Meetup #71: Lessons Learned - Failure *Is* An Option

September 15, 2015 | 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm | O'Finns Irish Temper, Oakville



Success stories of startups seem bountiful and inspiring, helping to spread sales of books, strategies, and consults. But what is also quickly glossed over is the spotlight on the failures people endured during their journey.  We claim to “celebrate failure,” yet it’s short lived and rarely shared with others. But that’s where the real learning happens. And a post-mortem can be extremely helpful in navigating towards the next steps of attaining business success.


And Failures

We are looking for a panel of 4 inspiring people to join us on September 15 to share your FAILURES, and what you learned from it to achieve SUCCESS again.

Ideally, you:

  • Started a business
  • Ran into tough obstacles
  • Had to make hard decisions
  • These decisions didn't result in success
  • You had to shut down the business or the project
  • You're ready to share what failed and how you kept going

If that sounds like you, please let me know if you’d like to become a participant. And share your own lessons learned - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Facilitator / Panelists

Sebastian DwornikFacilitatorSebastian Dwornik, Appreneur

Has been passionate about mobile devices since Windows CE 1.0 debuted in 1996.  In the years since then his journey in software development gained him experience in a multitude of industries such as biotech automation, retail point-of-sale devices, industrial machine vision systems, big data, and most recently mobile security.  All the while constantly experimenting with ideas and entrepreneurship.

Connect through: twitter | appliedpda | LinkedIn


Panelist 1
Brian Hogg

Launched a startup,, with the director of the Velocity garage (startup incubator for University of Waterloo students and alumni).



Panelist 2
Josh Hagan

Salistera was a startup that developed a mobile platform which helps companies collect and analyze safety information, reducing the inefficiency of paper-based methods, ultimately improving safety and profitability.

Panelist 3
Bob Nagar

 Incubed was a software vendor with an application solution that was targeted at the enterprise level of the Health Insurance sector.  The product provided an end-to-end solution to support the processing needs for Group Health Benefits Management.


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The Venue

O'Finns Irish Temper - 136 Church Street - downtown Oakville Ontario (google map)
Why not come for dinner ahead of time upstairs?  Check out the great menu at O'Finns.



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