At her Harvard commencement speech, "Harry Potter" author JK Rowling offers some powerful, heartening advice to dreamers and overachievers, including one hard-won lesson that she deems "worth more than any qualification I ever earned."...
Dolphin Browser at FailCon. by Alex Molloy on October 27th, 2011. Thank you FailCon 2011 for having us! Here is a couple of pictures of the Dolphin team demo-ing. To check out more pictures of the conference click here.
MySpace might be the most successful venture that’s ever been called a failure. Founded in 2003 by Chris DeWolfe and Tom Anderson, the social network got big -- for years it was the largest social network in the world -- and it got bought.
As the co-founder of Daisy Systems, the founding CEO of Sun Microsystems, a general partner at Kleiner Perkins and the founder of Khosla Ventures, there are few men who appear to have failed less than the legendary Vinod Khosla.
Today's FailCon conference in San Francisco focuses on what it takes to fail -- successfully. The event celebrates ventures that flopped in the hopes that attendees learn to see failure as a step on the road to success.
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Talking to TWiT's Leo Laporte and Sarah Lane at LeWeb today, Digg's founder Kevin Rose noted that he made lots of mistakes while he was still in charge.
Among other things, he acknowledged having a problem with the Digg community which became very vocal at some points, not letting the founder pursue their vision, something Michael Arrington gave Rose some blame on TechCrunch (http://tcrn.ch/c7R0aX )
"On Monday, the annual entrepreneur-focused conference, FailCon, took place in San Francisco, to a near sold-out crowd. I was fortunate enough to attend a couple of panels, and two workshops, one of which left me with a spark of an idea (check out a design firm) the other which shed light on a much-opined and passionate interest of mine (customer satisfaction and how to achieve it). All in all, it was one of the best spent afternoons I have had in my conference-going days – on both sides of the table. (Trade show table, that is!)
Here are some key take aways for me, from the sessions I attended"
my takeaway from one of the most unusual and open conferences on how to make start-ups successful (by not doing what these guys did to fail) (Great lessons @dominiqueAOC picked up @failcon - @ebloch @kbmdv @joegebbia get special shout-outs
As founder and CEO of MySpace, Chris DeWolfe created a giant, growing the social network from inception through its purchase by NewsCorp, and beyond. Now, as CEO of Mindjolt, he's applying the lessons learned from his time at MySpace and entering the crowded game space. In this session, Chris will discuss his experiences at MySpace, how those are helping him build MindJolt, and his advice for rising founders.
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