Bala Girisaballa – President, Techstars

Bala Girisaballa is a person who has donned many hats throughout his career. He currently serves as President at Techstars, a firm that provides funding and mentorship to startups across the world. He is also the Founder and Director at PurpleFront, a firm that helps small businesses leverage social media to grow and retain customers. Bala is widely recognized for having served as the MD of Microsoft Accelerator (India), wherein he was responsible for mentoring later-stage tech startups.

Bala completed his B. Tech. in Chemical Engineering from the Osmania University in Hyderabad, before pursuing an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad.

He started off his career at Asian Paints and then joined Infosys as a Product Manager. Post this, Bala was engaged in business development at Altair Engineering. He further demonstrated his strong acumen for strategic thinking as the Director of Product Strategy at Oracle Corporation.

After stints as a Vice President at iViz Security and the co-founder, COO and CTO at, Bala headed the Yahoo! Entrepreneur Network in 2010. He later became the Partner & Practice Head at Zinnov, before joining Microsoft’s Accelerator program.

i5 Summit, co-sponsored by the Union Bank of India, is pleased to have Bala Girisaballa as a speaker for this year’s edition.