#SWDub Mentors Share Their Failure Stories

This is was not on the agenda but our ever dynamic team lead, Tracy Keogh, quickly put together a line-up of mentors to share their failure stories with #SWDub participants.

Perhaps inspired by a previous event – StartupWake (formerly known as Flounders), the #SWDub saw 5 now-successful entrepreneurs share their failure stories and here are the punchlines from each:

 

1. Actively try to succeed instead of actively trying not to fail – Alia Lamaadar, Tapir.me

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2. Obey your gut feeling and avoid easy money – Luca Boschin, Logo Grab

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3. Avoid bluffing your way into leaving the table empty handed – Jason Hassett, We Develop

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4. Don’t be fooled by results from test environments – Jason Ruane, Cirkit.io

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5. Giving away equity for quick wins is a very bad idea – Nubi Kay, Travel Bay

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That said, don’t be afraid to fail, embrace it but hate it enough to want to succeed.

Have any failure lessons you’d like to share or anything to add to this, go ahead and add it in the comment box.








Mentor Spotlight: Olga Batura

On behalf of the StartupWeekend Space Team, I would like to introduce you to one of our mentors, Olga Batura. She will work intimately with you and your team, disseminating her knowledge and experiences, making sure you and your team will be successful.

Biography
Olga Batura

Olga specialises in international and European economic law. Her major research focus is on regulation of telecommunications, transnational trade in services and competition law. Olga studied in Minsk (Belarus), Bremen and Hamburg and defended her PhD thesis on regulation of universal service provision in 2013 at the University of Bremen. She is an associate professor for European law at the European Humanities University in Vilnius (Lithuania) and a research assistant at the Leuphana University in Lüneburg, Germany.

StartupWeekend Space is supported by the City of Bremen, the European Space Agency, Airbus Defence and Space, HE-Space, Design & Data, Space Angels Network, Startupbootcamp – Smart Transportation & Energy, Die Sparkasse Bremen, ZARM, Hill Media, as well as Up Global, a non-profit organization connecting a global community of entrepreneurs across all topics. The organization is headquartered in Seattle, US and is considered a hub for entrepreneurial space.








Mentor Spotlight: Stephan Schöning

On behalf of the StartupWeekend Space Team, I would like to introduce you to one of our mentors, Stephan Schöning. He will work intimately with you and your team, disseminating his knowledge and experiences, making sure you and your team will be successful.

Biography
Stephan Schöning

Stephan Schöning is currently studying business administration on a postgraduate level at the University of Hamburg. Ever since his undergraduate studies he has been interested and involved in space related commercial activities and legal policy making. He has completed various internships in the aeronautic industry, the last one being with Lufthansa Technik in Shenzhen China, where his tasks included various procedural optimizations in view of export control compliance policies. As a former participant of the Manfred Lachs Moot Court, he is now an active research assistant at the University of Lüneburg and his primary interests lie at the interface of legal and business related topics in the space industry.

StartupWeekend Space is supported by the City of Bremen, the European Space Agency, Airbus Defence and Space, HE-Space, Design & Data, Space Angels Network, Startupbootcamp – Smart Transportation & Energy, Die Sparkasse Bremen, ZARM, Hill Media, as well as Up Global, a non-profit organization connecting a global community of entrepreneurs across all topics. The organization is headquartered in Seattle, US and is considered a hub for entrepreneurial space.








Speaker Spotlight: Tom Segert

On behalf of the StartupWeekend Space Team, I would like to introduce you to one of our speakers, Tom Segert.

Biography
Tom Segert

Tom is one of the founders of Berlin Space Technologies (BST); responsible for strategy and business development. BST is one of the five commercial companies in Germany that have the capability to build complete satellite systems and one of three that currently do. Prior the founding of BST in 2010 he has worked 5 years as cluster manager and speaker for the space industry network in Germany’s capital region (RiBB) and before that 3 years as project manager for space projects at TUB. In the last decade Tom has successfully challenged long held business paradigms and thus impacted the new space industry both globally and locally.

StartupWeekend Space is supported by the City of Bremen, the European Space Agency, Airbus Defence and Space, HE-Space, Design & Data, Space Angels Network, Startupbootcamp – Smart Transportation & Energy, Die Sparkasse Bremen, ZARM, Hill Media, as well as Up Global, a non-profit organization connecting a global community of entrepreneurs across all topics. The organization is headquartered in Seattle, US and is considered a hub for entrepreneurial space.








Mentor Spotlight: Silje Bareksten

On behalf of the StartupWeekend Space Team, I would like to introduce you to one of our mentors, Silje Bareksten. She will work intimately with you and your team, disseminating her knowledge and experiences, making sure you and your team will be successful.

Biography
Silje Bareksten

Silje has broad experience within startups and entrepreneurship; having engaged in starting several ventures in IT and tech, practicing entrepreneurship within established organizations and working with technology transfer processes taking top science from research to business. Her educational and professional background is in the crossing between science, technology and business with a BSc in Marketing and business development, a MSc in Science and Technology and a range of finance subjects. Silje is a specialist in merging tech solutions with business and commercial processes providing tactical and strategic advice. She also holds a BSc in Psychology and a coaching degree.

StartupWeekend Space is supported by the City of Bremen, the European Space Agency, Airbus Defence and Space, HE-Space, Design & Data, Space Angels Network, Startupbootcamp – Smart Transportation & Energy, Die Sparkasse Bremen, ZARM, Hill Media, as well as Up Global, a non-profit organization connecting a global community of entrepreneurs across all topics. The organization is headquartered in Seattle, US and is considered a hub for entrepreneurial space.








Mentor Spotlight: Tanay Sharma

On behalf of the StartupWeekend Space Team, I would like to introduce you to one of our mentors, Tanay Sharma. He will work intimately with you and your team, disseminating his knowledge and experiences, making sure you and your team will be successful.

Biography
Tanay Sharma

Dr. Tanay Sharma (Tan) currently works as a Systems Administrator and is based at the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom. He previously conducted technical research and sales in London, where he focused on providing bespoke and off-the-shelf solutions to commercial airlines based within the EMEA region.

Tanay has an undergraduate degree in computer systems engineering and a PhD in space systems, where he focused the use of magnetic levitation and propulsion technologies to enable horizontal take-off and landing for commercial space vehicles.

His research has focused on key issues related to the future growth of the aerospace domain. His research interests span from space situational awareness, use of satellite technology for disaster mitigation and management to international and domestic policy issues that directly affect the space sector.

StartupWeekend Space is supported by the City of Bremen, the European Space Agency, Airbus Defence and Space, HE-Space, Design & Data, Space Angels Network, Startupbootcamp – Smart Transportation & Energy, Die Sparkasse Bremen, ZARM, Hill Media, as well as Up Global, a non-profit organization connecting a global community of entrepreneurs across all topics. The organization is headquartered in Seattle, US and is considered a hub for entrepreneurial space.








Mentor Spotlight: Pau Mallol

On behalf of the StartupWeekend Space Team, I would like to introduce you to one of our mentors, Pau Mallol. He will work intimately with you and your team, disseminating his knowledge and experiences, making sure you and your team will be successful.

Biography
Pau Mallol

Pau Mallol is the CEO of Inkonova AB, a Sweden-based company that specializes on Additive Manufacturing or 3D Printing, also referred to as 3DP. The company acts partly as a consulting firm and focuses on the development of 3D printed products with polymeric and metallic materials. Recently, Inkonova has also entered in the multicopters, a type of UAS/UAV/drone, development area with their first 3D printed product: a quadcopter racer with tilting arms made of carbon fiber blend and other exotic 3DP materials. Pau has a BSc in Mechanics, MSc in Aerospace engineering, space track, and Licentiate degree in deployable space structures for small satellites from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH, Sweden). In addition to his education Pau has experience as entrepreneur with two different companies since 2011.

StartupWeekend Space is supported by the City of Bremen, the European Space Agency, Airbus Defence and Space, HE-Space, Design & Data, Space Angels Network, Startupbootcamp – Smart Transportation & Energy, Die Sparkasse Bremen, ZARM, Hill Media, as well as Up Global, a non-profit organization connecting a global community of entrepreneurs across all topics. The organization is headquartered in Seattle, US and is considered a hub for entrepreneurial space.








Mentor Spotlight: Roland Gabrielli

On behalf of the StartupWeekend Space Team, I would like to introduce you to one of our mentors, Roland Gabrielli. He will work intimately with you and your team, disseminating his knowledge and experiences, making sure you and your team will be successful.

Biography
Roland Gabrielli

Roland is a doctoral student at the Institute of Space Systems of the University of Stuttgart. As a member of the Plasma Wind Tunnels and Electric Propulsion Group, he investigates Fusion and Electric Propulsion by the means of system analysis and modelling. His approach is currently being adapted for the study of more general systems encompassing Space Power Provision and Thermal Control. As a part time occupation, he works as a consultant for the small Esslingen based tech think tank and service startup Concept Evolutions. The small enterprise is dedicated to spinning off Space technology for terrestrial and green applications, and to the development of disruptive concepts. Roland has studied aerospace engineering at the University of Stuttgart and at the Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et Espace (SupAero), Toulouse.

StartupWeekend Space is supported by the City of Bremen, the European Space Agency, Airbus Defence and Space, HE-Space, Design & Data, Space Angels Network, Startupbootcamp – Smart Transportation & Energy, Die Sparkasse Bremen, ZARM, Hill Media, as well as Up Global, a non-profit organization connecting a global community of entrepreneurs across all topics. The organization is headquartered in Seattle, US and is considered a hub for entrepreneurial space.








Mentor Spotlight: Chiara Manfletti

On behalf of the StartupWeekend Space Team, I would like to introduce you to one of our mentors, Chiara Manfletti. She will work intimately with you and your team, disseminating her knowledge and experiences, making sure you and your team will be successful.

Biography
Chiara Manfletti

Chiara currently holds multiple positions within the German Aerospace Center (DLR). She is the Project Manager for Expertise Raumfahrtsysteme (X-TRAS) task force connecting a multidisciplinary team across DLR with the aim to develop innovative new space transportation systems. She is also the Engine Transients Group Leader at Lampholdshausen. In addition to these positions, Chiara serves as a Technical Assistant for ESA’s Future Launcher Preparatory Program (FLPP) with a focus on the Ariane 6 launcher. Her technical experience encompasses laser ignition; fluid flow systems; propellant management; engine behavior, modelling design and testing; mission and trajectory analysis; and launch vehicle design. As a leader in the area of launch vehicles, she is driving the German research division to collaborate and innovate to maintain competitiveness in the commercial launch sector and to enable an exciting future in which space activities are commonplace. Chiara holds a Doctorate in Engineering from RWTH Aachen University and is currently pursuing a second PhD at the University of Stuttgart in astrophysics. She also has a Masters in Space Studies from the International Space University and a Masters in Aeronautical Engineering from Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine in London, England.

StartupWeekend Space is supported by the City of Bremen, the European Space Agency, Airbus Defence and Space, HE-Space, Design & Data, Space Angels Network, Startupbootcamp – Smart Transportation & Energy, Die Sparkasse Bremen, ZARM, Hill Media, as well as Up Global, a non-profit organization connecting a global community of entrepreneurs across all topics. The organization is headquartered in Seattle, US and is considered a hub for entrepreneurial space.








#SWDub Mentor Series: We need more cyber security startups

Paul Watson is a full-stack web developer and current Chief Technology Officer at Storyful with 12 years of experience in the industry. His primary technical skills are in Ruby on Rails, SQL, JavaScript, HTML and CSS. 

On this second edition of the #SWDub Mentor Series, sponsored by Bank of Ireland, we reached out to him to tell us about his role at Startup Weekend as well as his expectations for the upcoming event.

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Q. What are your thoughts on Startup Weekend and how have you participated?

I think this will be my fourth Startup Weekend, all in the mentor role, and each time I’m blown away not only by the ideas but by the people there. The organizers and other mentors are the best Ireland has and the teams are so diverse.

I have also come to see that the Startup Weekend is one of the few hackathon-type events that results in long term change, real businesses and ideas come out of the weekend, go on to secure funding, growth, and becoming success stories.

 

Q. What is one sector or space you’d like to see more ideas from during the Startup Weekend?

That will definitely be Security. This is because even since the last Startup Weekend in November there have been further breaches (Sony) and the industry is getting even more investment from all sizes of business.

The industry also needs novel ways of protecting data and systems, the established ways are not working and startups are great at bringing new thinking to an industry. Moreso, social media platforms are lagging when it comes to team based security. The password to your million-follower Twitter account is shared amongst your whole company? That’s crazy!

 

Q. What tip do you have for participants and area of expertise are you happy to help with?

Everyone in the team has to talk to potential customers, not just the designer and the business person. Everyone hears something different when a customer speaks and that all needs to be collected and discussed.

As to my area of expertise, I can help out on all matters technical including: front-end, back-end, infrastructure, but I always need product-context to give good
technical advice.

Use Ruby! Don’t use Ruby! It depends.

That’s it from Paul. You can catch him on twitter at @PaulMWatson. He’d also be around mentoring and coaching teams at the Startup Weekend Dublin. Do share and stay tuned for the next post in the #SWDub Mentor Series courtesy of our sponsor, Bank of Ireland.