Aishwarya is the founder and CEO of the Impact Chain Lab, a blockchain innovation lab focused on global development and social impact, and is also an investor for 37 Angels, a women-led angel network. She is passionate about developing systems that challenge the current order, promoting women in tech, entrepreneurship and venture capital, and breaking down cultural barriers.
Aishwarya started her career in consulting at PwC working with fortune 500 clients globally with a focus on technology and security in the consumer products space. Her entrepreneurial spirit and business acumen led her to move on and join Build Academy as the first employee. Build Academy is an education technology startup which straddles social impact and the building industry and focuses on crowdsourcing innovative design solutions for building projects. Aishwarya played a key role in shaping the vision, building the business model, fundraising and growing the company.
Being a visionary and strategist herself, she quickly found herself enamored with blockchain technology and its disruptive potential and is now focused on identifying ways to apply the technology to create solutions in the global development landscape.
Strategy and Business Development
Aishwarya and I worked together at Build Academy, where I served on the Advisory Board and Aishwarya as Director of Operations. Aishwarya always stood out for me as an intelligent, creative and highly hands-on person, able to tackle any company-related matter. Startups often have many "fires" or "emergencies" and I have seen Aishwarya without any hesitation jump in and brilliantly handle critical situations when the CEO was not available. Very articulate and confident, Aishwarya possesses internal drive and visionary thinking, which are so vital for any growing business. She is extremely well-connected in the start-up and venture capital scenes on the East and West Coasts and smartly leverages these connections for the benefit of the business. A tremendous asset for any team!
Aishwarya has been a mentor for me on several of my business ventures - helping me scope out business ideas and develop strategies. She has helped me navigate multiple startup challenges and strategize for future growth. It amazes me how motivated Aishwarya is about learning new technologies and business strategies and how valuable she has been in my personal and business growth.
Initial Coin Offerings, or ICOs (pronounced ‘eye-cos’) have taken the world by storm.
Instead of turning to traditional investors, burgeoning blockchain-based firms are creating new digital tokens and swapping them for cold hard cash.
ICOs are used exclusively by blockchain-based companies.
It means bypassing the usual checks and balances used by VCs and banks, and it’s about to potentially change the world as we know it...
Credit cards, online wallets and cryptocurrencies are just some of the numerous ways of payment in the modern world. Yet, there has been a recent addition to this list. Meet a completely new technology: paying with your face. Yes, seriously.
No fingerprints or retinal scans. Just smile into the camera and have the payment done...
In March 2014 we launched the Original Fintech Week in London. The idea was to help fast-track innovation by getting the right people in the room in a casual, frictionless environment and let the magic happen organically.
Since then we have been running Fintech and Blockchain conferences all over the globe in cities including, London, New York, Hong Kong, San Francisco, Dublin, Amsterdam, Washington D.C., Chicago and Tel Aviv. We are one of the fastest growing, independent Fintech events companies with a global footprint.
2017 is the 4th year that we've been running Fintech Week but the first time we're bringing the multi-day conference/exhibition/workshop/meetup concept to New York. We pride ourselves on bringing together the Fintech ecosystem, including investors, large banks, consultancies, start-ups, academics, government and innovators. Join for our inaugural event in New York, NY...
The 17th annual New York Venture Summit, presented by youngStartup Ventures, is the premier industry gathering connecting venture capitalists, corporate VCs, angel investors, technology transfer professionals, senior executives of early stage and emerging growth companies, university researchers, incubators and premier service providers...
Aishwarya is an entrepreneur and an investor for 37Angels, a women-led angel network. Aishwarya started her career as a consultant for PwC working with fortune 500 clients globally on technology in the consumer products space. She then went on to join and grow an education technology and social impact startup that focused on crowdsourcing innovative design solutions for the building industry as their first employee. Aishwarya is now very involved in the blockchain ecosystem and is currently identifying ways to apply blockchain technology in the social impact space.
We recently spoke with her for (and quoted in) a piece we wrote on ICOs, or Initial Coin Offerings, for the uninitiated, for The Memo. She is currently working on a blockchain startup, and we’re very excited to have her speak and discuss not only investing, but blockchain technology as well, which is exploding, as many of you know...
An inspiring discussion on facing challenges as a woman in the workplace, and overcoming those challenges as a leader in the workforce.
Aishwarya Balaji is an Advisory Experienced Associate at Pricewaterhouse Cooper. She has had a wide range of experience during her college days from serving as a Wedding & event coordinator for Pink Lotus Events to working as a business intelligence intern at Boston Scientific and an operations intern at Liberty Mutual Insurance. She is also a well trained Bharatanatyam dancer. She shares her story with Lokvani...
“The three categories were Miss (18 to 27yrs); Teen (13 to 17yrs); Mrs. India. Miss and Teen competed in evening gown, ethnic dress and talent round. Then finalists moved to on-stage question. Mrs. India contest had 3 rounds of ethnic dress, evening gown and on-stage question,” said Ruchika Arora, director of the India New England pageant. “It was truly a unique celebration of culture and surely a moment to be proud of Indian-American heritage..."