Krishen Iyer is the Founder and CEO of MAIS Consulting, a company that provides technology, design, and business strategy solutions. His firm offers marketing consulting services to companies. Krishen has worked with companies like Nike, Microsoft, SAP, Accenture, and IBM. He lectures at universities such as Harvard Business School and the University of Nottingham on social media marketing strategy. He is also a featured speaker on CNN International, discussing topics related to the digital economy.
All About Krishen Iyer
- Early Life
Krishen Iyer was born in a small town in Tamil Nadu, India. He moved to the United States to pursue his bachelor’s degree. He holds a double major in accounting and computer science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Krishen Iyer also holds an MBA from UC Berkeley and is pursuing his Ph.D. from Purdue University.
He attended a computer center during this time, where he was exposed to computers, entrepreneurship, and entrepreneurship activities. While in college, he collaborated with companies to help promote their product in the lifestyle sector. It was then that Krishen felt that there should be a new way of doing marketing.
- Krishen Iyer´s Career
He was a lead marketing consultant at Accenture, one of the world’s most significant technology consulting firms. At Accenture, Krishen executed marketing campaigns for some of their biggest clients, such as Nike, IBM, and Microsoft. Krishen Iyer founded MAIS Consulting in 2004 and has been delivering marketing strategies and designs to companies ever since. MAIS has worked with Boeing, Intel, Samsung, and Cisco Systems clients. Some of their most noted projects have been for the San Francisco 49ers football team and helped setting up Microsoft’s “You Are What You Play” campaign during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.
Krishen Iyer has several accolades. His awards include Best Startup in the Bay Area from HBS, the Microsoft Director of Strategic Partnerships Award, and the SAP Global Advisor Award. Many organizations have recognized Krishen’s work around social media marketing; for example, he was given an award at Harvard Business School for the best use of social media strategy in an advertising campaign.
Krishen Iyer has used his company MAIS Consulting to create a space for women to work in the tech field. Across different industries, he sees women being underrepresented and believes this is a problem that must be fixed. To be successful, he states that you must have resilience and the ability to make quick decisions. He also believes that to become successful, you have to be a leader in your field and set your own goals, whether those are personal or professional.