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He also said: "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."
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Chris Messina interviewed by FailCon Associate Producer, Diane Loviglio Here's part of an interview from the FailCon archives way back in 2009.
At last, the saga’s over, I’ve been released from terms of confidentiality and I can share the long, strange story of how I first rejected, was eventually persuaded, but ultimately failed to raise a second round of investment capital.
My hope is that by sharing, others can learn from our experience and possibly avoid some of the mistakes, pitfalls and pain we faced...
I wanted to clarify my personal definition of “Luck.” I use the word a lot when describing some of our motivations behind FailCon; that you can’t replicate someone’s success, because a lot of success is luck.
Cassandra Phillipps has been planning startup industry events and conferences for nearly four years, including FailCon, SF MusicTech Summit, Inside Social Apps, Unleashed Talent, and many more.
She works closely with Bay Area founders and executives, helping them develop engaging events, stimulate informative conversations, attract experienced participants, and host a smooth and successful event.
She has a bachelors degree in Human Development from the University of Chicago. In her rare free time, she enjoys costume making and comic book reading.
Originally from Silicon Valley, Roxanne graduated from UCLA and worked for the Invest in France Agency (AFII) for 2 years before moving to France in 2009 to pursue a joint masters degree at Sciences Po Paris and the London School of Economics in International Political Economics.
During her master's program, she became the Editor of TechCrunch France and co-founded Girls in Tech Paris. She recently joined the team at Startupbootcamp, a European startup accelerator with programs in 5 different countries and is also involved in LeBridge, an organization that seeks to connect the entrepreneurial scenes in different European cities.
Roxanne loves innovation and also writes about entrepreneurship in Europe on her personal blog, Techbaguette.com
Failure is success if we learn from it.” Malcolm Forbes once said. But how can we learn from something no one wants to talk about? This is one of the key problems the Brazilian startup community needs to tackle. So why is startup failure still a taboo in Brazil?
The Brazilian entrepreneur Fabio Seixas is an exception. While San Francisco has a whole conference to discuss failure, there is no such thing as FailCon in Brazil. Yet...
Three days ago we launched the Startup Genome Compass, a benchmarking tool for startups and our new research on the primary cause of failure for startups: premature scaling.
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Why our children’s success — and happiness — may depend less on perfect performance than on learning how to deal with failure.
I needed about 18 months after the end of my first company to learn how to effectively pitch our failure.