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When Startups Fail (March 25, 2014)

There are LOTs of startup events with speakers eager to share their harrowing stories of success and advice on how you can get there too.  This isn’t one of them.

Successful startups and their founders are lauded by the press, admired by their peers and envied by those yet to attain that all-to-elusive exit.  But the harsh reality is that the vast majority of startups will never see success.  The data is tough: 90% – 95% of startups fail.  Success requires a lot of things to go right and the margins for error are often very slim.

Translation: almost every startup entrepreneur is going to experience one or more failures and many (most) will never taste success.  Not a happy thought.

Since coping with the issues of a failed startup is just shy of inevitable for just about every founder, there is value in gaining insight into what other founders have learned as they handled their own failures — how a founder copes with a failure can have a great influence on their chances for success on the next venture.

Four Seattle entrepreneurs have stepped up to share insights from coping with their own startup failures.

Phil Gordon Keith Smith TA McCann
Phil Gordon, Founder, Jawfish Games Keith Smith, Founder, BigDoor Media TA McCann, Founder, Rival IQ Nick Hughes, Founder, Seconds

The format will be a panel discussion followed by lots of Q&A.

3:00 – 3:45: arrival and networking

3:45 – 4:30: panel discussion

4:30 – 5:15: Q&A

5:15 – 5:30: closing remarks


Thanks to our sponsors for this event.  Please say thanks when you see them.