Speakers

Colette Ballou

Founder, Ballou Capital
I am an entrepreneur, former angel investor and limited partner. Years ago, I started Ballou, a European communications and strategy agency that works with high-growth technology and technology-enabled companies, as well as technology investors. As Ballou is at the meeting point of business and media, we’ve been early adopters of leading technologies and monitored their development. Ballou’s success has allowed me to invest in start-ups and venture capital firms, and has also given me exposure to thousands of different business models, so that I know what works, what doesn't, and what to watch for. Along with my colleagues, I forecast trends, understand and examine human behaviour, and use these insights to position businesses for high growth. Companies I’ve worked with include 83 North, Accel Partners, Box, Criteo, Eventbrite, Facebook, GoEuro, Lakestar, Pinterest, Stack Overflow, Stripe, TransferWise, Twilio, Waze, WhatsApp and Zendesk. I am an investor in VC funds including Cavalry Ventures and Connect Ventures.