by Annie Conway, NNBW
Starting a company is risky business and many successful entrepreneurs experience failure at some point in their career.
To address this topic, NCET held a panel discussion luncheon titled Failure: Success in Progress Wednesday, Feb. 17 at the Atlantis Resort Casino Spa. The event provided a platform for local entrepreneurs to talk about business failures and what they learned from those experiences.
“I think everyone knows entrepreneurship is risky,” Doug Erwin, EDAWN’s Vice President of Entrepreneurial Development and the panel moderator at the event said. By discussing the experiences of other entrepreneurs, “there is a lot to be learned from that.”
Panelists at the event included Jason Dekker, a startup investor and co-founder of eight companies, Eric Jennings, co-founder and CEO of Filament, Fernando Leal, an entrepreneur with 30 years of experience with projects that include Montage Residence and CommRow, which is now the Whitney Peak Hotel, and Kathie Priebe, chair of Reno Angels and a member of Sierra Angels.
“(Failure) is actually a critical topic for entrepreneurs,” Jennings said. “If you don’t know how to fail you are either incredibly lucky or you don’t know how to (succeed).”
(Photo: Speakers for the NCET luncheon titled Failure: Success in Progress pose with EDAWN’s Shyla Pheasant before the event. Pictured from left to right are Fernando Leal, Kathie Priebe, Shyla Pheasant, Eric Jennings, Doug Erwin and Jason Dekker. – Photo by Debbie McCarthy, #abouttowndeb / NCET)