Dubai to host FailCon startup conference
Dubai, June 17, 2014
A startup conference for entrepreneurs, investors, developers, designers and corporates to study their own and others' failures and prepare for success will be the focus for the upcoming UAE’s first edition of Silicon Valley based FailCon.
FailCon is being organised July 3 at Innovation 360’s “The Cribb” co-working space in Dubai.
FailCon Dubai is one of the series of FailCon events that happen in many cities across the world. The event attracts entrepreneurs, technologists, investors and corporates to learn about the stumbles and failures one comes across during the course of their venture or career and the ways to avoid or overcome them.
FailCon sends a message that failure is not a bad thing and encourages the speakers to share their experience with others.
Some of the speakers sharing their stories in the Dubai edition include Amir Yazdanpanah- COO of VoiceTrust, Ambareen Musa – founder of Souqalmal, Omar Soudodi- MD of PayFort, Dany El Eid- founder of Pixelbug and Ahmed Al Kiremli of Games Corner.
"I don't mind failing, but if we succeed, it'd better be worth succeeding." said Vinod Khosla, the venture capitalist and businessman in one of the FailCon events, expressing his love to talk about his failures.
“Look for people who critique you. Examine failure modes. Collect all the ways you might fail and build contingency plans."
With many corporate bodies along with the support of the government, Dubai is emerging as one of the hot beds of entrepreneurship in the MENA region and FailCon Dubai will be an ideal conference where the budding entrepreneurs can learn about things they will come across in their journey and ways to overcome these challenges from those who have experienced firsthand.
FailCon Dubai also gives an opportunity for startups in this region to demo their product at the event. Startups can apply for the demo on the FailCon Dubai Website.
FailCon was started in 2009 by Cass Phillipps, an event planner for startup events and Diane Loviglio, a founder of a cleantech startup. The Dubai event is being produced by Gautham N and Mahboob Imtiyaz who are co-founders of KarmaSnap, A startup based in this region.
Through FailCon, Cass and her co-organisers hope to change the global opinion of failure. Founders and investors alike tend to shy away from discussions on failure. But the lifestyle of an entrepreneur is wrought with small failures and mistakes. FailCon gives people a platform to share these lessons learned in a safe and productive environment, said organisers. – TradeArabia News Service