Alison Alvarez, CEO, co-founder, headshotALISON ALVAREZ

CEO & Co-Founder

Alison Alvarez spent over a decade building big data tools for large companies in the media, automotive and banking spaces. She became convinced that more affordable and accessible solutions should exist and applied those insights to build BlastPoint. She has emerged as an expert consultant regarding large geospatial data systems, lecturing around the country to teach people how to use data tools for themselves. Alison is an NSF Research Fellow, a Jack Kent Cooke Fellow, and a Swartz Entrepreneurial Fellow. She holds two Master’s degrees from Carnegie Mellon: a 2007 MS from the Language Technologies Institute at the School of Computer Science and a 2016 MBA from the Tepper School of Business. She is a former advisor to Y-Combinator’s Valor Water.


CTO & Co-Founder

Tomer Borenstein is the CTO and co-founder of BlastPoint, focused on bringing the power of data to the masses. Tomer graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor’s in Electrical and Computer Engineering, followed by a Master’s degree focused on Machine Learning and Computer Vision. He was the first ever CMU undergraduate to create and instruct an official Computer Science course: “Building Cross Platform Web Applications”. Tomer was named to be one of the Business Times’ “30 under 30” list in 2017, and has a previous exit to Apple.


Chief Strategy Officer

Jitendra Dahale is passionate about helping companies achieve their goals. He has decades of experience developing business architecture, defining objectives to gain market share and maximize profitability, and driving growth through sales and product optimization. He has worked with global companies such as Cisco, Oracle, Citibank, and Sun, and is active as a board member and advisor to selected companies. Jitendra has moved back and forth between India and the US, now living in Pittsburgh with his wife and son.


VP, Product

Steve Estes, as VP of Product, focuses on the intersection of technology, finance, and market strategy and speaks the languages of all three, from coding web apps to term sheet nuances to analyzing competitive advantages. He has worked with data companies such as DataSift and Enigma as well as global enterprises like American Express. His approach to product design places user ergonomics as the top priority, with optionality a close second. Steve lived for a time in New York City, but is now back in Pittsburgh with his wife and two young daughters.


Director of Operations

Kelsey Hall is BlastPoint’s problem-solving guru – or Director of Operations, as she is officially known. With a proven record of managing projects from concept to completion, building internal and external relationships, and creating operational consistency by defining new processes, she brings order to the chaos of startup life. She is particularly skilled in building cross-functional teams and making critical decisions during challenges. Kelsey is from eastern Ohio and currently lives with her daughter, Bria, in Beaver County, PA.


Director of Content

As Director of Content, Marianne Holohan orchestrates content strategy and creation, from marketing campaigns to customer-facing product documentation and training. A big-picture thinker with a passion for collaborative processes, she brings people-focused insight and a literary edge to data science, as she spent 10+ years teaching writing and literature at the college level. She has also worked as a legal writer and freelance editor. Marianne, originally from western NY, lives in the city of Pittsburgh with her husband, Mike, and children, Finn and Violet.


Principal Software Engineer & Team Lead

Tony Cebzanov, Principal Software Engineer, joined BlastPoint in the summer of 2020 after 15 years at Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute. He is a versatile and dedicated software engineer with 20+ years of experience planning, designing, and developing software for delivery to a diverse array of customers in government, academic, and industry settings. Tony is originally from Philadelphia and now lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, Erica, their dog, Kona, and cat, Pearl.