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Will Ballard

Advisor Austin, Texas Area, US

CTO, Gerson Lehrman Group. Previously EVP, Technology, Demand Media.

CTO, Gerson Lehrman Group. Previously EVP, Technology, Demand Media.

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CTO GLG (Gerson Lehrman Group) August 2011 - present
EVP, Technology Demand Media 2008 - September 2011
Vice President and CTO Pluck January 2005 - March 2008
Consultant - August 1993 - December 2004
Sr. Software Development Manager Cisco May 2003 - August 2004
.NET Practice Manager MomentumSI August 2002 - May 2003
VP Development NetSpend July 2000 - August 2002
Architect & Development Manager The Works Search Ltd PR Recruitment February 1999 - July 2000
Consultant Trilogy July 1998 - February 1999
Manager, Internal Systems Quarterdeck September 1997 - July 1998


Claremont McKenna College Mathematics / Computer Science 1993 - 1997

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Markets of Interest
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Robotics
  • • Cloud Services
  • • Financial Services

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Peter Bell
We worked together  •  co-chair QCon New York, QCon and Adjunct Professor, Columbia University.
Phenomenal technologist - super smart, great leader.
David Lerner
We worked together  •  Business developer, growth hacker before word was invented. Concentrating on startups in Media/Ad/Marketing Tech. Sales, Marketing, Strategy
Will has it all. Great entrepreneurial instincts, tech acumen, and knows how to run a large and complex technology development effort, yet c ... an also build an App solo. Will might want to join a startup that is exciting, but he doesn't NEED to, to accomplish his goals. If you are on to something that is truly leading edge he is the go to guy, for advice, or as a co-founder.
Austin Ogilvie
We worked together  •  Co-Founder, Yhat, Inc.. Previously Product Manager, On Deck Capital, Inc.. University of Virginia grad.
Will is an absolute force of nature. He's built many products and scaled numerous engineering teams. He's a product minded guy with a long a ... nd distinguished list of accomplishments. Any startup would be wildly lucky to have him involved as a mentor or investor.
Peter Lehrman
We worked together  •  Chief Executive Officer, Axial Inc and Member, Board of Directors, Frontier Strategy Group. Stanford GSB grad. University of Virginia grad.
Will is a talented engineer and engineering manager. He is ruthlessly results oriented and has strong contrarian perspectives on how to bui ... ld and align an engineering organization. He's the real deal

Amit Malhotra
Managing Director, Product, The Advisory Board Company. Previously Director, Product Management / Corporate Development, BakBone Software.
Always smart about products that can really make money.