Bala Girisballa

Bala has over two and half decades of global experience in technology & business. An entrepreneur and an author himself, he has founded three startups and is an advisor to many startups and venture funds for over 10 years. He is the Managing Director of APAC at Vista Equity Partners. Prior to this, Bala was the President of Techstars India – the world’s leading platform for startups & innovation. He has also served as Managing Director at Microsoft Accelerator India, Microsoft’s flagship startup program, and held leadership roles at Yahoo, Oracle, and a global management consulting & research firm.

Bala keynotes at events on topics ranging from entrepreneurship, business disruption, innovation, and building startups. He has contributed chapters in the books “Wiley’s Black Book Enterprise 4.0” and “Do More Faster” India edition. Bala also talks about Indian History & Culture in his YouTube channel. He has a MBA from IIM Ahmedabad and a B.Tech from Osmania University. Bala lives in Bangalore with his family. In his leisure time, he loves coding, reading, writing and traveling.