About Ambal Balakrishnan

Ambal is a technology focused product management and marketing leader with a strong track record of leading strategic growth. Ambal has robust 18+ years experience working at and partnering with high-profile technology companies in both B2B and B2C marketplaces building scalable, reliable, high performance products (both hardware and software) for business with multi-billion dollar in annual revenue. She has done various roles that includes engineering, program management, business development, strategy and marketing for premium and fast growing product divisions at IBM, Cisco, Telecordia (prior name Bell Labs) and strategic marketing consulting firm ClickDocuments.

At IBM, she was World Wide Content Marketing Leader for Systems Hybrid Cloud DevOps where she manages content marketing strategy, digital content design and production to drive business results.

At Cisco, she focused on world wide marketing and positioning of Cisco’s Cloud & Data Center switching business. She brings both strong engineering, product management & marketing skills with verticals experience from many different industries.

Ambal brings tremendous learning from decades of avid reading books in the following categories – science, arts, business, marketing, strategy, finance, philosophy, psychology and more.

Ambal’s book is #CONTENTMARKETINGtweet – 140 bite-sized ideas to create and market compelling content. She speaks at many events on entrepreneurship and marketing.

Ambal was the curator for TEDxYouth@SanRamon which is organized to inspire high school students in San Ramon Valley Unified School District. Ambal lended a parent’s voice to local school’s Site Council and served on the Board of San Ramon Valley Education Foundation that supports and promotes education in the community in partnership with the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. She is also actively involved in coaching elementary and middle school students in math and science contests.

Her hiking pursuits have taken her to several mountains including Mt. Whitney at 14,500 feet (which she managed to climb in 1 day).

Ambal received her Masters in Computer Science from Purdue University and an MBA in Marketing, Strategy and Entrepreneurship from Wharton University of Pennsylvania.

She lives in Austin, TX with her family of 3 boys (that includes her husband!) and a border-collie+lab mix dog named Rainbow.

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