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Fail Smart: Mistakes to Learn From


Tuesday, May 21, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

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Fail Smart: Mistakes to Learn From


Fail Smart: Mistakes to Learn From is a curated crash course in learning from failure, straight from the mouths of Atlanta entrepreneurs who live it on a daily basis.  In this installment of turnstone’s Small Talks series, several of the area's best and brightest startup founders at all phases of growth will share their experiences around launching and growing a new company.  Learn what did and didn’t work, and apply those tangible lessons to your own business, whether you’ve already started one, or are simply thinking about it.  Don’t miss a rare opportunity to interact with entrepreneurs in an intimate, interactive setting at this free panel discussion.  Among the questions we'll dive into:

  • What would be one thing you'd do differently if you could start all over?
  • At what point do you stop being a 'startup'?
  • Is going through some form of failure inevitable, or at least helpful in becoming a successful entrepreneur?

Fail Smart: Mistakes to Learn From is being hosted by the Atlanta Tech Village, a central hub for technology and technology-centric companies in the Atlanta area. ATV is located at the corner of 3423 Piedmont Rd. NE, Atlanta, at the corner of Piedmont and Lenox Rd. Parking available on-site.




Panel Moderator: Amber Saunders, Enrichment Prep, Founder 


Upon graduating from law school, Amber became unsatisfied with the options she saw in the legal field.  Ever the education enthusiast, she began Enrichment Prep after being asked to serve as a volunteer ACT/SAT tutor at her old Atlanta high school. Shortly thereafter, she was awarded seed funding from 100 Urban Entrepreneurs and was asked to serve as the 100UE rep in the southeast.  Since then, Amber has curated several startup events that focus on connecting entrepreneurs on the fringe of the startup scene to the vast resources available in Atlanta.  Amber recently launched Failurebox, which hosted StemAtl at Atlanta Tech Village, where students from Georgia State, Georgia Tech, Emory, Spelman, Morehouse, and Clark Atlanta University were able to tour ATV and connect with some of the most talented entrepreneurs in the city to discuss failure in an effort to provide real world lessons and avoid romanticizing the entrepreneurship experience. 



Craig Hyde @craighyde

Rigor, Founder/President rigor.com

Craig is a software entrepreneur.  Prior to founding Rigor, he was a Solution Consultant for Compuware/Gomez where he designed and implemented application performance solutions for the Fortune 100.  Craig is active in the Advanced Technology Development Center at Georgia Tech and can be found on the pitch with Atlanta Old White Rugby Club.  Rigor was recently named one of the 40 Most Innovative Technology Companies in Georgia by the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG).

Jon Birdsong @jonnybird

Rivalry, CEO rivalry.com

If you know the startup scene in Atlanta, you probably already know Jon. Having worked for multiple tech startups, gone through the famous TechStars Accelerator in Boulder, CO, and even founded several community organizations in Atlanta, Jon has recently made the leap to entrepreneurship.  Rivalry is a sales process management software company that helps drive compensation among sales reps and bring better automation to tasks that happen to close deals.  You can also find Jon at the next Atlanta Startup Village event, which he helped launch last fall.

Rob Frohwein @KabbageRob

Kabbage, CEO kabbage.com

Rob founded Kabbage to get capital to small businesses quickly (think eBay, Amazon, and Etsy sellers), an area in which banks have long struggled. He believes deeply that small businesses are at the core of economic development around the world. Rob's also a 3-time author, former co-host of a radio show, inventor with more than 30 patents and applications -- and the owner of a lifetime pass to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Nick Romano @NickRomanoSU4

SignUp4, Founder & President signup4.com

 As co-founder and President of SignUp4, Nick Romano has grown the company from a self-funded start-up into one of the most highly-respected, award-winning,  technology companies in the strategic meetings management marketplace. Romano has championed thought leadership to drive innovation and continues to pursue opportunities in the technology industry.

Romano is an active member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization and an industry speaker on emerging event management technology. A serial entrepreneur, Romano has successfully acquired and launched rappidApp, a native mobile application company which integrates into SignUp4’s event management technology. Romano further expanded offerings into the small meetings marketplace with the purchase of  Worktopia and the Universal Meeting Solution.

He is a graduate of Georgia Tech with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering and holds a Masters in Business Administration from Georgia State University. Romano is an avid fly fisherman and enjoys playing soccer.


Come early to meet and mingle with fellow entrepreneurs!

Doors open for registration & happy hour at 6:15 PM

Kickoff of Panel Discussion: 7:00 PM

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Atlanta Tech Village
3423 Piedmont Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30305

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

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