Stop being afraid of failure and start embracing it.
FailCon is a one-day conference for entrepreneurs, investors, developers, designers, and even "corporate america" to study their own and others' failures and prepare for success.
We all have founded, worked for or invested in startups that have failed. We're smart, we keep up with the latest in technology trends, but sometimes just don't go as planned. How can you predict what will work and what won't? Well, you can't.
But that doesn't mean you should stop trying. It just means you should start exchanging stories of what didn't work and how you pivoted, why you couldn't raise money, what the wrong hires were like, and when you decided it was time to let go. Entrepreneurs need to hear that from each other: that it's okay to fail, it doesn't mean you're worthless. You're just like the rest of us, learning from our making mistakes and building something bigger next time.
FailCon was started in 2009 by Cass Phillipps in San Francisco, an event planner for startup events and Diane Loviglio, a founder of a cleantech startup.
They both produced or attended numerous events for the technology industry, but had begun to realize things were starting to get repetitive. Events put successful entrepreneurs on stage to talk about how they made their company great, something that's near-impossible to replicate, and never about what they learned from mistakes along the way. Their first event launched with over 400 attendees, and they
have continued to grow since then.
Failure is still a taboo topic all over the world, but FailCon is working to change that one city at a time. FailCon has expanded to several global cities and Charlotte will be the first US city outside of San Francisco to host FailCon.
Additionally, Finland has claimed October 13th as the International Day of Failure!
For real success to happen, a candid discussion and authentic learning from failure is critical.
We have lined up a great group of speakers…all with different perspectives and experiences with failure.
We hope you will join us for what will truly be a fun learning day!
Who Are The FailCon Charlotte Producers?
Teresa (Terry) Thorson Cox, Executive Producer
President & CEO, Business Innovation & Growth (BIG)
BIG is a non-profit membership organization, founded in 2006, and comprised of like minded high growth entrepreneurial
companies in this region who share similar challenges in growing their businesses. We provide education, content, and best practices
for a growth oriented company as well as access to resources and capital. The value of BIG is the peer to peer exchange that develops from being in the group.