Michael Balsam has deep experience in monetizing data. He founded Bear Pond Research in 2011 to help companies bring information services & analytics platforms to market.

Balsam recently served as co-founder of NextPHR, a provider of practical and socially dynamic user engagement, data capture and reporting tools for partners that manage community-based health initiatives. Prior to NextPHR, Balsam served as Chief Strategy Officer for Onvia, a recognized provider of information, research and analytics in the business-to-government marketplace. Balsam has advised the U.S. Congress and the Obama Administration on matters of data transparency and the flow of capital across state and local governments as well as emerging market segments such as Healthcare, Technology and Sustainability. He helped to author transparency components of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and continues to guide businesses on go-to-market strategies and government at all levels on maximizing the impact of spending. He has taught business development at the University of Washington and graduated from the University of New Hampshire. Balsam has shared his insights with dozens of media outlets, including ABC News, Fox Business News, CNN and Federal News Radio.

Michael Balsam

M​anaging Partner

Bear Pon​d Research