Failure is not the opposite of success. It is the stepping stone to success. - Arianna Huffington
IInspired by TheMoth, TED & tens of thousands of years of humans telling stories, we're hosting a night of storytelling with Stacklist. And it's all about failing.
Why failure? Because we try to deliver lessons & advice that will help early-stage founders. And there are few richer sources than a failure. We also think that many of you perceive yourselves to be on the verge of failure. Some of you are wrong. Some of you are right. Either way, it's not irrational; the nature of entrepreneurship, startups & small business is risk - & failures, large & small, are inevitable.
So please join us on December 4th for a night of storytelling! And hear from founders about times they've failed as entrepreneurs & the lessons they've learned from it. You'll leave with advice & inspiration to help you on your own entrepreneurial journey!
Nina Simon is Founder & CEO of OF/BY/FOR ALL, a global nonprofit SAAS startup working with 50 organizations in 9 countries. OF/BY/FOR ALL provides tools, coaching, & community to help organizations become more relevant, inclusive, & resilient. Prior to founding OF/BY/FOR ALL, Nina ran the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, where she led a dramatic turnaround & 10x growth rooted in community involvement. Nina is the best-selling author of The Participatory Museum (2010) & The Art of Relevance (2016). She has been named an Ashoka fellow, a museum visionary by Smithsonian Magazine, & a Silicon Valley Business Journal 40 under 40. Nina lives off the grid in Santa Cruz, CA with 20 people, 24 chickens, 3 dogs, & 1 zipline.
Keenan D. Williams is Co-founder & President of REZI (W17). REZI helps landlords find high quality, long-term tenants in 48 hours. They use proprietary technology, analytical tools & financial products to improve the rental experience for landlords & tenants alike. Prior to launching REZI, Keenan was the AVP at Auction, where he worked on partnerships to finance CRE acquisitions.
Dan Reich is Founder of TULA & Co-founder & CEO of Troops, a health & beauty brand that has created the world's first probiotic technology for topical application. In 2014, they launched exclusively with QVC. He has led the company as active CEO from inception to over $1mm in sales in less than one year. In March 2015, Dan co-founded Troops, a venture-backed technology company that is building a mobile-first, intelligent CRM. In early 2015 he was also selected to receive an Early Career Award by a vote of the College of Engineering Leadership Council at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Dan has started & been involved with companies that have collectively raised over $100M in venture capital & have exited for close to $1B in M&A, including companies like Buddy Media, Spinback & Lotame. As a result, he has extensive experience in startups, technology, business operations, financing, management, & scaling large teams.
Nick Gray is the Founder of Museum Hack, a company of actors & educators who give renegade tours at some of the best museums in the world. He recently sold a majority of the company for a 7-figure exit using seller financing. Gray is a former techie. He doesn't come from an arts background, & he claims to hate most museums. His company Museum Hack has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, & Newsweek. Nick was named The Best by his mother in 2015, 2016, & 2017 (runner-up).