【Thank you, we are now full house!】2020/1/21 FuckUp Nights Tokyo Vol. 20 - You never fail until you stop trying

Tue, 21 Jan 2020 19:00 - 21:30 JST

Impact HUB Tokyo

2-11-3 Meguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo


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FuckUp Nights Tokyo is back for Volume 20 on Tuesday January 21st! Our previous volume in October 2019 was a blast so we are already excited to be inspired by the next FuckUp stories about failure and the lessons learned from them. Make sure to get your prepaid ticket for the event and save a 1000 yen! See you all at the next event!

Speakers Wanted! 登壇者募集中!
We are looking for speakers who would like to share their stories with our audience! Do you have a project that went down south, a business deal that fell through, or any other type of story you can share with us, please join us on stage! Speaker applications can be send through the following form: Tell us your FuckUp Story!

About FuckUp Nights

FuckUp Nights is a global movement that started in Mexico in 2012 and has spread to 250+ cities in more than 80+ countries around the world. The concept of FuckUp Nights is simple: breaking away from the stigmas surrounding (business) ‘failure’. The lessons we can learn from failure are often more valuable and interesting than stories about success. The majority of startups and professionals don’t create ‘the project of year’ on their first attempt, yet we rarely hear about their failures in books, magazines or at events. FuckUp Nights wants to change that by organizing events where people are able to come together, network, share, learn and celebrate stories about business failure. Want to know more details? Check out our online facebook community!

Why join FuckUp Nights Tokyo?

We would like to invite all (aspiring) entrepreneurs, freelancers and professionals who want to hear, share, discuss and celebrate stories about business failure. We offer you an opportunity to freely discuss the concept of failure, and learn from the experiences of others; all in a cozy and casual setting. This will be a great opportunity for you to meet new like-minded people and have a chance to share issues that you do usually not tend to discuss at other events.

The Fuck Up Nights Event Format

The format of every FuckUp Nights is simple: 3 or 4 people take the stage to share their FuckUp stories, followed by a Q&A, and ending with time to network. The presenters tell their story with their slides in 7 minutes. The stories are always structured in the following way:

1) What was your project?
2) What went wrong?
3) What did you learn?
4) What would you do differently?

Speaker Profiles (order of appearance might change on the day of the event)
Speaker No.1 : Takako Shibata
Career consultant, Trainer
CEO of Liberofirm


Short Bio:
Born in Osaka in 1969. After graduating from junior college, Takako Shibata joined a general insurance company as a general employee. After getting married, she left the company, and proceeded to work for over 20 major companies, mainly in the automobile industry, in various parts of the country while moving around the country with her husband as he relocated for work.
In 2005, she studied communication at Toastmasters International, a global NPO for public speaking, and won the speech contests in 2013 and 2019. Using these experiences, she obtained a national qualification as a career consultant in order to help create "a society where everyone can work and live comfortably". While providing career support at companies and vocational training schools, Takako is also active as a training instructor in career development, LGBT support, problem countermeasures in the workplace, and speech / presentation.

Story Teaser:
Having spent my mid 40’s without any particular skills, experiences, valueless qualificatios and dealing with innumerable difficulties as an entrepreneur, I somehow survived. This is despite failures and because of the support I received from others. My story is about how I have survived and how I have been supported.

Speaker No.2 : Tomonari Kino
CEO of AtHearth


Short Bio:
Grew up in American base and special needs school in Akita, Tomonari studied in U.S. and experienced racism and terrorism. Graduated Sophia University and start 1st business of e-learning service and started working at Mitsubishi Corporation, assigned in the nuclear project in France for 2 years.
He had reversal cultural shock and every time coming back to Japan that made him to resign the company in 2014 and decide to create AtHearth, which incorporated in 2015, to support internationals who had problem on housing. He is trilingual of Japanese, French and English.

Story Teaser:
Resigned traditional Japanese corporation, giving up MBA, career in Japan, ex fiancé. Had re confirmation of the lifetime declaration due to the developmental disorder of my lung.
I will share my personal experience, the realities of typical startup troubles, such as the lies of the starting CEOs, investment contract fraud, acquisition threats, Copycat, trademarks, spy applicants from competitive companies, etc.

Speaker No.3 : Hans Raj Verma
CEO of Couture


Short Bio:
Hans Raj Verma was born in Belgium and holds a master's degree in Japanese Studies. Hans speaks 6 languages, codes fluently in JAVA & JavaScript and has called Tokyo home for the last 17 years. As the finance industry boomed in the early 2000s, Hans took on a web developer role at Societe Generale building tools supporting the securities value chain. He became a true global project delivery veteran after a 7 year stint at top-tier Wall Street institution Goldman Sachs, where he initially joined the settlements & clearing technology team and then transitioned to a PM role. After 13 years in banking technology and consulting, Hans took the entrepreneurial route and bootstrapped an influencer matching and analytics platform. Hans is currently writing a whitepaper assessing the feasibility of creating a low volatility cryptocurrency to battle climate change.

Story Teaser:
Hans will share his experiences and challenges in building a tech startup and raising funds as a foreigner in Japan, the importance of finding a suitable co-founder and the "execution" euphemism, zooming in on product-market fit, the Japanese advertising industry characteristics, black swan events and the dangers of having too many advisors and losing focus by setting unrealistic targets to solve multiple problems at once.

Impact HUB Tokyo as the Official FuckUp Nights Tokyo Venue

Impact HUB Tokyo is proud to be the official venue for FuckUp Nights in Tokyo. Impact HUB Tokyo is part innovation lab, business incubator and coworking space where a community of (social) entrepreneurs gathers, connects and exchanges knowledge and ideas. As Impact HUB Tokyo, we share the vision with the global FuckUp Nights movement that the societal taboo surrounding failure needs to be broken. We host this event as a quarterly series.

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Failure Sucks, but Instruct! FuckUp Nights is a community of people who share the experiences and learnings from their business failures.

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