Viresh Bhatia

Viresh Bhatia

Co-founder, InstallShield Software

Viresh Bhatia is the  co-founder and founding CEO and visionary behind one of the most recognized software companies in World.

Since its founding in 1987, Viresh has successfully grown InstallShield Software Corporation from a two-person startup to an organization employing over 300 individuals with offices around the world.

Viresh’s strong vision and entrepreneurial spirit have driven InstallShield products to be ranked by Media Metrix, Inc., as the sixth-most-frequently owned and eighth-most-frequently used software among PC users. InstallShield has also earned its third inclusion in the prestigious “Inc. 500,” Inc. Magazine’s listing of America’s fastest growing private companies.

Viresh has received multiple industry awards including KPMG’s “Illinois High Tech Award,”Silicon India Magazine’s “Top 100,” and Ernst & Young’s “Software Entrepreneur of the Year Award” (Illinois/Northwest Indiana region). Most recently, Viresh was named a national finalist in the Software Information Services Category at Ernst & Young’s 13th annual Entrepreneur Of The Year® awards ceremony.

Viresh is also recognized by top Chicago business publication, Crain’s Chicago Business, as a driving force within Chicago’s technology arena. He has been included in Crain’s prestigious “Forty Under Forty: Executives to Watch” issue as well as the elite “Who’s Who in Chicago Business” list.

Viresh has served on the Boards of various startup companies since 1998 and freely devotes his time to assist many emerging entrepreneurs.

Viresh is one of the founders of TiE Midwest and has served as president of the TiE Midwest Chapter from 2000 to 2004

Viresh is a Computer Science graduate from Northwestern University.