Entrepreneurship is at an all time high as we all try to navigate the fickle rebounding economy. We hear success story after story about boot-strapping web developers and college students who have struck out and hit start up gold. While these stories are encouraging they tend to leave out a lot of the actual hardships and headaches entrepreneurs face.
On Tuesday, March 19, Washington DC area entrepreneurs will have the chance to talk about their start up problems at “Startup Battlefield: War Stories of Victory & Defeat.” The panel discussion which was organized by Rebecca Thorman, VP Marketing at Speek and Writer and Steph Hay, a consultant will include four diverse founders with a mix of skill sets and knowledge in there industry. Among the panelist is Barrel of Jobs co-founder and 20-year social entrepreneur veteran, Julie Kantor.
Each panelist will have 15 minutes to share their stories and 5 minutes will be set aside after each speaker for a Q&A session. Thorman, who has organized other events stated that attendees will “get to have an honest and intimate conversation about the failures that occur in start-ups."
According to Shikhar Ghosh, a senior lecturer at Harvard Business School who has been cited in numerous articles, three out of four startups fail. Of course it is not all doom and gloom, the panel discussion hopes to give entrepreneurs advice that will help them in their daily business routine.
“Our objective is to pass along practical strategies to use the next day at your business,” says Thorman. “ What do I do if I don’t get along with my co-founder, how can I use lean methodology approach, how do I co-found a company with my spouse and still have a social life questions like these are what we hope to answer,” she continued.
The event will take place March 19, 2013 at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, 2300 N St. NW, Washington DC at 6:30 p.m.. The cost is $20 and to register click here.