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from the Pennsylvania State University. He also holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Pepperdine University School of Law.

Bryan Falchuk, Senior Advisor
Bryan Falchuk is a best-selling author, speaker, and consultant to the Insurance industry on the subject of innovation. Bryan is the founder and Managing Partner of Insurance Evolution Partners (IEP). He has spent 20 years in Insurance, where he was most recently Head of Claims for Hiscox USA before joining AI-enabled insuretech communications provider Hi Marley to help drive their growth before founding IEP. With his unique experience on both the carrier and insuretech side, he brings his perspective to bear to help carriers evolve in a market that is facing disruption.

Prior to Hiscox, Bryan held leadership roles in corporate strategy, operations and distribution at Liberty Mutual, Beazley and Coverys, and served as a management consultant to several top carriers as part of McKinsey & Company’s insurance practice. He is also an advisor to several technology companies serving the insurance industry.

Bryan has written for many top publications like Inc. Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, LA Times, and more; he has been a guest on over 175 TV, radio, and podcast shows, and presented multiple TEDx Talks. He has an AB in Economics from Bowdoin College and received his MBA from The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

David Gritz, Senior Advisor

David Gritz is an InsurTech community leader, public speaker, and InsurTech advisor. He has been featured in recognized Insurance media including Carrier Management, Digital Insurance, IIR, AM Best TV, and the Re/Image Podcast. David is the co-founder of InsurTech NY, the largest InsurTech community in the NY metro area. David also serves as a strategic advisor to high-growth InsurTechs to help them go from concept to scale. Previously David has served as the Director of Innovation for the Silicon Valley Insurance Accelerator (SVIA) and has led product at Zero, a behavioral safety-focused InsurTech acquired by EverestRe. He holds a J.D. from the Mitchell Hamline School of Law and business and industrial engineering degrees from Lehigh University.  

Dave Zinman, Senior Advisor
Dave is a proven, entrepreneurial leader with multiple, successful outcomes at emerging growth and at scale enterprises. He has a deep well of experience in data-driven digital marketing to deliver outsized business performance. Most recently, he was COO at Drawbridge, a leading digital identity company. LinkedIn acquired Drawbridge in June 2019, yielding high multiple returns for investors, including Sequoia Capital, Kleiner Perkins, and Northgate.

Dave is credited by Wikipedia as co-inventor of the ad server, and co-founded AdKnowledge the same year. As CEO, and in several key leadership roles in the company, he pioneered ad serving and data-driven marketing. The company was sold for $193M, representing a 10X return for investors.

As SVP/GM for BlueLithium’s ad network from 2006-7, he spearheaded hockey stick growth in revenue, resulting in a sale to Yahoo for $300M, also representing a 10X return for shareholders. He transitioned to GM role overseeing Yahoo’s $1.6B display business in North America, leading a 3X growth in programmatic display revenue over 3 years.

Prior to Drawbridge, Dave was COO at RhythmOne, a 400-person digital marketing company, listed on the LSE. RhythmOne acquired RadiumOne, where Dave served as COO and Chief Product Officer. Dave was also CEO of Infolinks for nearly three years, and served on the company’s Board for six years.

Dave is an active evangelist, with appearances on CNN, NPR and numerous speaking engagements and university lectures. He holds an MBA degree from Stanford University’s Stanford Graduate School of Business and received a BA from Tufts University, graduating Magna Cum Laude. When not working, Dave is devoted to his family of six, and occasionally sneaks in a Yankee game.

TJ Ferrara, Senior Advisor
TJ Ferrara is a seasoned eCommerce veteran with over 18 years of online marketing, operations, and technology experience. Combining that with a practical hand-on approach, his involvement has been leveraged and appreciated by dozens of clients, specifically C-Level, eCommerce VP, and Executive Teams. He has led strategic diligence, ecosystem assessments, performance benchmarking, site audits, operations analysis, and division restructuring.

TJ’s eCommerce experience spans both the retail and provider/vendor experience; most recently as a Sales Engineer / SME / Solutions Architect for Infosys. TJ has been instrumental in technology audits for Fortune Global 500 Clients and 8 other IR Top 200 Sites.

TJ’s ability to marry technical understanding with business and eCommerce know-how has made him a go-to tech liaison.

Avi Tuschman, Founder & CIO

Avi Tuschman is a Stanford StartX entrepreneur and an internationally recognized expert in heritable psychometric traits.

Before founding Pinpoint, he advised corporations, banks, and 18 heads of state on people analytics. During his doctoral research, he sought out the best data for making individual-level, forward-looking predictions. This inquiry led him into the field of quantitative psychology.

Tuschman later wrote the first bioscience book on heritable psychometric traits, which was published through Prometheus / Random House in 2013 and 2019. The book received praise from top science writers and coverage in mainstream and peer-reviewed media from 25 countries. It has been published in paperback, Audible, and Chinese-language editions.

Tuschman founded Pinpoint to develop the emerging field of Psychometric AI in a privacy-safe direction, and to make this scientific standard in people data easy to use and optimize in scalable commercial applications.

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.

Sriram Rathinavelu, Senior Full Stack Engineer
Sriram Rathinavelu is a full-stack web developer with over 10 years’ experience. He has worked in all tiers of application development, including front-end, back-end, infrastructure, and operations.

Before joining Pinpoint, he served as Dev-Ops and Release Engineer at 8×8, Inc. and had held full-stack positions at MachineZone and TechShed. Sriram is very passionate about writing and deploying self-healing, scalable web applications. He’s a huge fan of containerization and Kubernetes and has migrated multiple applications from bare-metal deployments to containers. He’s highly proficient coding in Python, Javascript, Java, and Groovy.

Sriram holds a master’s degree in Computer Science from Arizona State University, where he wrote his thesis on Skylines Personalization. In his free time he enjoys soccer, audio books, anime, and working out at the gym.

Sandra Matz, Senior Advisor
Sandra Matz is an Assistant Professor of Management at Columbia Business School in New York. As a computational social scientist, she studies human behavior and preferences using a combination of Big Data analytics and traditional experimental methods.

Her research aims at understanding how psychological characteristics influence real-life outcomes in a number of business-related domains (e.g. financial well-being, consumer satisfaction or team performance), with the goal of helping businesses and individuals to make better decisions.

Josh Stirling, Senior Advisor

Josh is an insurtech and insurance veteran and former #1 ranked insurance analyst, who is working with leading founders and visionaries, to help build the future of insurance.

Josh has deep experience in insurtech on both coasts, having previously been the Chief Insurance Officer at Gabi in San Francisco, a Senior Vice President at EverQuote in Boston, and having held roles in underwriting, growth, strategy, finance, and M&A at notable insurers including Progressive, OneBeacon, and The Hanover.

Josh also brings a deep perspective as a former Wall Street analyst, as for six years he led the US Insurance team at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co in New York. Josh and his team were four times named to the “All America Research Team” by Institutional Investor, twice ranking as #1.

Josh earned his B.S. at Cornell University, and completed his MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was named an Arjay Miller Scholar.  

Peter Kelly, Senior Advisor

Peter Kelly is a Managing Director at FTI Consulting and is based in London. He is a senior insurance professional in the FTI Global Insurance Services practice assisting management teams in strategy development and decision-making in the areas of technology and data. Peter has helped a number of insurers assimilate new tools and processes to transform decision-making and improve competitiveness and profitability. He brings expertise across a wide range of technical frameworks from underwriting rules, to actuarial models, to machine learning and artificial intelligence. With over 30 years of experience in the insurance industry both in the UK and internationally, Peter has deep experience in predictive modeling. He is a published author, sought-after speaker and advisor in the areas of strategy development, decision-making systems, applied behavioral and cognitive science, and automation.

He has worked in over 20 countries in senior management capacities, leading teams that have developed and successfully implemented solutions in pricing, marketing, claims channel optimization, fraud, and distribution management. Peter has direct experience in most lines of general insurance including private motor, homeowners, landlord, commercial property, credit, finite risk, and business owners coverage, and he has worked across the industry with significant experience with primary insurers, reinsurers, brokers, captives, and advisory firms. Leveraging this experience, he has been a board member of various organizations in the insurance industry, including public, private, and residual insurers; and has led projects to establish bespoke insurers and special purpose vehicles.

Gilad Shai, Senior Advisor

Gilad Shai is an entrepreneur, advisor, and an InsurTech thought leader who co-authored The InsurTech Book, published by Wiley. He founded InsurTechLA in 2017 to provide a stage for industry experts and partners. Gilad has spent six years in insurance, where his latest role was the CEO of BOUND API.

Before BOUND API, Gilad was a technology and innovation leader for Farmers Insurance, where he delivered on Farmer’s digital transformation by launching internal and customer-facing products resulting in an increase of NPS from a negative score to +30 for web and +80 for mobile.

Gilad’s philosophy, “I work to improve; I don’t work for the sake of disruption,” comes from over 20 years of experience working at technology companies such as Yahoo and Intel, an insurance carrier, and founding startups.

Gilad holds a BSc-EE and an MBA, likes chocolate (Flake and Maltesers), and on a quest to find the perfect tiramisu. 

Zayda Marrie, Senior Advisor

Zayda Marrie is a global insurance expert and advisor with over 20 years in the Insurance industry. Her insurance product expertise spans across Life, Annuities, Disability, Voluntary Benefits, Commercial, and Consumer P&C.

Zayda is passionate about immersive marketing, transformational change, and enjoys driving innovation through disruptive technology. As Strategy, Sales & Marketing Practice leader at Capstone Consultants, she builds growth strategy and execution roadmaps for leading enterprises, ranging from insurtech/fintech startups to global Financial Services organizations. She provides strategic advice on omni-channel customer experience, product and digital innovation, USP development, and has created, managed, and implemented global marketing and communications plans to support large-scale growth imperatives for Fortune 100 firms. Zayda is a past Global CMO for AIG and past Strategy & Marketing Officer for MetLife.


StartX, the Stanford University-funded accelerator

JAZZ Venture Partners, Unlocking human potential

InsurTech NY, growth 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, 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

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