WHO WE ARE
Prediction Machine is a team of data engineers, DevOps, data scientists, and successful investors. We are a new company formed by experienced founders. Rather than imitate, we prefer to pick less explored problems and work from first principles. Our goal is to ship investment strategies that outperform because they leverage unusual data, or usual data in an unusual way, and rely on massive computational abilities to make plausible, sample-efficient estimates.
WHAT WE DO
We believe algorithmic portfolio management will undergo a dramatic change in the coming years. We are here to be a part of this change. Every reinvention begins with a blank sheet of paper, and a willingness to reason from first principles.
This is where Prediction Machine enters the picture. Our first move in this direction was a global search for talent. To paraphrase Elon Musk, we are building the team that will build the solution.
Selectivity and Synthesis
We are searching the world for the right mix of talent, drive, and risk-taking. We are looking for people who have prepared to be lucky.
We’re not nine-to-fivers. We’re looking not for employees, but for those who can ‘ship it’ and also be intellectual partners — data scientists who share our curiosity and quest to uncover the underlying truths; data engineers who aspire for their code to be like poetry.
How It All Started
Tim Chklovski, our founder, has an extensive background in AI, mathematical problem solving, coding, and data science. After working at startups and larger companies, he went all-in on tackling stock markets in 2014 in his first fund, which focuses on developing high-conviction views about companies likely to outperform for the long term.
Over time, he extended his focus to how various developments and stock-related news impact market prices. Prediction Machine represents doing this analysis justice — discovering quantitative opportunities in the markets requires a team of data scientists, data engineers and devops to harness large compute to efficiently formulate and test hypotheses about the market.
Founder and Managing Partner
Tim is a medallist of the International Math Olympiad, having represented the US in the 1990s. He holds a PhD from MIT in Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence) and an SB in Math, as well as an SB and an MEng in EECS (all from MIT).
After founding an Accel-funded web analysis company in 2000, Tim was a research scientist in the 2000s. He focused on crowdsourcing and web extraction techniques, then became Founding Engineer and Chief Scientist at Factual, which merged with Foursquare, and later worked on large-scale ML in the Revenue team at Twitter.
Tim made his life-long passion for stock markets ‘official’ by launching his first fund, Prepared Mind Advisers, in 2014. Seven years later, Prediction Machine, founded in 2021, is the result of his doubling-down on the opportunities that he believes large compute and alternative data will offer in uncovering pockets of predictability in markets.
Having immigrated from Russia in his teens, Tim has lived in the Midwest, Boston, Los Angeles, and for the past decade in the Bay Area. He enjoys self-improving algorithms and elegant code.
Charles Stephen Wallman
Strategy and Culture Partner
Steve launched his investment fund in 1994, outperforming the markets by a wide range in the ensuing 26 years. He achieved what very few money managers achieve by out-thinking his competition (easier said than done!).
Steve enjoys ‘going Hilbert’, taking an unusual amount of effort to get to the very essence of things, usually by seeing them for what they are, based on first principles. Through extensive research, thought, and preparation, he was able to both identify early and hold such long-term successful investments as Apple, Nike, Intuit, and Interactive Brokers.
Steve also founded StudyBlue, an educational start-up where he grew and mentored its team. It was later acquired by Chegg, a connected-learning platform.
Being a contrarian at heart, Steve became one of the main investors and GPs of Prediction Machine in 2021. He focuses on thinking through key sources of Prediction Machine’s competitive advantage, and how its approach can differ. He also reminds us about the golden rule and focusing on bringing out the best in people, which we regard as our way of earning our right to win.
Steve lives away from the bustle in the Midwest..
Data and Strategy Partner
Gil is an eminent tech entrepreneur. He and Tim go back nearly two decades, having worked together at Factual where Gil was founder and CEO, and Tim was one of two founding engineers.
After graduating from Caltech, Gil co-founded Applied Semantics. The company was acquired by Google in 2003, contributing to the AdSense product and forming Google Santa Monica. In 2007, he founded Los Angeles-based Factual Inc., an open data platform founded to maximize data accuracy, transparency, and availability.
In 2021, driven by his long-held interest in the markets, Gil has joined Prediction Machine as one of its three Founding Partners.
At Prediction Machine, Gil focuses on guiding the business through its growth trajectory, as well as scouting and emphasizing promising data opportunities.
Gil has served on the Board of Trustees for the XPrize Foundation and Caltech. He is also a member of the Los Angeles Social Venture Partners, and he is a partner at TenOneTen Ventures, a venture capital fund. He and his wife, Elyssa, also manage the Elbaz Family Foundation, supporting environmental and educational causes.