Almost every success is preceded by being willing to quit something that is not working, potentially suck at a new job, and risk total failure. Mike, who has been in the tech industry for over 20 years and has started four start-ups to date, walks through several examples of quitting, sucking and failing from his [...]
Start-up founders Deep Parekh, Dorian Selz, Daniel Moser and Sebastien Flury all take to the stage together with the director of Business Angels Switzerland Jan Fuelscher and moderator Dania Gerhardt to discuss finance and failure and the personal points of views of investors and entrepreneurs when it comes to funding start-ups. Some points addressed are [...]
Balz Roth, former CEO of skim.com, a fashion label, which he founded together with the Freitag brothers, talks openly about how practically unlimited funding, two flagship stores, a magazine and a major record label partner couldn’t stop the innovative idea behind the label to fail fast. This talk was recorded and edited by Mark Melnykowycz [...]
Dorian Selz started Memonic before the existence of Catch, Evernote and Springpad. However, he and his team soon came face to face with a well-oiled Silicon Valley machine, and it was immediately clear to everyone that Evernote would become the market leader, and that Memonic – manual note taking – would not stand a chance [...]
Mr Parekh’s first venture failed. It took him three years to come to terms with his BFF (big fat failure). Dissecting the failure helped him to drive success in new businesses that he launched. He now repeats the “failure exercise” both at the business level as well as at the project level; understanding why something [...]
About 1 out of 10 VC funded start-ups fail to meet the investors expectations. Only around 3 out of 10 make back the money that was invested in them. The risk involved in creating companies that scale means a very different risk-reward scheme compared to traditional young businesses. Failure is inevitable – but also required. [...]
Jason Goldberg, founder and CEO of Fab.com is passionate about design, and he made the decision to shutdown a prior startup and retooled to follow his passion in Fab.com. In this talk he explains why this bold move was the path to success. Fab.com recently raised a $40 million venture round. Jason spent 2010 building [...]
Episode 3 of Startup Stories takes a long hard look at failure — and explains why failure might just be the most important step towards success if you’re serious about creating a great startup. Thanks to Union Square Ventures, bitly, OKCupid, TechStars and Birchbox for their insight.
Bill Gross, Founder & CEO, Idealab with 20 years of entrepreneurial experience talks about learning from failure and his 12 tips for succeeding.
In this episode, Jay discusses when it’s time to give up on a business. Jay offers his insights based on experiences with a variety of companies.