Lisa Messenger is the vibrant CEO of The Messenger Group, as well as founder and editor-in-chief of The Collective magazine – an entrepreneurial lifestyle magazine distributed into over 37 countries with a mandate to disrupt, challenge and inspire.
Lisa has authored and co-authored over a dozen books and become an authority in the start-up scene and The Messenger Group has custom published more than 400 books for companies and individuals.
Lisa charted her rollercoaster ride to success in best-selling book Daring & Disruptive; unleashing the entrepreneur and its sequel Life & Love, and launched her latest, Money & Mindfulness in October last year.
With fans including Sir Richard Branson, New York Times Best-selling author Bradley Trevor Grieve, and a social media following of over 100,000, we are thrilled to conclude our In Her Shoes Women In Business Summer Series with the game-changing #girlboss.
Firstly, let’s get the facts:
NAME: Lisa Messenger
BUSINESS: Collective Hub
LOCATION: Surry Hills, Sydney
YEAR LAUNCHED: 2013
Q: What gave you confidence at the start to dive in and build your company?
I started my first company 14 years ago and how I felt then is very different to when I started Collective Hub two and a half years ago. But one commonality has definitely been when I have reached a pain point – in the case of the Collective I was frustrated with existing media and wanted something extraordinary and inspirational for the entrepreneurial community. No one else was doing it, so I just jumped in and learnt as I went.
Q: What has been one of the biggest challenges you’ve faced since launch and what lessons came from the experience?
Cash flow without a doubt. The print magazine is now in 37 countries and our growth has been phenomenal so cash flowing the growth is a daily challenge. We overcome this continuously by thinking differently and creating new revenue streams which still sit within the overall vision.
Q: How important is following your intuition in your business?
95% of my decisions are based on gut and intuition. This has been honed over 14 years in business (and lots of failures and lessons along the way)
Q: What is the key piece of advice you would provide others starting out?
Fail Fast, then move onto the next idea.
Q: How does it feel to look back on what you have accomplished so far and know you have developed your own path?
It feels pretty extraordinary but if my life and that of the Collective was a book (which it is rapidly becoming) we would be on page one, paragraph one. This is just the start of an extremely big global vision.
For more from Lisa check out her range of best-selling books here.
Image of Lisa Messenger courtesy of Collective Hub