Michelle E. Messina 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.