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Failure – fuckups & the opportunities that come with them
“The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.” – Henry Ford
Failure – feared by so many, yet the best teacher out there. Entrepreneurship often means walking paths nobody has ever walked before. Encountering difficulties and most probably also fucking up something somewhere along the way is part of the journey. Although failing feels awful, as we all know, we have to view it as an opportunity to learn.
At this Stammtisch, we will have some great founders talking about their tough stories and what they have taken away from it. Expect startup stories with lots of exciting experiences and valuable learnings.
– Michael Altrichter: Business Angel
– Dejan Stojanovic: Founder FuckUp Nights Vienna
– Sebastian Jagsch: Serial Entrepreneur & Head of Creators Expedition AVL
– Melanie Ruff: Entrepreneur & HUB Agent at Factory Hub Vienna
We are looking forward to seeing you there!
All the best,
Your Stammtisch Team
After co-founding paysafecard and payolution and successfully selling to the UK company Skrill Michael Altrichter today is one of the most active Business Angels and Impact Investors in Austria. His present portfolio comprises investments in 37 Startups as FinTech, Blockchain, AI and App-service companies including the Trading&Investment platform wikifolio and the Tourtravelling platform Tourradar. Simultaneously to investing in Discovering Hands, an organisation training blind women to perform breast cancer medical screening, he was awarded in 2014 Business Angel of the Year. As Chairman Supervisory Board of the stock-listed startup300 AG, Austria´s leading Startup ecosystem he links Startups and innovation-minded Corporates. Additionally he preforms as member of the investor panel in the PULS4 TV Startup Show “2 minutes 2 millions“ and co-produces his own TV show “Austria – the land of innovation”.
Dejan is a passionate entrepreneur and supporter of the Austrian startup ecosystem. His conviction, that failure is the mother of innovation, motivated him to start and host the Austrian version of “Fuckup Nights” and introduce the U.S. perspective of a healthier startup and business culture, where business failure stories are publicly shared, questioned and the learning effects are celebrated. The Austrian-wide success of the Fuckup Nights was a significant source of inspiration for the broadcast media Puls 4 that will start producing the worldwide first business-related reality television series based on his format. Dejan is the co-author of the book “All the Wiser”. He regularly holds keynotes and workshops at conferences and companies (including TEDx, Österr. Kontrollbank, Raiffeisen Bank International, etc.). Dejan holds a master degree in law from the University of Vienna.
Sebastian, an engineer by training and entrepreneur by trade, is heading the startup program Creators Expedition at AVL List. As the world’s largest independent automotive engineering service provider AVL provides early stage auto-tech startups an independent gateway to the mobility industry with this initiative. Besides that Sebastian has co-founded, led and invested in several startups in the automotive and tech industry always with a focus on new and emerging technologies. So in addition to his work at AVL he has firsthand experience on startup and entrepreneur life and is able to translate this know-how into the corporate program he and his team have set up.
Melanie Ruff has been HUB Agent for Factory HUB Vienna, a Co-working space for hardware Startups, since October 2018 and is responsible for the “Innovation” committee at Tele Haase. Previously, she worked as Innovation and Entrepreneurship Expert at the University of Applied Sciences St. Pölten from 2017 to 2018. In 2018 she was the startup coordinator of St. Pölten. From 2013 to 2016 she gained practical experience in the area of start-up and founding as CEO and Co-Founder of RUFFBOARDS Sportartikel GmbH.
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