FailCon, the First Conference on the Follies and Pitfalls of Building a Business, Returns October 25

Oct 07, 2010, 14:25 ET from FailCon

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- More startups in Silicon Valley means more bruised egos, broken hearts, and empty bank accounts, but we can laugh about it now at FailCon 2010. On Monday, October 25 in San Francisco at the Hotel Kabuki, the startup survivors—entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and the network who supports their ambitions—will gather and share war stories.



Silicon Valley has long felt the sting of failed ventures, yet before 2009, no forum existed to discuss what went wrong. FailCon Executive Producer Cass Phillipps and Associate Producer Diane Loviglio envisioned an entirely new technology conference where veteran and budding entrepreneurs could share their challenges and best practices. NBC called the first FailCon a "breath of fresh air," and Wired labeled it a "big success."

This year, FailCon introduces hands-on workshops, and welcomes industry leaders Jay Adelson (former CEO of Digg and co-founder of Revision3), author Steve Blank, Heather Champ (expert community manager), and New York Times technology columnist David Pogue to help attendees avoid failure and pursue success.

"With the economy looking a little better than it did last year, we've returned to help remind everyone that sh*t happens, so we might as well face it with a professional smile," explains Phillipps. "I've just attended too many events that regurgitate the same success stories over and over. I realized I can't do what those people did right – that takes a lot of luck, too. But I definitely can avoid the things they did wrong. So why aren't they talking more about that?"

FailCon features expert speakers from every aspect of company development, ranging from CEOs to designers, investors to community managers. Addressing the topics that matter most to startups, FailCon's speakers will discuss navigating an exit, online privacy, branding, SEO, digital communications, investor perspectives, community management, and much more.

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