ExO Works provides corporate solutions driven by a higher purpose, designed to implement invention, innovation, and creativity within the traditional organizational structure.


Our goal is to support you in transforming your organization. To create a new mindset. To teach you how to be adaptable. To provide you with necessary resources.



ExO Works was built to catapult the established organization into the world of exponentiality and innovation. Our team of certified consultants and industry experts will be your guides.


Co-Founder & Chairman

ExO Works Co-Founder & Chairman, Salim Ismail, is a sought-after speaker, award-winning author, strategist and entrepreneur based in Silicon Valley. He travels extensively addressing topics including breakthrough technologies and their impact on a variety of industries and society in general.

Salim founded ExO Works in 2016 to help transform global business by catapulting organizations into the world of exponential thinking. ExO Works delivers a 10-week program called the ExO Sprint that leapfrogs an organization’s mindset forward by two years.

Salim has also been building Singularity University (SU) since 2010 initially as its founding Executive Director and currently as Global Ambassador. SU is based at NASA Ames and is training a new generation of leaders to manage exponentially growing technologies. Before that, as a Vice President at Yahoo, he built and ran Brickhouse, Yahoo’s internal incubator. His last company, Angstro, was sold to Google in August 2010. He has founded or operated seven early-stage companies including PubSub Concepts, which laid some of the foundation for the real-time web.

He has been featured in numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Fortune, Wired and the BBC. He advises Fortune 500 executives and many world governments on the future of technology and is the author of best-seller Exponential Organizations.


Co-Founder & CEO

Francisco Palao, is an award-winning innovator who has inspired and advised organizations around the world to design and implement disruptive innovation strategies. He is the co-author of the book Transform: How to Become an Exponential Organization in 10 Weeks, designed to help companies implement the ExO model step by step.

Previously, Francisco founded several companies including LeanMonitor, a cloud-based platform acquired by Gust.com. LeanMonitor helps large organizations and startups implement lean startup principles and improve their innovation strategies. Francisco also founded Nativoo, an AI-based platform, acquired by SBTUR, and IActive, a high-tech company focused on AI, named Cool Vendor by Gartner.

Francisco collaborates with leading business schools and universities, such as Singularity University and IE Business School teaching entrepreneurship, disruptive innovation and exponential technologies. He has been honored with several prestigious international recognitions and was granted the TR35 award by MIT, honoring the Top Innovators under 35.

Francisco holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Granada, and an Executive MBA from the IE Business School. He is also a graduate student of Singularity University and was mentored by Steve Blank on Lean Startup Methodologies at Berkley University.


Chief Operating Officer

Michelle oversees all day-to-day operations at ExO Works, including project delivery and consultant certification. She brings extensive experience supporting business leadership in defining and implementing strategic direction in response to change.


ExO Network Director

Che manages the ExO Network and general operations at ExO Works. She has a background in political science and cultural theory and brings experience with applying exponential principles, IT recruiting and community management.


Chief Financial Officer

Larry oversees all financial, legal and administrative functions at ExO Works. He brings a depth of entrepreneurial, operational and strategic experience, including co-founding several business startups.


Chief Product Officer

Eva leads the product design and development of the ExO Lever platform. Previously, she has defined, developed and launched innovative products for multiple startups using new development methodologies.


Head of Strategy

Michael oversees sales, marketing and product/market strategy for ExO Works. He has 22+ years corporate leadership experience and has consulted multiple businesses on exponential strategies and innovation. Michael has worn many hats in his career including corporate executive, consultant, exponential technologies speaker, entrepreneur, start up mentor, master connector and business developer.


Consulting Director

Lars oversees and supports the delivery of ExO Works’ services, including Sprints and Workshops. He has 25+ years of experience in the technology sector from Fortune100’s to a series of his own startups in China, India and Europe.


Certification Director

Jaroslav oversees the development and implementation of the training and certification programmes for the ExO Network and our partners. Jaroslav has over 10 years of global innovation and leadership development experience having worked with clients in over 30 countries.


Marketing Director

Vanessa executes the ExO Works marketing strategy and oversees the brand message, voice and style guide within our global network. Vanessa has a background in business operations, marketing and social media, and has consulted a variety of businesses on brand development and promotional strategy.


Administrative and Finance Director

Paco oversees the finance and admin for ExO Works, with an emphasis on expanding the ExO Lever administrative and payment processes. Paco has 15 years of experience in reporting, administrative and financial processes spanning a variety of industries such as banking, foundations, digital startups.


Administrative Manager

Anastasia organizes and facilitates all administrative tasks for the Europe-based ExO Works team. She excels in project and database management and brings over 4 years of experience in human resources and admin.

ExO Lever Team

The ExO Lever Team is comprised of 9 team members based in Spain, with a background in software development and UI/UX.
The ExO Lever is the proprietary platform that manages the Sprint process and progress, connecting participants to 150+ ExO Advisors.