• Strategy & Communication in the Networked Age


  • Carlos Miceli

    Buenos Aires, Argentina

    I'm a business and career strategist, communicator, speaker, traveler, and lifelong learner. I focus on understanding and improving how we navigate the fields of education, employment, and entrepreneurship.


    My life has been marked by sticking to a few key mindsets:

    • Focus on systems principles and fundamentals. 
    • Take intelligent risks and pursue unconventional, untapped opportunities.
    • Understand people’s motivation and behavior in order to connect ideas and points of view.
    • Learn by doing and teaching others.
    • Follow the guidance of mentors and proven experts.
    • Ask the right questions to see problems and potential solutions clearly.

    As someone that is "comfortable amid chaos," I thrive in situations with lots of potential, but little clarity on what needs to be done. Having started many profitable businesses (and helping many others start their own) and being focused in the new trends of career growth, I can quickly diagnose people's plans and discover breakthrough opportunities for their careers or businesses, build the right systems to see sustained growth early, and communicate their value effectively in order to get what they want from the world.


    I work on understanding and providing value around the following areas. If you would like to talk directly with me for advice on any of them, please get in touch via my Clarity.fm profile.


    If you want career coaching, contact me through my Career-Hacking website.



    The way our careers grow or die changed forever. A well-curated resumé and a college degree with good grades is no longer enough to guarantee a long-term successful career. Entrepreneurial spirit is now a must if we want to advance with the times. If you feel stuck or threatened by professional uncertainty, you have an outdated mindset. To improve their professional situation, I guide people in:

    • Knowing how to learn new skills faster, and retain and use information better.
    • Creating and updating their credentials to showcase their value and experience.
    • Growing their networks and creating value consistently for the people in them.
    • Increasing or decreasing inputs in the different areas of their life, depending on the goal ahead.
    • Remembering their personal values to know what to work on, and what to avoid.



    In the networked age, most companies have difficulty 1) detecting challenges and opportunities in their business or industry, 2) communicating them quickly and effectively to the world, 3) identifying and recruiting the most suitable talent, and 4) developing said talent to maximize the ROI of the partnership. As Reid Hoffman says, a business that can't develop loyal, long-term relationships with great people is unable to invest in the future, which means it's already in the process of dying. Starting from how people behave, I help companies:

    • Diagnose their culture and uncover harmful values and blind spots.
    • Shift their focus from what's urgent to developing the necessary discipline for long term success.
    • Have dialogues with potential hires and employees that are grounded in empathy, honesty and vulnerability, in order to define clear steps towards a positive future for both parties.
    • Humanize the work relationship to maximize results, satisfaction, and long-term cooperation.
    • Imagine strategies to bring, cultivate, and reward entrepreneurial thinking in the organization, the most valuable mindset in a fast-paced changing world.



    As Jack Welch says, business isn't rocket science. It's one of simplest things in the world... but that doesn't make it easy. I believe that anyone can excel in the art of business, as long as they approach it with humility, dedication to reality, and discipline to test and improve every day. I diagnose business ideas and strategies by:

    • Analyzing the foundations of the business to check if the fundamentals are in place (this is where most people fail).

    • Asking the right questions to see the market scenario and challenges objectively.

    • Detecting the business model's assumptions, finding gaps with the market reality, and updating the model.

    • Identifying the business' systems, suggesting improvement iterations, and installing a "permanent beta" system thinking mindset.



    The things we want in life are found in other people: jobs, customers, partners, friendships, and more. Knowing where and how to find the right people, and how to effectively communicate how we can improve their lives, is one of the most important skills in a globalized and immediate world. For most people, sadly, it's also one of the least developed. I help people make their message successful by:

    • Understanding human motivation and behavior, so their message rides the waves of human attention instead of trying to fight it.
    • Framing and organizing their message by leaving out the clutter in order to maximize impact.
    • Knowing where to find the people they need to connect with, how to engage with them, and perceive the common ground between them.
    • Adapting their message to the medium, audience, and desired objective at each step.



    Procrastination is at an all-time high. It's hard to read all the information that comes our way, and harder to distinguish the value from the noise. People start new healthy or productive habits every day, only to abandon them a month later. They announce what they want to accomplish in their lives, but time goes by and they never see those goals come to fruition. I help people develop their discipline, clarity and productivity by:

    • Building a supportive context for the desired habit, and leveraging friction to maintain it.
    • Embracing their biology's limitations to maximize energy usage and recovery, and avoiding common mental traps.
    • Sharing techniques to minimize the need of willpower to perform well consistently.
    • Uncovering philosophies, values, and beliefs, to ensure that motivation and intentions are aligned.



    Follow your passion. Listen to your calling. Do what makes you happy. These messages have become vox populi, particularly among the younger generations. The idea that there is a force that, if we are brave enough to submit to it, will pull/push us towards a future where our career-related pains will disappear, is very tempting. This trend is a symptom of a modern struggle we all face repeatedly: feeling something in our lives is "wrong", but not knowing how or where to start to change it. I've talked to hundreds of people in this situation, and I help them decipher their impulses and anxieties by:

    • Asking the right (and usually hard) questions to ensure a dialogue grounded in reality.
    • Reading "between the lines" of their words and actions, and pointing at inconsistencies or more useful possible perspectives.
    • Simulating possible scenarios to help grasp what the future can look like, and how to get there.
    • Detecting justifications that shield fears, prejudices, information and logic gaps, and blind spots.

    "I saw Carlos present at NYU. He was able to give some very useful tips on networking, priming yourself to find the right opportunities for your business and developing your brand, which I'm looking forward to applying to my career."


    Helen Wolper - Head of Legal US Corporate Banking at Barclays


    "Carlos is absolutely a pleasure to work with. Brilliant, empathetic, action-oriented, and a sharp mind for business. Whatever he's asking for his rates, pay them and be assured you're going to get 20x more value in return. Massive overachiever, great guy. This is someone you want to go to war with."


    Sebastian Marshall, Executive Director at Give Get Win


    "Carlos helped me when I had no idea what I wanted to do but I knew my current situation needed to change. He helped me focus on the right problems with concrete action plans week after week, and land a new job with a salary increase. I feel great about the decisions I made via his advice."


    Miles Fitzgerald, Product Designer at Spotify


    "I can comfortably say that three months of mentorship from Carlos changed my life. He sees problems with a crisp, clear mind and shares ideas in a way that's brilliant in its simplicity. Every time I'd hit a wall, I'd walk away from a meeting with a completely new take on things. It's almost magic. I feel super lucky to have had the opportunity to learn and work with him."


    Zach Obront, Co-Founder and COO at Book in a Box


    "Carlos is one of those people whose opinion I want on just about anything. He approaches life in an inquisitive way, and I've met few people who are as deep-thinking and analytical. He produces great work (in two languages!) and is just as comfortable coldly assessing and spurring conversation as he is inciting emotional responses in his readership."


    Colin Wright, Owner and Author of Exile Lifestyle


    "If you wanted to succeed in 1980, it helped to have a great GPA, a Harvard MBA and experience at a top firm. If you want to succeed today, you need to be more like (or hire people like) Carlos. I've worked with him on multiple projects and he is a rare combination of brains, hustle and drive. Carlos is someone I would want in my classroom, my office and my foxhole."


    Clay Hebert, Founder of CrowdfundingHacks


    "Carlos is a keen, conceptual thinker who is able of communicating his ideas clearly. His insights would be valuable to many people, particularly those who value his views on education and how to foster their own independence in the changing world of work. He is also a good listener which is one of the reasons he understands the world and the human condition."


    John Sydney Hopkins, Business Strategist and Consultant


    My work has been featured in the media of the US, Australia, Spain, Argentina, Mexico, Colombia and Chile.



    Speaking at Techne Summit in Alexandria, Egypt.

    Speaking at Stanford during the "Gotta Be Good" Tour.

  • Spoken in English and Spanish around the world, including:

  • What people say about my speaking...

    "Carlos is an outstanding speaker, with an impressive ability to synthesize his ideas on simple and engaging talks." - Tomás Abadi, Stanford University event attendee


    "Carlos' talks are always supported by research and hard earned experience. Full of practical tips and frameworks that are easy to understand and apply, Carlos has helped me shift the way I think about sales and growing my career." - Florencia Di Sarli, Consultant and UC Irvine event attendee


    "Carlos led a workshop that not only personally transformed my life, but also other students in my community. He led by example and really engaged our entire audience on what mattered to them. If you get the chance, I highly recommend listening to Carlos speak." - Aidan Gold, Spark Boulder event organizer

    "I love meeting people like Carlos, that know so well what they want to do and why they want to do it... and share it with others! A relentless entrepreneur, simple and focused, with the charm and attitude required to inspire others." - Alba Romero, Director of Experiences at Diverza (Mexico) 


    "Besides his charisma in front of an audience, Carlos' life experiences and ability to communicate what he knows helped everyone look forward to new challenges." - Juliana Giraldo, Entrepreneurship Coordinator at Escuela de Ingeniería de Antioquia (Colombia)


    "When listening to Carlos, you feel like you're having one of the most important conversations of your life, because he can express with ease the most powerful convictions." Jhon A. Hincapie, Marketing Director at Cooperativa para el Empleo y Desarrollo Social (Colombia)



    I'm currently giving talks on the following topics, in both English and Spanish:

    Career Paradigms and Professional Growth in a Networked Age

    Target Audience: Ambitious professionals of any industry or craft

    The way our careers grow or die changed forever. A well-curated resumé and a college degree with good grades is no longer enough to guarantee a long-term successful career. If you feel stuck or threatened by professional uncertainty, you have an outdated mindset. In this talk, I cover:

    • What does it mean to be professionally "healthy"?
    • What can you do to attract more jobs and business ideas?
    • What skills should every professional have, regardless of their industry or craft?

    Threats & Opportunities in Talent Recruitment, Development and Retention in a "Passion-Driven" Era

    Target Audience: Companies pursuing innovation and building an adaptive and resilient workforce

    Most companies today have difficulties 1) detecting challenges and opportunities in their business or industry, 2) communicating them quickly and effectively to the world, 3) identifying and recruiting the most suitable talent, and 4) developing said talent to maximize the ROI of the partnership. I cover:

    • How has Internet changed the employer-employee relationship and the role of leadership?
    • How important is young people's expectations of working on something they are "passionate" about?
    • What are the main habits an organization should have to trigger employment satisfaction, innovative thinking, and long-term resilience?

    A Method to Get Unstuck and Make a Life Breakthrough

    Target Audience: People of all ages needing the inspiration and framework to make a leap forward in their lives.

    We all feel stuck sometimes. We all have moments in our lives where we are a bit confused, somewhat lost, about what we should do next. This trend is a symptom of a modern struggle: feeling something in our lives is "wrong", but not knowing how or where to start to change it. I've talked to hundreds of people in this situation, and I've developed a simple framework to help them decipher their impulses and anxieties, and figure out their next step. I cover:

    • Why now, more than ever, do we get lost and confused so often in our lives?
    • Six questions that can immediately provide more clarity to your life.
    • Specific exercises that you can use for yourself that can bring progress to any area of your life you want to improve.

    I'm not a full-time speaker. I believe in creating value outside of the lecture hall, in the "real world," and then sharing what I've learned in front of other people.


    That being said, I approach every speaking engagement by:

    1. Tailoring my message to the audience.
    2. Speaking only from my own research and unconventional life experiences (Nassim Taleb calls this "doxastic commitment").
    3. Being genuine: what you see is what you get.

    Fill the form in the Contact section if you want to know about my rates and availability to speak at your organization or event.

  • A powerful talk, in front of the right audience, is guaranteed to inspire and bring new perspectives that can trigger long-lasting, positive life changes.


    If you would like to have me speak at your organization or event, please fill the form below:



    Some highlights of my past and present body of work.



    3º Annual "Gotta Be Good" Tour

    Tour Director

    United States, Mexico, Colombia (2015)


    Helped recruit and create awareness for GiveGetWin, a nonprofit that's reinventing funding models for philanthropy. Spoke at universities and entrepreneurial communities in the US, Mexico and Colombia, such as Harvard, MIT, Stanford, UCLA, NYU, Startup Mexico, CESA, and more.



    Director of Business Development

    Tallinn, Estonia (2015)


    Marketplace of professional adventures that connects people who want to depart their usual career paths for 3-12 months professional internship to employers seeking to hire or volunteer for short stints. I joined Jobbatical for a 6-month period to help with the business development strategy and outreach results.


    Co-Founder 2012 - 2014

    Viña del Mar, Chile


    Exosphere is a learning and problem-solving community. Fully bootstrapped, I led sales efforts that brought +100 people from +20 countries to participate in our bootcamps. Led workshops in English & Spanish on business fundamentals, career paradigms, speaking techniques, accelerated learning, productivity systems, networking, how to find mentors, and other topics.

    Pulso Social

    Regular contributor

    Colombia (2014 - Present)


    PulsoSocial is Latin America's leading media company that targets an audience of entrepreneurs, developers, investors and managers in the tech industry. I write about careers, startups, education, and more.


    Accelerator Coordinator for Southern Cone

    Buenos Aires, Argentina (2013)


    Helped Matías Kelly, director of Ashoka, to create an accelerator program for social entrepreneurs.

    Buenos Aires City Government

    Innovation Advisor to Fernando Benegas

    Buenos Aires, Argentina (2013)


    I was in charge of researching and imagining new ideas to improve the quality of life in the City of Buenos Aires, trigger creative input from other team members, and position the sector as leader of innovation.

    El Poder de tu Contexto


    Buenos Aires, Argentina (2013)


    Written (in Spanish) and published in 45 days, the book argues that our context will affect our actions more than our willpower, and analyzes concepts such as laziness, friction, scaffolds, externalization, reward substitution, and more.



    Buenos Aires, Argentina (2013 - 2014)


    Community and workshops where ambitious professionals can update their professional paradigms, and connect with the relevant information and people that they need to boost their careers.

    El Mundo de las Ideas

    Assistant Professor

    Buenos Aires, Argentina (2012 - 2013)


    El Mundo de las Ideas is a five-month long course that brings participants close the new trends and core concepts in the most diverse fields: art, business, science, philosophy, social issues, and more. Joined renown speaker Gerry Garbulsky and scientist Melina Furman since the course's founding days, assisting them in every aspect of the business. Coached +50 speaking presentations from the course's participants for their graduation event.

    The Start-up of You

    Marketing Associate

    United States (2012)


    Assisted with market research and outreach, and provided the revision of the spanish version. The book became New York Times and Wall Street Journal Nº1 best-seller.

    The Personal MBA

    Josh Kaufman's Apprentice

    United States (2010 - 2011)


    Learned the ways of business coaching with world-known business teacher Josh Kaufman, while working with clients on the field. Assisted in the marketing of the book, which became Nº1 in Amazon under "Training." Helped Josh develop several new projects around The Personal MBA brand, wearing all sorts of hats: online marketing, content writing, community management, online research, front-end development (HTML and CSS), SEO, and more.


    Co-Founder & Content Director

    United States (2009 - 2010)


    Led a team of +20 writers in creating content for the platform. Untemplater was successfully sold to outside investors in 2010.

    Telecom Argentina

    Top Clients Sales Executive

    Buenos Aires, Argentina (2008 - 2009)


    Beat sales objectives by +150% every year with clients such as VISA, American Express and ADT.





    Some random facts about me...

    • Been blogging since 2008.
    • Lived for at least 2 months in Argentina, Australia, Chile, Colombia, China and Estonia. I'm also the first Argentinian e-Resident of Estonia.
    • Dropped out of college three times.
    • Being Argentinian, I love to play soccer, but I enjoy watching basketball more.
    • I meditate frequently, and rollerblade often, which to me is another form of meditation.
    • I have mottephobia (phobia of moths). Embarrasing, I know...
    • I'm positive I'm the biggest fan of the sitcom "Friends" in Latin America.
    • I can do the moonwalk.

    Always happy to connect with another curious mind.

    Skype via Clarity.fm






    Carlos Miceli








    Carlos Miceli