Former Global VP
Balaji Gopinath has spent over 20+ years managing, building and scaling companies. Most recently, Balaji joined SAP.iO Fund & Foundry, an early stage investment arm of SAP (Seed and Series A) focused on investing in companies in the areas of Machine Learning/AI, Blockchain, Analytics/Big Data, Commercial/Industrial IoT and other frontier technology that could benefit from the advantages of SAP's data and APIs.
Prior to SAP.iO Fund & Foundry, Balaji was active as an angel investor and advisor to both B2B and B2C companies and worked with and alongside several Corporate VCs in sourcing, analyzing, interim executive roles and co-investing into startups. Balaji has also launched and managed several accelerator models at UpRamp/Cable Labs, R/GA Venture Studio, Acceleprise, Nike, and Turner MediaCamp. He has also held executive positions at Time Warner/Turner, Nike, and several startups ending in two IPOs, acquisitions, and some miserable failures. Balaji helped launch Hotwire.com, Sephora.com, MLB.com, and Realtor.com among others during the dotcom era and holds 2 patents in the interactive advertising and automated content recognition space.