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Boaz is the founder and CEO of TalkMarkets. Boaz started his career as a manager at Bloomberg’s corporate headquarters in Manhattan. He was then lured into the .com world where he launched two e-commerce websites for a successful electronics retailer and headed its online operations for ... more

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Founder & CEO
TalkMarkets
November 2012 - Present (9 years 1 month)
TalkMarkets covers the entire breadth of the diverse financial realm. But we customize and tailor the site to each individual user's personal interests, preferences and level of investment sophistication. This creates a user experience as unique as you.
Chief Strategy Officer & Director of Content
The Global Listing Exchange
August 2011 - December 2012 (1 year 5 months)
- Developed company-wide vision and business model for creating the world’s first financial global community
- Created launch plan, five-year development strategy, market research and competitive analysis
- Directly oversaw the development of all aspects of the GLX website including new products, tools and features, usability, functionality, traffic generators, etc.
- Conducted potential investor pitches and assisted in raising over $2.2 million in capital
- Secured commitments from top contributors to provide content for the site
- Courted potential business development partners from major players in the industry
- Recruited senior talent from large established competitors
Director of Contributor Relations
Seeking Alpha
June 2008 - August 2011 (3 years 3 months)
- Oversaw all relations with Seeking Alpha’s community of 4,000+ writers including media corporations, bloggers, industry experts and leaders in the financial community
- Negotiated and implemented dozens of business development initiatives to add value to author base with companies such as Bloomberg, EDGAR Online, CNBC, McGraw-Hill, etc.
- Increased overall contributor satisfactory rating from 23% to 97% in under two years
- More than doubled author base from 1600 to over 4000 contributing authors
- Instrumental in increasing pageviews from 40 million to 85 million per month
- Created and implemented the company’s first product study which was highly successful in encouraging high-value authors to become more active. 91% percent of the authors who used the product continued to do so once the study was completed. The study served as a template for all subsequent product launches
- Transitioned outdated and incomplete department databases into a single comprehensive shared database across the entire company
- Ensured compliance and distribution rights for all authors enabling Seeking Alpha to secure an additional $7 million of funding
- Diffused tenuous situations with authors which might have lead to the loss of their content and negative publicity for Seeking Alpha
- Created and maintained a successful internship program bringing 20 talented individuals to the department, of which nearly 50 percent were later hired as full time employees
Director of Online Operations
Saturn Enterprises
December 2000 - July 2006 (5 years 8 months)
-Oversaw marketing and development strategies to create a new online division for retail sales of electronics via the internet
-Supervised a staff of 20 in marketing, online sales and purchases, customer service, shipping, and web development and maintenance
-Developed and maintained strategic partnerships with Ebay, Amazon, Yahoo and other online sites
-Managed the design and administration of an inventory tracking system
-Increased revenues by $3 million within the first year and maintained a growth rate of approximately 35-50% annually
HR Operations Manager
Bloomberg L.P.
June 1998 - September 2000 (2 years 4 months)
-Developed a marketing strategy to attract new talent and potential employees to the company nationwide.
-Directed all marketing and recruitment efforts at career fairs and university campuses
-Coordinated and conducted on-site interviews for all departments
-Produced and promoted various internal programs for Bloomberg’s 10,000 employees
-Administered worldwide employee online forum
-Orchestrated worldwide relocation and temporary housing for over 150 employees
-Created strategic partnerships with other companies arranging discounts for employees at various stores and services across the globe
-Conducted weekly New Hire Orientation Training for over 1,500 employees
-Designed, implemented and administered TransitChek and comparable programs for all US offices resulting in a savings of over $500,000 in corporate taxes annually
-Conducted all NY Exit Interviews and analyzed worldwide turnover for Michael Bloomberg

Education

Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management
MBA
2006 / 2008
Business Management
Binghamton University - School of Management
BS
1995 / 1998
Marketing, Human Resources
State University of New York at Binghamton
BA
1995 / 1998
Liberal Arts

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