Ted Talk With Bel Pesce: 5 ways to kill your dreams

All of us want to invent that game-changing product, launch that successful company, write that best-selling book. And yet so few of us actually do it. TED Fellow and Brazilian entrepreneur Bel Pesce breaks down five easy-to-believe myths that ensure your dream projects will never come to fruition.

Ted Talk With Bel Pesce: 5 ways to kill your dreams

Bel Pesce left Brazil to study at MIT. But after a successful stint in Silicon Valley, she returned to inspire others with great ideas in her country to make them a reality.

Why you should listen

Bel Pesce has worked at big technology companies — in at internship at Microsoft, she led the team for Microsoft Touchless and, as an intern at Google, she worked to improve the Google Translate system. She has also worked in finance, at Deutsche Bank, and helped launch several startups — most notably, the video platform Ooyala and Lemon Wallet, an app that replicates the contents of your wallet on your phone.  But for her latest venture, Pesce is looking to inspire. She has opened a school, FazINOVA, which is dedicated to helping students — both in live courses in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and online — persevere toward their dreams. The school has grown tremendously since its establishment in 2013.


Pesce, a TED Fellow, is also the author of three booksThe Brazilian Girl from Silicon Valley, Superheroes: WANTED and The Girl from Silicon Valley 2. She has been named one of the “100 most influential people of Brazil” by Época Magazine.

Bel Pesce is a passionate entrepreneur and founder of FazINOVA, a school that helps people of all ages achieve their dreams. She studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she got Majors in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and Management Science, and got Minors in Economics and Mathematics.

Bel is also an author of three bestselling books: “The Brazilian Girl from Silicon Valley”, “Superheroes: WANTED” and “The Girl from Silicon Valley 2”, the last two available only in Portuguese.

Her books have been downloaded over 2 million times and sold over 100 000 copies. Bel was named one of the “100 most influential people of Brazil” by Epoca Magazine, “30 under 30” by Forbes Magazine, and voted as one of the “10 most admired leaders of Brazil”.

Recently, Bel won the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards, and brought to Brazil for the first time the renowned Cartier award which evaluates projects of entrepreneurial women from all around the world. She is a TED Fellow and frequent speaker, having delivered over 200 talks worldwide

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