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BirthplaceBrooklyn, NY USA


UNC Chapel Hill, BA 1989
Psychology and Religious Studies
Union Theological Seminary, MA 1994
Philosophy, Ethics


Founder & President

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Colette Ballou

Colette is the founder of Ballou PR, which focuses on high-growth companies in technology and health IT. The Ballou PR team has had a string of well-documented client success stories including the exit of Musiwave for $100M+ and the successful entry of Facebook into France. Along the way, we’ve redefined PR to include social media at its core.

Companies she’s worked with include Facebook,, Eventbrite, Evernote,, Baddo, Twilio, Groupon, Eventbrite, Autonomy, Criteo, Cisbio, Dailymotion, HRA Pharma, Notrefamille, Viadeo, Wildfire Interactive, Accel Partners, Sofinnova Partners, Atlas Venture, Microsoft BizSpark and Seedcamp.

Colette is an active part of the start-up community: She is a speaker/moderator and is a mentor and judge for start-up organizations and events such as:

➢ Seedcamp (mentor/judge) ➢ Microsoft BizSpark (speaker) ➢ GuideWire Group Innovate! Europe conference (mentor/judge) ➢ IBM SmartCamp (mentor/judge) ➢ SxSW Start-Up Accelerator (judge) ➢ European Tech Tour (speaker/mentor/judge) ➢ TechCrunch (speaker/judge) ➢ Springboard (speaker/mentor/judge) ➢ Telegraph Tech Start-Up 100 (judge) ➢ #Failcon (moderator) ➢ Startup Europe Vienna (speaker) ➢ London Open Mobile Summit 2011 (moderator) ➢ Constellation SuperNova Awards (judge)

She was listed in the 2011 Wired UK 100’ s list of the most influential figures in Britain’s digital economy, and is also one of the 500 Mentors for 500 Startups.

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