Ian Balina is a Cryptocurrency Investor and Blockchain Enthusiast based in Washington DC. Balina has been featured in the The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Huffington Post, The Street, Inc Magazine and Entrepreneur Magazine.
Early Life and Education
Ian Balina was born in Kampala, Uganda, and immigrated to the United States when he was eight-years-old. Ian Balina is one of four children. In the United States, Ian Balina stayed in Maryland and Virginia. He would earn a scholarship to attend George Washington University and attained a BS and MS in Computer Engineering.
Ian Balina speaking at an event
Balina worked at IBM in sales as a Tech Evangelist and in 2015 was a Hundred Percent Club Awardee, being recognized as one of IBM's best 500 employees. He previously worked at Deloitte as a Systems Integration Consultant.
In 2015, Balina founded the "Uber for freelancers" marketplace, Peer Hustle. He previously founded the social dictionary app Leximo.
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Balina left the corporate world to pursue becoming a crypto-influencer. He had been considerably successful in investing in Cryptocurrency as a side hobby but started Diary of a Made Man in February 2017 in order to focus on creating financial content full-time. Balina became famous for posting his Blockfolio on his Instagram.
Balina is currently an advisor to Pareto Networks, GoNetwork, and Nucleus Vision.
As of April 2018, Balina had more than 142k followers on Twitter, 117k subscribers on YouTube, and 42.5k followers on Instagram.
In April 15th, 2018 while Balina was doing a Livestream reviewing Initial Coin Offering (ICOs), a viewer informed him that his wallet addresses were hacked out of $2 million worth of crypto. Balina continued on with his review, but the live feed went down 14 minutes later. He would continue the review a few hours later but noticed that he was signed out of his Google Sheets profile. Balina later went on Twitter and wrote in his Telegram group that he had been hacked and asking for help to find the perpetrators. He believes the hackers were able to access his wallets through his old college email account.
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