Filip Valica is a mechanical engineer.
I blame it on a broken toy truck I rescued from a dumpster when I was 5 years old I replaced its missing axle for a rusty bolt and “repaired” it myself!
This planted the seeds of curiosity and self-dependance that shape me today.
For the past 12 years, I’ve worked for a range of companies – small businesses to corporations with more than 300,000 employees. I’ve designed, tested, prototyped, and brought to market products in the oil and gas, subsea, and emergency vehicle industries.
Along with my mom, I immigrated to the United States from Czechoslovakia when I was 7 years old. We carried two suitcases and $80 in cash and left behind all of our family.
Our journey and success in the United States are proof that it’s possible to create our own luck through hard work.
At an early age, I became the “man of the house” and was responsible for home maintenance and do-it-yourself projects around the house. This continued after college, when I pooled my savings, borrowed money from close friends, bought an inhabitable foreclosure and spent 2 years to make it livable.
My mom worked 2 jobs to provide for us and I saw how a lack money or benefits created stress. So I worked hard in my career and was paid well my wife and I lived relatively stress-free lives.
As each year passed, my safe career fulfilled me even less. I struggled to drive in every morning because I felt that I wasn't making enough of an impact with my life.
After our daughter was born I couldn't sleep. I pictured myself sending her off to college, still talking about how one day I would do my own thing
In between diaper changes and bottle feedings, I built The Product Startup to answer questions my friends were already asking. I wanted to give back in my own way.
You're curious. You have questions and ideas. You know that there is a better, more efficient, easier, or safer way.
Whether you’re just starting with an idea or are already selling a product, I am committed to helping you using the lessons I've learned along the way.
By doing it yourself, it's easier for you to decide when, and where, to get the help you need. You’re the boss you have the freedom to change your approach anytime.
I love what I do and I will use my passion to help you get there.
Ultimately, we build our own successes, one step at a time.