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The legendary Fuckup Nights

On two evenings at SCALE11 "failed" entrepreneurs explain to today's startups the mistakes that they SHOULDN’T make.

03 Feb. 2017

"Learn from your mistakes" – the saying that goes along with the new culture of failure has been around for a long time. In fact, this "second chance mentality" is still underdeveloped in Germany. Entirely normal in the USA, in Germany entrepreneurial failure is nearly a mortal sin: "If you're going to do something, do it right" suits the German mentality much better.

Until now at any rate. CeBIT Fuckup Nights make it clear that it's possible to deal with failure in very different ways. In this internationally successful conference series, company founders discuss their own failures up front and how they dealt with these formative experiences.

This format comes – not from the USA, but from Mexico City. "Since the first Fuckup Night in 2012 events have been held in more than 150 cities in 54 countries – we are the most internationally active movement of creators and innovators," advertises the initiative. Last year they addressed over 200,000 people.

The Fuckup Nights at CeBIT 2017 are taking place on March 20 and 21 at the startup event SCALE11 . Here the focus is also on "learning from other people's mistakes" In these best-practice presentations "failed" entrepreneurs teach today and tomorrow’s startups which mistakes they SHOULDN'T make. The Fuckup Nights 2017 begin at 4:30 p.m. and last two hours. The venue is in Hall 11 on Monday. The Tuesday location will be in Hall 9 on the Salesforce stage. The second edition of the Fuckup Nights will be held there as well.

"I love beginnings," says Fede Casas from Mexico. He invested in the event firm Kin Camp, is a co-owner of Intangible (INTNGBL) and dabbled in "at least 20 other companies, most of which failed," Casas admits.

Ikue Uchida began her career as a management consultant with Arthur Andersen, where she developed performance measurement systems. Upon discovering the "world-changing power of business" she decided to use her consulting knowhow for international development partnerships. After passing through various organizations, the Japanese entrepreneur helped form the agency Orinus Partners. Now she helps other startups around the globe find their legs in order to, as Uchida says, "provoke social change."

The Israeli Yosi Taguri, investor in Wondermall Inc. and co-founder of Labgoo, has been developing software for various technologies and devices for the past 25 years. At the age of 11, Taguri began developing software, selling his first program at 14. He subsequently founded a series of more or less well-know companies, including Yallo, Labgoo, Fiddme, Shidurey, and Stealth Mode.

Zipporah Gatiti would like to revolutionize the supply chain for Kenyan coffee. "Taste of Kenya" is her second startup after studying computer science in Ireland and England. Her first company, TestCom Technology, sold software management consulting services to customers like Eircom, Coillte and Bank of Ireland.

Among the German founders and ex-founders on the list of speakers are Anna Gubanova and Gabriel Gelmann, who are organizing the Fuckup Nights Hannover. Réginald Bien-Aimé, initiator and organizer of the Fuckup Nights Switzerland, and the Spanish "social media animal" Yannick Kwik, who manages the Fuckup Nights as the Global CEO, will also pass on their experience.

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