Mikhail Balakin

Entrepreneur with 15+ years of experience in digital marketing and startups. Runner, rider and criticaster. Founder of 5. Father of 3.

A bit of history

I was born in previous century, grew up in the country that doesn’t exist anymore, in the city which name is so long and complex that no foreigner could pronounce it.

Once, at the age of 21, I’ve connected to the new thing called the Internet. (yes kids, I witnessed the time when the Internet didn’t exist). I enjoyed using it so much that decided immediately find a job in an internet company. But fortunately there was no such companies in the city with long and complex name. Therefore I had to start my own internet company. Then another one … and another one …

Long story short, here I am in my 40’s, working in digital industry almost my entire professional life. I’ve tried many roles: hungry startup founder, successful entrepreneur, fucked up entrepreneur, stupid client, executive in global company, university teacher and investor.

And I hope that the list of roles is going to be continued, because it’s just a beginning …


Screw definite career path. The purpose of life is exploration, adventure and learning. Why should it be different in professional life?
I love to experiment and do new things. At almost every my job I've been working at the market that didn't exist 5 years ago.

Finstar Financial Group

Head of Programmatic

2015 Present

Don't ask me what I do here. I've signed oppressive NDA


Managing Director Russia

2012 2015

Established russian office of leading european Demand Side Platform providing full-funnel programmatic solutions for e-commerce advertisers. Company was acquire ... Read more


Co-Founder, Investor

2012 present

Co-founded and invested in mobile apps development studio best known on russian market as developer and publisher of the "Slovo za Slovo" - competitive P2P word ... Read more


Managing Director

2010 2012

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Business Development Group

CEO & Co-founder

2006 2012

Founded and led company managing portfolio of mobile and web-based entertainment projects.
- Lead team of 20 including 10 professional software developer
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Moscow Business School

Business Development Director

2007 2008

Responsible for managing a portfolio of internet projects for one of the largest russian business school (1 500 distance MBA students). Advised top management o ... Read more


CEO & Co-founder

2004 2006

Founded and managed self-funded start-up company on the fast-growing mobile content market. • Created
team of 20 which launched more than 50 mobile enter
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CEO & Co-founder

2000 2004

Co-founded and managed start-up company providing web-development and internet-advertising services. Sold the company to a strategic investor in 2004. • Custo ... Read more

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The list of my skills I took from LinkedIn. That is what other people endorse me for. And actually I pretty well know what all the words in those circles mean. Even can read lectures on some of them. But still experience a problem explaining what I do for living to my Mom.

Business Management
Real-Time Bidding
Product Management
Team Leadership
Online Marketing
Mobile Marketing
Affiliate Marketing
Launching Of New Products
Online Lead Generation
Mobile Applications
Real Time Bidding
Mobile Devices
Product Launch
Business Development
Online Advertising


Get in touch with me if you would like to do business together, share an idea or just say "Privet".

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