Welcome to FuckUp Nights Melbourne! In this special Xmas edition, we are returning to where it all began earlier this year- the beloved Inspire9 event space! We plan to celebrate the mistakes, the failures, and fucktastic stories that help make us the humans that we are.
FuckUp Nights is a global movement born in Mexico in 2012 to share public business failure stories with hundreds of people attending each event around the world. Each month speakers will be invited to talk about their fuckup stories; we’ll learn about their biggest mistakes, what they learned, how they moved on- all whilst sharing invaluable advice along the way.
Sheryl Thai initially began her career in the IT&T industry but, with a job loss resulting from the economic downturn of 2009, found herself presented with a unique opportunity to fulfil her passion of starting a cupcake business.
Starting off in her home kitchen with minimal capital, the business started to flourish as name “Cupcake Central” spread through word of mouth and orders starting flowing in. As demand increased, the decision to open up her first cupcake store became imminent and, as a joint venture with her business partner Thin Neu, Cupcake Central’s first storefront in Hawthorn opened their doors in August 2010.
In the last five years, three Cupcake Central stores have opened in Melbourne (with a few pop-ups in between), self-published a cookbook called “Hatch That Dream”, and has won the Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2013 at the Australian Start Up Awards.
Sheryl also seeks to encourage other young female entrepreneurs to go ahead and "hatch" their own dreams. As a co-founder of the League of Extraordinary Women, she provides support, encouragement, inspiration and empowerment to women just like herself, and helps them to turn their dreams into a reality - www.leagueofextraordinarywomen.com.au. Sheryl, in December 2015, took upon the role as CEO of The League to launch it globally.
Follow Sheryl & The League on Twitter: @TheLeagueWomen
The tale of Taboo began when a nineteen year-old, ambitious Melbourne-ite heard the sound of London calling. Answering the call, Andrew relocated to colder climates and begun working as a street hustling salesman. He returned to Australia a year later, determined to provide something different.
Now 16 years on, Taboo has evolve into a full scale creative agency, delivering campaigns for the country’s biggest brands: Nike, NAB, Haagen Dazs, Telstra, Cadbury, Chupa Chups, Schweppes, TAC, Sensis, Witchery, Mimco and CUB. In 2011, Andrew opened the iconic Ponyfish Island, a barge-come-bar situated on Melbourne’s Yarra River.
A born go-getter has culminated in Mackinnon’s role as the President of the Entrepreneur’s Organisation Australia – Victoria Chapter. Mackinnon’s engaging vivacity has made him a compelling asset both inside and outside the boardroom, with The Financial Review Magazine listing him as a must-have on any event’s “Guest wish-list”.
Follow Andrew on Twitter: @ANMackinnon
Speaker 3: Alexander Robinson, Co-Founder & CEO - Airly
Alexander is the co-founder and CEO of travel start-up Airly (www.flyairly.com), and has tried his hand with varying degrees of success as an Air Force Pilot, Commercial Manager, failed start-up co-founder, writer, service designer, waiter, ex-husband, and lover.
Alexander enjoys running, writing, travelling and planes. With FuckUp Nights, he is passionate that failure and mistakes can and should be harnessed as learning and improvement opportunities, not shied away from! In between living abroad and throughout Australia, Alexander has learned to embrace a fear of public speaking, run marathons having been told he never would, and he is still learning to listen to his heart more than his head.
Follow Alexander on Twitter: @1asr
Speaker 4: Venessa Paech, Director, Content & Inbound - Green Hat B2B Digital Marketing Agency
Venessa Paech is an internationally renowned community building expert. She has built and managed B2C, B2B and internal communities for ASX companies, start ups, governments and non-profits. Previous roles include Head of Community at Lonely Planet and Senior Manager for Content and Community at REA Group. Currently Venessa is the Global Communications and PR Manager for Envato, a Melbourne based, born global digital business with a community of over 6 million creatives worldwide.
Venessa is also the Founder of Future Culture, a new consultancy that helps HR professionals, managers, CEOs and founders apply community management methods and perspectives to leadership and organisational cultures. Future Culture helps businesses transform to successfully meet the future of work - where their people work remotely, asynchronously and in non-traditional structures around a shared purpose.
In 2009 Venessa founded the Australian Community Manager Roundtables and in 2011 she co-founded Swarm, Australia’s annual community management conference. In 2015, she commissioned and released the Australian Community Management career survey with Quiip and Dialogue Consulting. With her Swarm co-founder Alison Michalk, Venessa runs the Australian Community Managers group on Facebook (over 2,000 community and social media managers around Australia).
Venessa holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University and an MA in Virtual Ethnography from the University of Brighton (UK). She is a published scholar on online communities, and an in-demand speaker and consultant on our digital lives and identities. Venessa is also a passionate educator, guest lecturing at the University of Sydney, Victoria University and more.
Venessa is a giant, proud nerd who met her husband on an X-Files fan forum in the early 1990s.
Follow Venessa on Twitter: @venessapaech
The speakers will candidly share in 7 minutes:
* What their project / business was
* What went wrong / How it affected their personal life / What they learned / What they would do differently.
At the end of each person’s story, you’ll have a chance to ask questions- nothing too cheeky, but do feel free to dig around to gain some great insights. You’ll hear stories and advice you won’t get elsewhere - and these stories will (hopefully) put you in good stead to not make the same fuckups. Attendance is free, but we do ask you to register in advance.
KJR are Australia’s preeminent IT risk mitigation and software quality assurance consultancy, improving development velocity for ASXlisted companies, major Government departments and thirdsector institutions. The KJR Collective are a group of friendly, creative, driven people who are motivated to achieve results and have high standards of quality, integrity, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a desire for new challenges.
General Assembly is a global tech school teaching the most relevant skills of the 21st century across technology, design, marketing and business.
Inspire9 is the original community-led coworking space for Melbourne’s startups, freelancers and creative entrepreneurs. Our mission is to empower individuals and small teams to achieve big things by generating connections between members of our entrepreneurial and creative community; locally, nationally and globally.
Zendesk is software for better customer service. Businesses interact with customers every day across multiple channels like email, phone, live chat, and social media. Zendesk improves this customer experience by bringing all these interactions together in one beautifully simple platform, enabling you to respond faster to support tickets, improve satisfaction, and ultimately create a more meaningful, personal and productive relationship with your customers.
Founded in 2007, Zendesk is a leading customer service platform and is trusted by over 60,000 organisations worldwide. Zendesk is available in 40 languages and has operations in the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia and South America.
The School of Life Australia is a secular organisation that is devoted to developing emotional intelligence through the help of culture. We address such issues as how to find fulfilling work, how to master the art of relationships, how to understand one's past, how to achieve calm and how better to understand and, where necessary change, the world. From our café and classroom in Bourke St we offer classes, workshops, retreats, intensives, secular sermons, and therapies in person. We publish books, film our events and make a range of objects & tools that will assist you in the quest for a more fulfilled life. We also run a consulting and training service for businesses.
Find out more at: https://www.facebook.com/FUNMelb/
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