Meet Ashish Mistry, Atlanta-based venture capitalist and CEO

Ashish Mistry says there’s “a great amount of entrepreneurial talent in this city.”

And he should know.

Mistry, a longtime player in Atlanta’s startup scene, is managing partner at BLH Venture Partners, a private investment firm specializing in early-stage technology companies. At BLH, Mistry is an investor and advisor to new businesses. He also serves as president and CEO of KontrolFreek, a fast-growing performance gaming gear company. And, in his spare time, he is active in many nonprofit organizations that foster entrepreneurship within the technology and business community, serving as both director and advisor for the Atlanta CEO Council, Georgia Tech’s Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC), Hypepotamus and Venture Atlanta.

“After graduating from Emory, I was eager to enter the Atlanta tech startup scene,” says Mistry. “Since then, I have watched the scene develop in so many ways.”

Shortly after college graduation, Mistry co-founded Virtex Networks, a managed IT services provider that was acquired by Leapfrog Services in 2001. Mistry then joined and helped commercially launch AirDefense, a pioneer in the WiFi security market and now part of Motorola. In 2006, Mistry joined RCMS Group, a building information modeling, or BIM, services provider in the commercial construction market. Mistry also has twice served as entrepreneur-in-residence at Georgia Tech’s ATDC.