Ian Balina Wiki, Bio, Net Worth, Token Metrics

Ian Balina's Twitter profile.
Courtesy of Balina’s Twitter page.

 

Who Is Ian Balina?

Ian Balina is a cryptocurrency investor, entrepreneur, and YouTuber. Balina is perhaps most famous as the founder and CEO of Token Metrics – a cryptocurrency investment research platform. Balina’s personal website states that he has also built “million-dollar businesses from the ground up”, and describes his background in the cryptocurrency world.

This Wiki-style breakdown will attempt to describe Balina’s background, business endeavors, net worth, and more.

Interview with Balina from CNBC:

 

Ian Balina Wiki-Style Bio & Background

According to a 2019 Nasdaq article covering Balina’s life path, he was born in Uganda and moved to the United States at the age of 8. Balina attended middle and high school in the US and received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Computer Engineering from the George Washington University (GWU). At the GWU, Balina got the “entrepreneur bug”, in Nasdaq’s words.

Before switching to blockchain and cryptocurrency, Balina (according to his LinkedIn profile) had worked as a web/graphic designer at Fusion Design Agency (from 2009 to 2011) and a Systems Integration Consultant at Deloitte (April 2013 – June 2013).

From June 2013 to September 2017, Ian Balina worked in IBM as well – first as an IBM Watson Analytics Technical Sales Engineer and then an IBM Open Source Analytics Sales Executive. According to his LinkedIn profile, during his time at IBM, Balina achieved 194% of the annual sales quota in 2015 (Mid-Atlantic Region) and was recognized as one of IBM’s 500 best employees.

Nasdaq adds that as an “Analytics Tech Evangelist” at IBM, Balina helped drive “revenues in the millions of dollars per year”.

In an interview given to Modern Consensus, Ian Balina said that he had had side several hustles while working at IBM, including making crypto advice videos on YouTube. After his early crypto videos gained thousands of views, Balina decided to start making “free content that was more valuable than anybody else’s paid content”.

Ian Balina established his first company in April 2008. This company was Leximo – a multi-lingual “social dictionary”. The GitHub page of Leximo describes the app’s purpose as follows:

Leximo invites users to submit words in every spoken language of the world. Since each word can be submitted by multiple users, definitions can vary widely in quality and thus other users can rank these definitions, so that the most popular definitions appear first.

Leximo is currently defunct.

After four years at IBM, Balina retired to become a full-time cryptocurrency investor.

 

Token Metrics

The pricing of Token Metrics.
Token Metrics pricing. Courtesy of TokenMetrics.com.

 

Ian Balina founded the Token Metrics crypto investment research platform in November 2018. As of April 12, 2021, Balina was the company’s CEO.

Here’s how Token Metrics is described on its website’s homepage:

Token Metrics helps crypto investors build profitable portfolios using artificial intelligence based crypto indices, rankings, and price predictions

Token Metrics employs a combination of human-generated analytics and artificial intelligence to make crypto price and trend predictions.

Here is a video from the BitBoy Crypto YouTube channel interviewing Balina about Token Metrics:

And here is a video with Digital Asset News where Balina explains how Token Metrics works:

 

$2 Million Hack During Livestream

On April 15, 2018, Ian Balina was reportedly hacked during a crypto livestream. Hackers managed to steal more than $2 million in cryptocurrency from Balina.

After ending the livestream earlier than planned, Balina posted the following on his Twitter page:

Crypto Family, I need you now more than ever. I ended today’s live stream b/c I am being hacked. I’m not worried about the money. I learned my lesson. I only care about catching the hacker. Please email any information to ibalina88@gmail.com. Thank you all the support.

Shortly, Balina posted another tweet:

Hacker has stolen my funds and is about to sell on @kucoincom.Please help in contacting them. 

The bizarre circumstances caused speculation among some Twitter and Reddit users that Balina’s account hack was part of some kind of strange conspiracy. As of the time of this writing, however, there appears to be no concrete info regarding any kind of resolution to the hacking incident.

Ian Balina Net Worth

As with many cryptocurrency investors, there is much speculation online about Ian Balina’s net worth.

There appears to be no concrete info on this subject online, however Balina often references “making millions” in cryptocurrency in his videos.

Here is an example of such a video:

 

Ian Balina Online Presence & Publicity

Ian Balina is present on the following platforms:

Balina generally streams or posts videos on YouTube twice per week, sometimes more or less frequently.

Balina has also been featured in several high-profile publications, including Forbes, CNBC, Huffington Post, The Street, INC, and Entrepreneur.

Ian Balina was also featured on Australian TV in early 2018. The discussion topic was Bitcoin.

 

Conclusion

To find out more about Ian Balina, visit his personal website, as well the social media accounts linked above.

 

 

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