Founder STI (sold to PSINet) ✔ Founder hpG (sold to iG) ✔ Founder FYI.to ✔ Speaker ✔ Advisor ✔ Mentor ✔ Passionate about helping others succeed.
Do you have the right entrepreneurial DNA and mindset? Would you like to know what it takes to build a successful startup?
Asia is growth and you cannot afford to not have an Asia strategy. Would you like to leverage on my network?
Doing business in Brazil is not for the faint of heart. Ask me why.
An exit strategy is the greatest value driver for a startup. A strategic exit is the greatest value creator for entrepreneurs. Starting from the exit and working backwards in time to see what kind of company to build allowed me to get a 3X return in 1/5 of the time.
The ROOT of entrepreneurial success is your compelling WHY, the reason you are building your startup. The journey to success is not all a bed of roses and your compelling WHY is what will keep you going when times get tough. Make sure that it is something near and dear to your heart and never let anyone judge you. I've gone through the full journey of entrepreneurial success twice so far, from conception, creation all the way to closing a success deal (exiting my startup). Happy to take your call and help you in any possible way I can to achieve your goals. "There are 62 McLarens in the world and I WILL own one." - Elon Musk (http://www.chamedeo.com/video/kSHUha9ABNY/young-elon-musk-featured-in-documentary-about-millionaires-1999/)
If you were an aspiring formula one driver who would you choose as a mentor? A one time formula one champion or a driver that has won the championship multiple times?
An exit strategy is the greatest value driver for a startup. A strategic exit is the greatest value creator for entrepreneurs. Seek an investor that's interested in your exit strategy from "Day 1". Eg.: https://e27.co/googles-former-ma-man-asia-just-launched-new-vc-firm-20160929/
Focus on your mission. Remember VCs = dilution*. Ultimately it's all about WHY you are building your business. As for myself, what I'd really want, is to be approached by a potential acquirer. Are you and your co-founders aligned as to why you are building the business? Do you have a proper exit strategy? I've gone through two successful exits (bootstrapped) that made my dreams come true. If you would like to know why you should have an exit strategy, happy to take your call. An exit strategy is the greatest value driver for a startup, a strategic exit is the greatest value creator for entrepreneurs. *http://RMentrepreneur.fyi.to/Dilution
Be like Pierre Omidyar (eBay founder). If the financial outcome of your acquisition makes your dreams come true, then by all means chose option A. Go and take care of yourself, your loved ones, and go and impact the world! Influence precedes impact.
Do not underestimate the power of limited resources. Constraints drive creativity! There's a difference between 10-12 competitors in a mature space with little room for market growth and 10-12 competitors in an emerging space that is posed to grow 100X over the next years. The beauty of building towards an exit is that in both scenarios above your competitors could potentially be your acquirers. Do you have a proper exit strategy? Remember, an exit strategy is the greatest value driver for a startup, a strategic exit is the greatest value creator for entrepreneurs. Happy to take you call and help you with your exit strategy.
I like Carl Bass's (CEO of Autodesk) definition of innovation: "Innovation, simply put, is to make things better." Consider Viber's success story: acquired by Rakuten for almost US$1B in less than 4 years. Their secret sauce? Rather than creating a new market altogether, they entered an existing market (VoIP) and focused on delivering an enriching user experience*. Sounds familiar? Yes, Steve Jobs did NOT invent the MP3 player, did NOT invent the tablet and did NOT invent the smart phone. Having successfully exited two startups so far, I'd be happy to take your call and help you find a target market with higher odds of yielding a successful acquisition. *http://RMentrepreneur.fyi.to/Viber
"So this is an ATM and what we're gonna do is transform the traditional banking industry. I DO NOT fit the picture of a banker." - Elon Musk (talking about X.com which later became PayPal)*. First and foremost what you really want to look for is people like Elon Musk, in other words, highly ambitious and "gwitty" (grit+wit) individuals that are willing to pay the price for success. Domain expertise is overrated. I've built amazing teams in my businesses, happy to take your call and help you in your journey to entrepreneurial success. *http://RMentrepreneur.fyi.to/ElonMusk
Passion is an energy, a fuel. Use it to fuel you to success, to fuel you to how you see your life after building (and exiting as per my experience) a successful business. THEN ask yourself what kind of business would you need to build to achieve your personal vision of success. You can read more here: RMentrepreneur.fyi.to/Passion
Great question! I've said it before and I'll say it again: Asia is growth and you cannot afford to not have an Asia growth strategy, regardless of the size of your company. I've been based here in Singapore for nearly 5 years and have observed how Singapore's leaders have worked hard to position Singapore as the regional hub in many industries, thus having a Singapore footprint is one the crucial steps in any company's strategy. Footprint can be anything from setting up a subsidiary company or finding the right type of local partner. The region presents tremendous opportunities but also offers a few challenges such as the diversity of its cultures and customs. Working with someone that knows the region and also has an international background is key. Having travelled the region (Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Brunei, etc.) extensively and built a solid and trustworthy network, I'd be more than glad to support your expansion into the region. Do engage me here on the platform and provide me with more details about your business and what goals you'd like to achieve. In the meantime I encourage you to visit http://Singapore.fyi.to/InsightsfromtheInside where you can download a very special book on occasion of the SG50 celebrations where the Singapore International Federation partnered 50 individuals from around the world who have lived, visited, studied or worked in Singapore to share their stories about what makes Singapore tick, Singaporean idiosyncrasies, the surprises they found, and their involvements and contributions to the local community. My essay "What is There Not to Love about Singapore?" can be found on page 146.
Success is definitely not in the comfort zone ("Just three years ago I was showering at the Y and sleeping on the office floor." - Elon Musk*).
Trust me, you'll get much more motivated by your dreams in life than by starting a business ("There are 62 MacLarens in the world and I WILL own one." - Elon Musk*).
First things first! What are YOUR dreams in life?
Rodrigo is an amazing listener. He listens very carefully what you say, almost to a point you feel he is in your brain, and then he gives the best - motivating - advise someone could ask.
I am lucky to have his attention, and wish every entrepreneur out there looking for a clear straight path to exit, knows that there's gold in every minute you listen Rodrigo.
It was an excellent conversation. Very good insights about entrepreneur ecosystems.
Fantastic call, really helpful advice!
He was very sincere in wanting to help me to achieve what I want to. He has a passion for helping other entrepreneurs be successful. I had a great time talking with him
Rodrigo is extremely knowledgable with not only start-ups, but specifically pertaining to the market or industry a founder is in. Rodrigo gave incredible advice that was not only enlightening but encouraging to our entrance, he was educational as well relating similar "disruptive" concepts that have been very succesful, and how to build off that. I highly recommend speaking with Rodrigo, he has a wealth of experience and compassion to take any persons entrepreneurial dreams to the next level!!
During my talk with Rodrigo I was presented with a very different point of view on the venture I am pursuing. I believe that I have a much deeper insight on my product and also our GTM strategy. I am sure I am going to consult with him again very soon.
Rodrigo is a veteran global entrepreneur who has immensely valuable and practical advice to give. Not only was his feedback useful for my team, he laid it out in such a way that I can immediately implement his suggestions. Rodrigo was able to give a macro-level analysis of the opportunities and risks in my sector as well as micro-level tactics to reach product market fit, approach investors, and position my pitch. Any entrepreneur would be lucky to have access to his time and wisdom.
Rodrigo is an amazing human being, strategic thinker and visionary. He has a remarkable ability to quickly assess several elements of an existing business or business opportunity and make immediate recommendations that can shift the odds for success. I´d say Rodrigo is a true success because he is really into helping others become succesful.
Rod is such a pleasure to speak to. He is very generous with his time and advice - especially regarding how one should think about exit strategies and approaches to exits for any startup / company. He is definitely someone you should speak to the moment you are thinking of starting up a company or venture... he is the epitome of "begin with the exit in mind"...
Rod, you were phenomenal to speak with and I'm so grateful for all of your wisdom! :)
A call with Rodrigo Martinez (RMentrepreneur) netted me $12,000 savings in IT costs.