Michelle E. Messina | Author | Speaker | Startup Investor | Ecosystem Builder


"I particularly like emerging markets, transitional economies and white space opportunities. Over the past 8 years, I have worked in more than 65 countries, listened to 1000's of company pitches, and coached many entrepreneurs including those at San Quentin State Prison. I've helped companies refine their message that won them coveted awards or positions at leading accelerators (500 Startups), and in one case, being acquired by one of the world's largest corporations, Rakuten. I'm interested in serving and supporting entrepreneurs, innovation ecosystems, women entrepreneurs, foreign direct investments (FDI), and economic development programs." - Michelle E Messina Decoding Silicon Valley's best practices for entrepreneurs, governments, students and investors around the world: 1) Catalyzing entrepreneurial ecosystems worldwide 2) Helping start-ups find repeatable, scalable & sustainable business models; 3) Teaching startup portfolio management best practices to non-US investors; Michelle is CEO of the international training and consulting firm, Explora International LLC and co-author of the best-selling book Decoding Silicon Valley: The Insider’s Guide. She pioneered Silicon Valley’s Best Practices training programs in 2004. Since then, the curriculum and consulting expertise has expanded to meet the needs of startups, CEO’s & founders, investors, corporate venture groups, angel and seed investors, mentors, and regional ecosystem partners. For startups and growth mode companies, Michelle helps them identify market opportunities, turnaround difficult situations, and build sustainable businesses with more predictable revenue streams. She has heard more than 5000 company pitches. For international governments, Michelle identifies gaps and opportunities in the ecosystem and implements strategies to address them and aligns supporting partners including mentor, universities, and investors. As a serial entrepreneur and consultant, Michelle is an expert pitch coach and has trained the winning companies at the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2017, Startup Grind 2017 & 2016, LeWeb 2013, and more. She has worked in, or traveled to, more than 60 different countries, including developing, post-war, and transitional economies. Michelle is a sought-after speaker and travels regularly supporting public private partnerships benefitting SME’s, women, and entrepreneurs. She mentors entrepreneurs at the NASDAQ Entrepreneurial Center, The Last Mile @ San Quentin Prison, Telefonica’s Wayra academies, and Innovation Center Denmark. Michelle is also a NASDAQ Author-in-Residence and bilingual in English and Spanish. KEYNOTES: • 3 Times a Day, You Make a Choice • An Investor-Worthy Pitch • Successful Global Expansion for Startups • Lessons Learned from 1000’s of Entrepreneurs and their Startups • Most Startups Die of Suicide, not Homicide • A Winning Formula for Sustainable Growth • Pitching Your Idea to Win Corporate Support (Intrapreneurship) ** For full information on Michelle's services and client options click to her website below **

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  • Keynotes
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  • Consulting
  • International

Reviews

6 Reviews
Molly Pollack, Executive Director, Chile Global
The event was excellent.

The event was excellent. The quality and the level of the speakers, and the content and organization, were all impeccable. I feel that many businesspeople should take advantage of this opportunity.

April 2019

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Bill Musgrave, Former President & CEO, The Enterprise Network
...highly effective...

...highly effective throughout the world.

April 2019

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Pratap Dhopte, Owner, Excelize Inc.
Michelle has great insights...

Michelle has great insights in what are effective business practices for small and growing firms.

April 2019

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