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If you’re attending FailFest for the first time this year, you’re in for a real treat. At last year’s FailFest—the inaugural fest!—we had a great number of speakers tell us about some of their trials and tribulations as business leaders, and the way they learned lessons after experiencing failure.
This year, you’ll hear plenty more lessons learned, and the ways successful entrepreneurs have led their businesses through failures, but what did we learn last year?
Last year’s list of speakers included some of Indy’s best known entrepreneurs, including the following:
- • David Becker - First Internet Bank
- • Michael Cloran - DeveloperTown
- • Eric Doden - Indiana Economic Development Corporation
- • Gerry Hayes - Slane Capitol
- • Scott Hill - PERQ
- • Scott Jones - Eleven Fifty
- • Mike Langellier - TechPoint
- • Andy Medley - PERQ
- • Clay Robinson - Sun King Brewing Company
- • Neal Rothermel - VMS BioMarketing
- • Jacob Schpok - Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship
- • Peter Shubert, Pd.D., P.E. - IUPUI School of Engineering and Technology
- • Shawn Schwegman - Gusto
From a wide array of backgrounds, all of these speakers learned valuable lessons about what it means to fail. The most important lesson overall is one that they all seemed to share: you will fail, but if you learn from the failure, you will head right back up.
Our inaugural FailFest was full of failure and was a great success, and we can’t wait for this one to be bigger, better and fail-ier!Written by our sponsor Metonymy Media. Metonymy is a union of creative writers dedicated to serving companies and agencies with practical and effective content marketing strategies for growth and success.
Launch Fishers recently received international recognition from the International Economic Development Council for FailFest 2014 and the supportive role the event plays in advancing innovation and entrepreneurship.
FailFest 2015 includes an all-new list of speakers headlined by Jim Hallett, Scott McCorkle and a host of other top entrepreneurial leaders. Hallett is Chairman and CEO of KAR Auction Services and was named national EY Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014. McCorkle serves as CEO, Marketing Cloud, Salesforce and previously led technology and strategy for ExactTarget and was VP of IBM’s customer relationship management product group.
“The turnout for our inaugural event in 2014 was so amazing that we decided on the spot it needed to be an annual event,” said John Wechsler, Founder and CEO of Launch Fishers. “Moving the event to Tom Wood Aviation at the Indianapolis Metro Airport in Fishers will add an extra twist of excitement this year.”
Full list of speakers this year includes: Jim Brown formerly of Haven, John McDonald of CloudOne, Scotty Wise of Scotty’s Brewhouse, Financial Commentator Pete “The Planner” Dunn , Chris Byers of Formstack, Santiago Jaramillo of Bluebridge Digital, Brand Coach Thaddeus Rex, Jason Tennenhouse of 10 IN HOUSE Strategy & Design, Katie Culp of KSM Location Advisors, revenue and go-to-market expert Jenny Vance, Dante Ventresca of Theater of Inclusion, Brad Wisler of Sproutbox, Gabe Connell of Hotbox Pizza, Dr. Allen Bourff of HSE Schools, Jay Love of Bloomerang, Jim Hallett of KAR Auction Services, Dave Wortman of Diagnotes, Bobby Logan of K12 Mobility, Danielle McDowell of The Speakeasy, Ellen Rosenthal of Conner Prairie, Anderson Schoenrock of Memory Ventures and Scott McCorkle of Salesforce Marketing Cloud.
“Like every good startup, CloudOne has experienced many failures, including at least two potentially catastrophic ones. I can’t wait to share that story at FailFest and, more importantly, how these failures directly led to our explosive growth and customer success," said John McDonald, CEO of CloudOne.
Early bird ticket pricing is available now at $79.00. Advance sale general admission tickets will be $99.00 and at-the-door sales will be $129.00. Tickets are now available at FailFest.us.
FailFest is produced & presented by Launch Fishers and sponsored by Taft Stettinius & Hollister, Elevate Ventures, Launch Indiana, Indiana Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Indiana Small Business Development Center, Visit Hamilton County, Invest Hamilton County, The City of Fishers, AT&T and Metonymy Media.
About Launch Fishers:
Launch Fishers is a launch pad for high-potential enterprises located in Fishers, Indiana. Created by John Wechsler in conjunction with the City of Fishers in 2012, Launch Fishers has grown to 530 members in a wide array of industries and ranging from startup to expansion-stage companies. More at LaunchFishers.com.
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Fishers, IN 46038
Launch Indiana SBDC is heading to MatchBOX in Lafayette for our July 25 bootcamp.
MatchBOX Coworking Studio opened on April 11 and has already reached its two-year membership goal! MatchBOX is a nonprofit venture that draws together creative people pursuing new ideas. Space is flexible and includes 15 reserved, flexible desks, and room for about 150 others to work in open areas. The collaborative shared space accommodates everything from independent work stations to useful conference rooms.
Ashley Scott is the operations manager at MatchBOX. “Since our grand opening on April 11 we have blazed past our two year membership goal of 50 members, launched #FoodTruckFriday’s at MatchBOX as a community engagement initiative, started preliminary work on our K12 outreach, welcomed new sponsors to the MatchBOX family, and hosted the first of many “Meet the Members” mixers where community members get a glimpse of what life is like Coworking within the space.”
Wabash National Corp. recently gained naming rights to the workbench space, now called the “Wabash National Lab.” Harbor Freight Tools will be stocking the Wabash National Lab with everything from small hand tools, to large and useful prototyping equipment. The Wabash National Lab will also feature a 3D Printer and a laser cutter among other supplies.
MatchBOX is part of the Indiana Coworking Passport that allows members of a participating space to cowork at a participating space in Indiana one day a month.
MatchBOX will host The Branding Thing bootcamp on July 25.
Join Jeanette Thebeau and Peter Lockhart for an entertaining breakdown of that little word with the big meaning--BRANDING. The afternoon will provide entrepreneurs with actionable advice for positioning their company and products and developing their brand; examine strategies for creating an impactful identify and a consistent voice; and then we'll tie it all together and talk about how to use it. Click here for more information and to register.
By Cathy Langlois, Launch Fishers Program Director
This is an exciting time for the Terre Haute startup scene. Our March road trip crew, made up of Launch Fishers, TechPoint, and ISBDC leaders, made a stop in Terre Haute to get a first-hand tour of the initiatives coming together to make Terre Haute a hub of startup activity.
Launch Terre Haute is Wabash Valley's first and only co-work space with a goal of creating and encouraging an environment of open collaboration. The co-working space is located above the Corner Grind, at the intersection of 7th and Wabash. While in the beginning stages of development, the main workspace provides an open and collaborative workspace for freelancers, independents, and start-ups. If you want to work with a few people or get help on a code problem, you can move the desks around to create just the right configuration. A breakout room is available for brainstorming or collaborating with a group.
Launch Terre Haute will open in early June and is open to anyone in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. From creative and technical types who are launching their startup to entrepreneurial service providers and corporate types planning their escape — anyone with a desire to contribute to the world of entrepreneurship is welcome! Launch Terre Haute also collaborates with other groups such as Verge Indy, Launch Fishers and Launch Indiana, to create synergies that foster a statewide effort of entrepreneurism and innovation.
The annual membership is just $399. If you want a dedicated workspace of your own, that is an additional $150 per month. Follow @LaunchTH or checkout their website Launch Terre Haute.
Launch Indiana's first bootcamp will be held at Launch Terre Haute
Launch Indiana will hold a bootcamp in Terre Haute on May 14th. Kyle Shipley will lead the bootcamp focused on the lean movement. Join us as innovation driven entrepreneurs connect in Terre Haute! Register for the bootcamp here.
The future of entrepreneurship and business is dependent on multiple factors, including changing technology, cost of business, and leadership skills. Jason Nazar, a Forbes columnist, highlights five ways the future will look different in the entrepreneurship world. His predictions include:
-The workforce will be 50 percent distributed
-Two out of five U.S. workers will be entrepreneurs
-The office will be the classroom
-Entrepreneurs will be engineers
-The most critical aspects of business will always be completed face to face
Nazar believes the business world is dramatically different even from a generation ago and thinks it will be more pronounced over the next 30 years.
For Nazar's full presentation, watch the video below.