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Where founders, investors, designers & developers can study failures and prepare for success
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Inspiring Quote I love..

Inspiring Quote I love.. | FailCon | Scoop.it

"Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better."
Samuel Beckett

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Lack of Focus - from past demo @WeMakeItSafe

Lack of Focus - from past demo @WeMakeItSafe | FailCon | Scoop.it

"When Cass asked if I would be willing to write a post for FailCon, I was honored and pleased to oblige. WeMakeItSafer was part of the very first FailCon..."

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Did you know CA business failure rate is 69% higher than other states?

Did you know CA business failure rate is 69% higher than other states? | FailCon | Scoop.it
Did you know CA business failure rate is 69% higher than other states? BizTechDay writer Luanne explores why - and gives FailCon 2011 a shout out!The Golden State of Failures?
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Passing Green to Demo at Failcon in San Francisco

Passing Green has been invited to demo at the Failcon conference in San Francisco on October 24th. Failcon is a one day conference for technology entrepeneurs, investors, developers and designers to study their own and others' failures and prepare for success. Failcon features speakers from all over the tech industry coming from companies such as Google, UserVoice and AirBnB. This is an exciting opportunity to take Passing Green into the heart of Silicon Valley and see how we stack up with the entrepreneurial elite of today. By demoing we also have an opportunity to come away with some great prizes as well. So here's to Failcon and wish us luck. We'll keep you posted.

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The 10 Mistakes I've made...so you don't have to

10 things I’ve done wrong...so you don’t have to.

Via Cédric Giorgi
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How I Screwed Up

"In Silicon Valley, admitting you screwed up isn't just part of the culture. It's a conference. FailCon organizer Cassandra Phillips finds successful people and, like an AA meeting, gets them to talk about how they've failed. FailCon takes place for the third year running in San Francisco this month. Here, speakers share their angst."

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» Why Do Some People Learn Faster?

» Why Do Some People Learn Faster? | FailCon | Scoop.it
Do we ignore mistakes, brushing them aside for the sake of our self-confidence? Or do we investigate the errors, seeking to learn from the snafus? The latter approach, suggests a series of studies, could make you learn faster.
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FailCon goes international – First stop: Paris, France | Silicon Maniacs

FailCon goes international – First stop: Paris, France | Silicon Maniacs | FailCon | Scoop.it

The culture of failure has changed a lot in the startup world over the past few years, and a lot of credit must go to Cass Phillipps, who started FailCon in San Francisco in 2009. With this conference, Entrepreneurs began talking about their failures, and Entrepreneurs began learning from others’ mistakes. While it is undeniable that to fail should be avoided, there is something to be said about recognizing your mistakes and learning from them. And with that in mind, FailCon has begun expanding, with its first international stop being in Paris, France.

Having hosted an unofficial FailCon back in January, Roxanne Varza was the first to admit that French entrepreneurs are not the best at talking about their failures. I recall speaking with a prominent French entrepreneur about the possibility of getting into a new project, and his response was “I will only jump into the project if I know it will succeed.” Nonetheless, there was no lack of volunteers to speak about their failures and struggles openly and with pride.

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Geeks Uncensored - Cass Phillips & Diane Loviglio - FailCon 10'

FailCon 2010 the mecca of some industry fail stories that inspires others to learn from mistakes to be successful. You have to fail to learn how to succeed.

Founders and Producers of FailCon, Cass Philips and Diane Loviglio, lets us in on the history of how FailCon came together and some info on the next upcoming FailChat.

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FailCon 2011 Tickets at Hotel Kabuki, 10/24/2011

FailCon 2011 Tickets at Hotel Kabuki, 10/24/2011 | FailCon | Scoop.it

"FailCon 2011
In 2009, with surpassed all expectations of what a show on failure could do, attracting incredible speakers like Mark Pincus, Max Levchin, Sandy Jen, Max Ventilla, and more!
In 2010, we made headlines, getting onto the front page of the SF Chronicle Business Section, in the San Jose Mercury News, in Wired, and in TechCrunch . Over 450 founders, developers, investors, and service providers joined us to learn from one another's mistakes and struggles. Speakers included David Pogue, Jay Adelson, Heather Champ, Paul Buchheit, Steve Blank, Esther Dyson, and dozens more.
In 2011, we plan to reach over 600 attendees in 3 difference cities throughout the year, all to culminate in the best FailCon yet."

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Cuil Founder (And Former Googler) Anna Patterson

Cuil Founder (And Former Googler) Anna Patterson | FailCon | Scoop.it

First Speaker of the day : Anna Patterson on the Cuil Adventure. 


More on Cuil here.

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Kabam Co-Founder Holly Liu Talks Early Startup Failures

Kabam Co-Founder Holly Liu Talks Early Startup Failures | FailCon | Scoop.it

"Holly Liu co-founded Kabam, a Google Ventures -funded social gaming startup that today employs over 400 across offices in San Francisco and Redwood City (California), Beijing (China), and Luxembourg.

 

..The funny thing about failure is when we look back, the great entrepreneurs will try to extract the full tuition from the failure and figure out how to move to the next step."


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Bone Marrow Donor Drive at FailCon

In the past month, two awesome designers, one named Amit, one named Carin were diagnosed with Leukemia.  I know them both and I want to help.  So here’s the plan.
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FI: Failure is an Option: Interviews on Failure Lessons Learned

FI: Failure is an Option: Interviews on Failure Lessons Learned | FailCon | Scoop.it
The Founder Institute is a global network of startups and mentors that helps entrepreneurs launch meaningful and enduring technology companies through a four month incubation program.
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What if the Secret to Success Is Failure?

What if the Secret to Success Is Failure? | FailCon | Scoop.it
Why our children’s success — and happiness — may depend less on perfect performance than on learning how to deal with failure.

Via Anthony Armstrong
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ballou » pr - FailCon

"On September 22nd, FailCon held its inaugural conference in Paris at the Microsoft campus. Technology entrepreneurs, investors, developers and designers shared their stories of failure and gave advice on how best to prepare for success. Panel topics included ‘Failure and Agility’, ‘5 Entrepreneurial Myths’, ‘When Product Development Fails’, ‘Funding: When It Helps and Hinders’, and most importantly, ‘Preparing for Bankruptcy’.
One of the great speakers on the day was a 19-year-old Portuguese entrepreneur, Ricardo Sousa, who started up his own company called Cortiza, a website where you can “organise your notes with joy”. At the end of his presentation, he summed up his entire experience in one sentence: “F*ck titles, have a mission and be yourself.” If you were following the tweets during his presentation, you would have seen one from @ArnaudADAM which summed up what the whole audience was thinking: “I am learning from a 19-year-old boy. That hurts! #failcon”.

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Ethan Bloch, Flowtown, on Developing Too Long

Ethan Bloch, Flowtown, on Developing Too Long | FailCon | Scoop.it
Executive Producer Cass Phillipps took a moment to chat with speaker Ethan Bloch on what he felt one of the mistakes Flowtown made in it’s early development.
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Color And Cuil Headline FailCon Event

Color And Cuil Headline FailCon Event | FailCon | Scoop.it

"Coming up October 24 in San Francisco is the next FailCon -- a conference that celebrates failure and its lessons -- much like Silicon Valley where more than 90% of ventures fail.

The organizers Cass Phillipps and Diane Loviglio just added Bill Nguyen, (above) founder of Color - (A $41m Bet On A Radical Social Mobile App - SVW).

Also on the agenda Cuil, Mohr Davidow Ventures, and more.."

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An evening with LeLoop, a French Hacker Space

An evening with LeLoop, a French Hacker Space | FailCon | Scoop.it
Yesterday evening I had the pleasure of walking around Paris with Cass Phillipps and Sarah Prevette. A few blocks into our walk, an intern from Ballou PR ran up and said “you’re Cass Phillipps...
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