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
Balina was born in Kampala, Uganda and immigrated to the United States when he was eight-years-old. He is one of four children. In the United States, Balina lived in Maryland and Virginia. He would earn a scholarship to attend The George Washington University and attained a BS and MS in Computer Engineering.
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.
Blockchain and Cryptocurrency
Balina left the corporate world to pursue becoming a crypto-influencer. He had been considerable successful in investing in crypto 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.
On April 15th, 2018 while Balina was doing a livestream reviewing 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 perpretrators. He believes the hackers were able to access his wallets through an old college email account.