(Photo by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier)
Failure is unfailingly part of the startup experience. And as we at Technical.ly like to say, that’s ok as long as you take the time to learn, constructively, from that failure.
Enter Founder’s Failings, a new #dctech event series at which a room full of founders “learn from each other’s mistakes, create an open forum of ideas, and, of course, enjoy plenty of free drinks.”
The group is a strictly pitch-free environment in which a founder takes the stage, shares a current challenge and then the others in the room collaborate to brainstorm and discuss potential solutions.
The group’s next event is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 9, at WeWork Manhattan Laundry and will discuss the “pitfalls (and benefits) of being a young founder working with friends and family.”
With people running down the halls, taking calls, and rushing to meetings I quickly realized that our shared office space had something to offer: collective knowledge. Cumulatively, there are hundreds of thousands of hours of knowledge from founders who have failed, who have succeeded, or who through late hours (and that painful, gripping loneliness of your friends and family thinking that you’re either insane or drinking margaritas on the beach because you “own a company”) are on the edge of a major breakthrough. However, it’s hard to find the time to sit and collaborate and work together and mentor each other.
But I wanted that. Desperately. Not people selling to each other, but rather people helping people for the sake of a stronger community. And out of that thought, Founders’ Failings was born.
Sound like something you’ve been wanting too?