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Dave Balter

Founder of Flipside Crypto and Smarterer

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Rowan Walrath
July 6, 2020
AmericanInno
Serial entrepreneur and investor Dave Balter knows that running a startup can sometimes feel like rowing a boat in the middle of the ocean. He also knows that with everything constantly moving, as it does in the startup world, it can be difficult to lose sight of the people around you--and to stay humble. "I was a tyrant. I fell into the trap of believing what I read or believing what people told me," Balter said. "It really took a lot of pain, a lot of reality setting in, to realize that that was just a moment. Sometimes you're on a successful tear, sometimes not. And it wasn't really about me. It was about everybody else who helped make that journey possible." In a collection of essays titled "The Humility Imperative: Effective Leadership in an Era of Arrogance," Balter chronicles his journey from the sale of his fourth startup, BzzAgent, through the launch of three additional startups: Smarterer, Mylestone and Flipside Crypto, where he is now CEO. He also writes on his time as a
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