FuckUp Nights Tokyo Vol. V (Wednesday February 17th) - Failure is not the Opposite of Success, It's Part of It

Wed, 17 Feb 2016 19:00 - 21:30 JST

Impact HUB Tokyo

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


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FuckUp Nights Tokyo is back! On Wednesday February 17th Impact HUB Tokyo will host the 5th volume of the series. We wish everyone all the best with their business endeavors for 2016, but we expect that this year will also be filled with many FuckUps. But that's why we're here; to celebrate and learn from these FuckUp stories, which are often important experiences for future success. Please join us for the first FuckUp Nights Tokyo of 2016, and be inspired by how other entrepreneurs have dealt with failure.

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 +100 cities in more than 35 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 through 10 images, each projected for exactly 40 seconds. 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

1. Paul Cohen

Paul is an independent consultant based in Tokyo. He has 20+ years of international cross-industry development and project management experience working on a variety of projects from corporate IT to eLearning simulations to educational apps and games. He's also a former world champion in sport parachuting, and regularly performs music online as the blues infused slide guitar/harmonica cyborg "Komuso Tokugawa".

Paul is the founder of ToyTones. ToyTones are SoundToys for Kids aged 3-5 using music and collaborative play to help foster better brain development. His long term vision was an educational brand that develops cognitive and language abilities through early childhood music learning. However, Paul was forced to shut down ToyTones on the startup runway (engine warning lights with a bad storm ahead) and the project never took flight due to market and collaboration issues, which he will explain to us more during FuckUp Nights Tokyo!

2. Gee Daigo

Gee is a young, visionary, and dynamic Music Creative Director, Composer and Artist Manager. He has extensive knowledge of today’s cutting edge music productions as well as the ability to orchestrate traditionally coordinated instruments. In addition, he is also winner of Startup Weekend Tokyo Music. Gee will share an interesting FuckUp story with us of how he blew a possible $100 million deal. Want to know what kind of deal and how this happened? Join us on Wednesday the 17th!

3. Shuko Ikemura

Shuko is a freelance graphic designer based in Tokyo. She is also one of the founders of Wanic, a company that makes alcohol from coconuts from Laos and the Philippines. Before she started as a freelancer, Shuko worked as a graphic designer in urban development consulting, fashion, and the marketing industry. Through her work she always strives to extract and fully understand the essence of her clients' products, and to communicate the beauty of these products to the outside world. The story Shuko will share with us during FuckUp Nights will involve how a failure in communication resulted in missing out on an important project.

Impact HUB Tokyo as the Official FuckUp Nights Tokyo Venue

Impact HUB Tokyo is proud to be the official venue for FuckUp Nights 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 bimonthly 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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