Lili Balfour

Founder of Atelier Advisors. Creator and Host of Finance for Entrepreneurs.

Lili Balfour is the founder and CEO of the SoMa-based financial advisory firm, Atelier Advisors and Host and Creator of Finance for Entrepreneurs. After spending fifteen years in investment management and investment banking, she decided to develop a firm to cater to the specific needs of early-stage companies. At Atelier Advisors, Lili advises leading brands across industries: from tech to consumer goods. In the past, she has advised over 100 brands, including: Bag, Borrow, or Steal, Visual IQ, Alpha Theory, Derivix, Practice Fusion, Peeled Snacks, Sustainable Minds, Firescope, Chix 6, Duchess Marden, Erin Fetherston, Eckart Tolle, and Stuart Skorman (founder of, Elephant Pharmacy, Hungry Minds, and Clerk Dogs (sold to Netflix)). While advising companies at Atelier Advisors, she observed a common theme - -brilliant founders avoided finance. She began writing about entrepreneurial finance to solve this problem. As a native of Silicon Valley and a Mexican American, Lili understands the importance of imparting wisdom learned in Silicon Valley to the rest of the world. Her goal is to teach the entire planet about entrepreneurial finance.