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What Happened at Last Year’s FailFest?

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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.

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A panel discussion during FailFest 2014

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!

For more information about FailFest 2015 or for tickets, visit failfest.us.  

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5 Things We Learned at the 2015 Indiana Coworking Passport Summit

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The second annual Indiana Coworking Passport Summit (ICPS) took place last week here at Launch Fishers. The ICPS serves to bring together teams from each of the 32 coworking spaces on the Indiana Coworking Passport for best practices exchanges and networking. The day was filled with speakers like Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann and Gerry Dick, but we also learned a lot from entrepreneurs like Matt Wyatt of Recovery Force. The day was full of insight that we can all learn from, despite our role in the coworking world. We highlight some of our favorite bits below.

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Coworking breeds “healthy distractions”

Matt Wyatt spoke on the ways coworking has contributed to the success of his company, Recovery Force.

Matt talked about the way that conversation as a distraction in a standard work environment can be unhealthy for the business and be counter-productive. But conversation as a distraction in a coworking space can lead to new ideas and new connections.

“This type of environment lends itself to healthy discussion when it’s appropriate,” Matt said.

 

“We’re all smarter than any of us”

If we had given an award for “Best Quote of the Day” it would have gone to Jason Tennenhouse, co-founder of MatchBOX Coworking Studio. Jason led the best practices workshop along with Launch Fishers founder, John Wechsler.

“We’re all smarter than any of us,” Jason said to kick-off the best practices session.

And how right he is. The summit allowed the brains behind coworking spaces to collaborate on ways to improve services provided to members and, as a result, propel the entrepreneurial culture being created in Indiana.

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John Wechsler and Jason Tennenhouse

 

Indiana is becoming home to more and more tech companies

Gerry Dick of Inside INdiana Business spoke to the attendees about the growth of tech companies in Indiana. The list was impressive!  He rattled of the names of growing tech companies that were started here in Indiana as well as companies that have moved their headquarters to Indiana from San Francisco and companies expanding from New York City and Chicago to Indiana. If you questioned the growth of tech in our state before Gerry’s talk, there was no questioning it afterward.

 

The state and its support of entrepreneurship

Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann spoke on the state’s support of entrepreneurship and fielded questions from the audience. It was easy to sense her enthusiasm for small business.  “If we’re going to have the success that this state can have, then efforts like this are needed,” she said.

BONUS: Check out the map of coworking spaces and incubators around the state on the ISBDC website here. 

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Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann

 

It’s “Coworking” not “Co-working”

Last, but certainly not least, we decided to put an end to the “coworking” vs. “co-working” debate. The group decided the word “coworking” should always be spelled without the hyphen. So take this as your official invitation to jump on the “coworking” bandwagon!

 

To learn more about the Indiana Coworking Passport, check out the website here.