Colette Ballou (USA)
Colette is the founder of Ballou PR, Europe’s smartest and sassiest technology, consumer internet and life sciences public relations agency.
Before establishing Ballou Public Relations, Colette was a vice president at Edelman Public Relations Worldwide’s Enterprise Software and Service group in both the San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices.
Colette has a background in technology and consumer technology, as well as consumer marketing, and specializes in corporate image campaigns, company and product launches — as well as issues and crisis management. She has years of public relations experience in both agency and corporate environments. Folks she works with include: Facebook, Amazon, Atlas Venture and many more.
But her true love is start-ups. She is an active part of the European and US start-up community, serving as a speaker, moderator, mentor, and judge at industry events including Seedcamp, Microsoft BizSpark, European Tech Tour, TechCrunch and the Plugg conference in Brussels. She is also one of the 500 Mentors for 500 Startups.