Failure calls for a celebration

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | NAMITA GUPTA
Published Nov 2, 2016, 12:45 am IST
Updated Nov 2, 2016, 2:48 am IST
This new global movement has caught the fancy of startups even in Bengaluru, who hold special nights to experience the same.
L to R: Alison, Veda, Aditya, Anushree, John and Manisha at one of the F**p Nights by Bhive Workspace
 L to R: Alison, Veda, Aditya, Anushree, John and Manisha at one of the F**p Nights by Bhive Workspace

Bengaluru is the startup capital of the country and most of these startups believe in work-life integration with industrious individuals who meet, collaborate, communicate and exchange ideas to help nourish the community. But there’s no success without f**king up; that’s why F**kup Nights, which is a global movement born in Mexico to share publicly business failure stories is catching up with hundreds of young entrepreneurs who attend each event to hear other entrepreneurs share their failures.

Globally, on such platforms, each speaker is given seven minutes and after each speaker, there’s a question-answer session, followed by networking over beer. We find out what the fun young entrepreneurs do on these F**k-Up Nights, Bhive bashes and Buzzfests that are gaining popularity.

At the F**k up nights, stories of failed businesses and projects are narrated, questioned and celebrated. Three f**kupreneurs get up and share their story, including what the project was, what they did wrong, what they learned from it, and what they’d do differently. They do this as they believe entrepreneurs in the city learn from failures and every failure has a story, and every story has lessons.

Talking about F**kup nights, Durgesh Kaushik, Bhive Workspace for young work enthusiasts; entrepreneurs, start-ups and businesses, states, “Most industry events focus on successful entrepreneurs, but the fact is that most of the start-ups fail, and churn out great experiences and learning that can be extremely useful for budding entrepreneurs.

The idea is to urge more people to plunge into entrepreneurship and not be afraid to fail. It’s a celebration of failures and sharing of great experiences. Once, a speaker overran his time and promised he’ll take a couple more minutes to finish. Just at that moment, a person from the audiences stood up to leave.

The speaker ran down from the stage saying “Boss, only five minutes, promise”, dragged him onto the stage and the person sat there until the end. The audience, including that person ended up cracking with laughter.”

Talking about how such events help entrepreneurs, Vishwas Mudagal, CEO and co-founder, GoodWorkLabs Services Pvt. Ltd., author and winner of Asia Top 100 award adds, “Technology Superstars events like these are great mixers of storytelling, knowledge sharing, networking and food and drinks. It’s important that we remove the fear of failures, talk about it openly so that failures don’t become a taboo anymore, highlighting how people bounced back and achieved success.” Ninad Shah, ceo and founder, areahop.com, adds stating, “We’re all building a startup ecosystem to hangout with like minded people and help others who need help.”





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