Leadership, Entrepreneurship & Startups
A Silicon Valley Perspecctive

Michelle E. Messina
Explora International
mmessina@...
Silicon Valley is Uniquely Organized
to Support Startups
Our Standard of Excellence is Very High
Startups Need Lots of Help
Nestgsv diagram
Entrepreneur = Super Hero + Risk Taker
Credibility is Key
Socialize Your Ideas
Listen to Everyone. Follow No One.
Ideas Are Cheap. Execution is Priceless.
Entrepreneurs Need Supporters
Build a Great Team

Threshold
Ventures
Diverse Teams = Better Companies
Pay Attention to Female
Economic Power
Be Comfortable with Extreme Uncertainty
Organize for Speed and Intensity
Be Transparent
Boiling the Ocean Does Not Work
Forget Perfection.
Validate an MVP Quickly.
Will Your Company Scale Efficiently?
Go Big or Go Home
Build a Global Company From Day 1
Watch for Repeating Patterns
When It Doesn’t Go as Planned…
You Must Make Tough Decisions
Fail Fast. Fail Frequently.
Perseverance is a Must
It takes a long time
Driving Experience Required
Serendipity & Luck Are Involved Too
Achieving Milestones Builds Value
Be an Awesome Presenter
Telling a Good Story is a Learned Skill
Don’t Tell a Technology Story.
It’s About the
Learn to Communicate
Value = Impact on Your
Gravity is Always in Full Effect
Fear is Natural and can be Catalyst
for Change
Paralysis is not Natural
Pay It Forward
Do Something That Matters
Solve the BIG Problems
Enjoy the Journey
Michelle E. Messina, CEO

mmessina@explorainternational.com
Tel: +1 408.981.4801
Skype: michellemessina
Twitter @memessina
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Conferencia Michelle Messina

  1. 1. Leadership, Entrepreneurship & Startups A Silicon Valley Perspecctive Michelle E. Messina Explora International mmessina@explorainternational.com Tel: +1 408.981.4801 @memessina
  2. 2. Silicon Valley is Uniquely Organized to Support Startups
  3. 3. Our Standard of Excellence is Very High
  4. 4. Startups Need Lots of Help
  5. 5. Nestgsv diagram
  6. 6. Entrepreneur = Super Hero + Risk Taker
  7. 7. Credibility is Key
  8. 8. Socialize Your Ideas
  9. 9. Listen to Everyone. Follow No One.
  10. 10. Ideas Are Cheap. Execution is Priceless.
  11. 11. Entrepreneurs Need Supporters
  12. 12. Build a Great Team Threshold Ventures
  13. 13. Diverse Teams = Better Companies
  14. 14. Pay Attention to Female Economic Power
  15. 15. Be Comfortable with Extreme Uncertainty
  16. 16. Organize for Speed and Intensity
  17. 17. Be Transparent
  18. 18. Boiling the Ocean Does Not Work
  19. 19. Forget Perfection. Validate an MVP Quickly.
  20. 20. Will Your Company Scale Efficiently?
  21. 21. Go Big or Go Home
  22. 22. Build a Global Company From Day 1
  23. 23. Watch for Repeating Patterns
  24. 24. When It Doesn’t Go as Planned…
  25. 25. You Must Make Tough Decisions
  26. 26. Fail Fast. Fail Frequently.
  27. 27. Perseverance is a Must
  28. 28. It takes a long time
  29. 29. Driving Experience Required
  30. 30. Serendipity & Luck Are Involved Too
  31. 31. Achieving Milestones Builds Value
  32. 32. Be an Awesome Presenter
  33. 33. Telling a Good Story is a Learned Skill
  34. 34. Don’t Tell a Technology Story. It’s About the
  35. 35. Learn to Communicate
  36. 36. Value = Impact on Your
  37. 37. Gravity is Always in Full Effect
  38. 38. Fear is Natural and can be Catalyst for Change
  39. 39. Paralysis is not Natural
  40. 40. Pay It Forward
  41. 41. Do Something That Matters Solve the BIG Problems
  42. 42. Enjoy the Journey
  43. 43. Michelle E. Messina, CEO mmessina@explorainternational.com Tel: +1 408.981.4801 Skype: michellemessina Twitter @memessina
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