Fireside Chat with MICHELLE E. MESSINA in Tokyo

Feb 18, 2019, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Plug and Play Shibuya, 1-10-8, Shibuya Dogenzaka Tokyu Bldg 1F, Dogenzaka, Shibuya, Tokyo, 150-0043

Michelle E. Messina is a serial entrepreneur who brings strong sales, marketing, and business development skills to startups everywhere. She pioneered the Silicon Valley best practices training of startups in 2004 and has worked in more than 35 countries. Michelle believes that being an entrepreneur is the hardest thing you'll ever enjoy doing.

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Silicon Valley-based | Speaker | Angel Investor | Serial Entrepreneur | Author

Entrepreneurship, Startup Acceleration, and Ecosystem Architecture

グローバルに研修を手掛けるコンサルティングファーム「Explora International LLC」のCEOであり、ベストセラー本「Decoding Silicon Valley: The Insider’s Guide」の共著者。

スタートアップ企業、ベンチャーグループ、エンジェル投資家、メンターネットワーク、地域に根付くビジネスパートナーを取り巻くビジネスエコシステムなどに対する優れた研修プログラムの総称である2004年の「Silicon Valley Best Practices Training Programs」を手掛けたパイオニア。




起業家としては、ピッチ(短時間で行うプレゼンテーションの一種)指導を行う専門家として、企業のピッチ指導を担当し、マイクロソフト主催の「Microsoft Imagine Cup 2017」を含む「Startup Grind 2017 & 2016」「LeWeb 2013」他多数のイベントにて、数多くの企業を優勝に導いた実績を持つ。



「NASDAQ オーサー・イン・レジデンス(NASDAQが作家の創作活動を全面支援するシステム)」の一員であり、英語とスペイン語の二ヶ国語に堪能なバイリンガルでもある。

Michelle E. Messina is CEO of the global training and consulting firm, Explora International LLC and coauthor of the best-selling book Decoding Silicon Valley:

The Insider’s Guide. She pioneered Silicon Valley Best Practices Training Programs in 2004 for startups, corporate venture groups, angel and seed investors, mentor networks, and regional ecosystem partners.

Michelle has worked in more than 65 countries and regularly consults to international governments on their ecosystem development, including developing, post-war, and transitional economies.

For startups and growth mode companies, Michelle helps identify market opportunities, turnaround difficult situations, and build ustainable businesses with more predictable revenue. For regional and international governments, Michelle identifies gaps and opportunities in the ecosystem and implements best practices and strategies that overlay upon the existing culture and norms designed to effectively align supporting partners including founders, mentors, universities, hubs, corporations, investors.

As a serial entrepreneur, 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 many more events. She has heard more than 5000 company pitches in the past few years.

Michelle is a sought-after speaker and mentors at the NASDAQ Entrepreneurial Center, Telefonica’s Wayra academies, and Innovation Center Denmark. Michelle is a NASDAQ Author-in-Residence and bilingual in English and Spanish.

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  • Michelle Messina

    Explora International



  • John Kojiro Moriwaka

    Startup Grind Tokyo/Fukuoka/ Nagoya



  • John Kojiro Moriwaka

    Startup Grind Tokyo/Startup Grind Fukuoka/Startup Grind Nagoya

    Chapter Director/Director/CEO/CIO/Columnist

  • Tamami Ushiki


  • Satoko Serizawa

    Team Member

  • Joey Li

    Founders Lair

    Team Member

  • Saki .

    Team Member

  • Luke Tanaka

    Startup Grind Fukuoka/Nagoya


  • Yoshiaki Ushifusa

    Startup Grind Fukuoka

    Team Memebr

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