Entrepreneurship - want to Win? You have to Fail first
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Just back from a weekend in Pittsburgh (go Steelers) - amazing city 🏈 🥃 🚴♀️ 🚡 - Lantern fly dodging was less fun 🪰 😬, but you can’t have it all! 🤷♀️
On the plane back, I was listening to Pivot (a tech podcast with Kara Swisher - amazing journalist, and Scott Galloway - Professor of marketing / Entrepreneur). The conversation turned to failure. It was Sooo refreshing...
🏆 Failing is winning in disguise
📸 Event re-cap
💬 Community Convo’s in Slack / WhatsApp
📆 Upcoming TKS Events
🙋♀️ Member Shout outs, asks and wins
🗽 Events across NYC
😰 Tips on How to fail, if you want to win
…continuing from above.
Scott Galloway is successful (Google him), yet when it comes to winning - eg elections, he was a failure! I mean - everything he ran for he lost (4 class president elections in a row to be exact).
But then… he goes on to become hugely successful. Using these skills, learnings, and the strength it gave him, to build numerous companies, advising corporations across the globe, being a respected academic. It got me thinking…
Far too often, they are positioned as negative. As an end point, something to avoid at all costs 🏃♀️😰.
Instead of simply a fork in the road, that is leading us to something better 💪
Entrepreneurship is all about failing….
Fail to find product market fit (but could you pivot? ⤴️)
Fail to raise funds (but what about grants, loans, a diff’ approach?💰)
Fail to make “that hire” (there’s always another candidate🙋🏾♂️)
Fail to land the big client (but the next could be be bigger ☎️ )
Fail to take a risk (and then you jump 🤬)
Fail to make a profit (review what’s driving your expenses 💸 )
FAIL TO TRY…., (then frankly on this one - here’s the door 🚪)
The only way to win, is to fail first. If you aren’t failing - how do you know how far you can get? How big the opportunity really is?
What will this test help me understand?
How will this conversation help me achieve my objectives?
How can i use these insights to build a stronger business?
Failure should be on your terms
Is it an end? Or, an opportunity to learn?
Don’t let others frame it for you. 💪
Now, on with the show! And as always, thank you for being here.
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ps - #FailFest is October 16th - when did you last fail? Or was it really a win in disguise? A coworking day designed to share openly the struggles we’ve faced, and how the unexpected was quite often just around the corner.
Tickets include 1:1 coaching sessions to boost your startup 🚀. RSVP
Aug 9th, was another amazing coworking day. 🏆
Thanks again to our incredible hosts The Yard, Columbus Circle ❤️, and our visiting experts Jonathan Bailie Strong - aka the #VirtualAssistantGuru and Katie Dunn - the fundraising 🚀 , who so kindly donated their time to the group.
Not been to one of our events? Or just want to reminisce, then the photo and video maestro Sean Pfarr or Innovent Agency produced the amazing highlights reel below - starring the famous “Naughty Gus Barrett” (IYKYK)🐕🦺
Pictures more your thing? Then head to Linkedin for your viewing pleasure.
Helping friends - the following talented folks are on the job hunt…
Paraic Mclean - Digital & product marketer - Impressive at managing community, newsletter strategy and product-led communications / social media. Also a budding wine influencer.
Bernardo Montes - Author, researcher & Script writer - If you've seen Slidebean's Startup videos on YT - he's the researcher and writer behind the scene.
Emilio Brenes - Full-stack engineer. His ability to think of user-problems & ownership was exceptional.
Searches for marketing / growth Interns
Recommendations for transferring money - Revolut got the nod.
Sinch vs Twilio for OTP verification
Our Aug 9th day was 🔥
Summer Cocktails. Members and Friends only. We wanted to give back to everyone who has supported us so far this year, and provide you all with a chance to reconnect and compare notes. Cash bar. Apply to Attend
Coffee Huddle. Small group of founders, drinking coffee around a table. (Enough said) RSVP
#FAILFEST. Share Highs, Lows & everything in between - how these learnings propel you to WIN. Complete with leadership coaching 1:1’s RSVP
SAVE THE DATE: Oct 19th
#GROWFEST. Sales and marketing coworking day. Founder Coworking day focussed on all things revenue generation and profitability.
SAVE THE DATE: Nov 15th
#BROOKLYN BABY. Our first Coworking day in the borough. May do a sneaky holiday / gifting themed event. Founder of a CPG brand? Reach out.
A big 👋 and hello to some of our newer members, including...
Christina Cappelli, multimedia designer and producer turned creative technologist! Recent grad from NYUs masters in interactive telecommunications program, exploring many ventures.
Travel, their public beta just launched. Check it out for your future travel planning needs.
Founder - Tavishi Gupta
Thurs Aug 24th
5pm. Shop Black NYC: The Future of Popup Retail. Join Black Entrepreneurs NYC, for an in-person panel discussion and networking reception and resources available to minority-owned businesses. RSVP
6pm. GenAI companies building in NYC. A monthly demo+ happy hour hosted by the AI Furnace. Two GenAI will be showcased. RSVP
Corporate Chocolate Coworking Day
Fri 25th Aug
Corporate Chocolate Coworking Day. Indulge your sweet tooth & boost your productivity at our upcoming Corporate Chocolate Co-work Session RSVP
Sun 27th Aug
Budgeting workshop. A virtual, free event to help you manage your funds better. (Thanks to Nirmal Topiwala for sharing) RSVP
Wed 30th Aug
2pm. Tech Walk. Stroll around Central Park, led by expert tech hosts from a variety of backgrounds. Perfect for Tech & Saas founders. Get outside, meet new people, and enjoy some fresh air, while practicing mindful movement. RSVP
🌟 5pm. Summer Cocktails 🌟 Members and Friends only. We wanted to give back to everyone who has supported us so far this year, and provide you all with a chance to reconnect and compare notes. Cash bar. Apply to Attend
6pm. Brand Storytelling Workshop. Hosted by Boundless Creative, talk branding, raising money through storytelling, the impact of visual identity and more. RSVP
🌟 #FAILFEST 🌟. Share Highs, Lows & everything in between - how these learnings propel you to WIN. Complete with leadership coaching 1:1’s RSVP
Re-Frame, Re-frame, Re-frame. It was the plan all along!
MindTools to overcome your fear of failure.
See you on Aug 30th.....
Only 30 spots. Priority to the most active TKS members. Apply to Attend
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