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#Failfest

Wednesday, April 22
4:00pm–6:00pm

Failure is not something to be ashamed by. Failure is inevitable and sometimes an important part of becoming successful entrepreneurs. Without it, how would we learn?

In this off-the-cuff, unfiltered and unapologetic event, we’ll hear from a variety of speakers about their past failure(s) and what they’ve learned along the way. Sometimes it takes a lot of failed attempts before you get to that one-in-a-million idea that will launch you to success.

Come together, grab a snack and laugh, commiserate and learn with fellow entrepreneurs and find out how their failures made them who they are today.

Speakers

  • "The good and the bad of founders building teams" - Anita Andrews, RJMetrics
  • "My first startup failed. Why I'm starting a second." - McKeever Conwell, Redberry

Check out our PTW14 #Failfest Recap for more info on the format of the event.

This event is a part of Philly Tech Week's Business Conference Day. Check out the full list of Business Conference events.

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Speakers

  • McKeever Conwell

    McKeever Conwell

    Mckeever E. Conwell, II, aka Mac, is a Baltimore native who attended Morgan State University, where he majored in Computer Science. In October 2009 Mac, along with 2 friends from college, decided to start his first tech startup, Given.to. The Given.to team went through two accelerators, Accelerate Baltimore followed by NewMe Accelerator, where Mac was later named entrepreneur in residence. After working hard to make Given.to a great product, Given shut down in 2014 after 4 years. With that failure Mac learned a lot and was lead to start his latest venture, RedBerry, which was recently accepted into Philadelphia's Dreamt Ventures. Mac has been a guest on Huffington Post live several times and his companies have been featured in several media outlets such as USA Today, Washington Post, BET, CNN Headline News, Black Enterprise and many more.

  • Anita Andrews

    Anita Andrews

    Anita Garimella Andrews is VP, Customer Success at RJMetrics. RJMetrics is a leading SaaS cloud-based analytics platform whose customers are primarily mid-sized ecommerce and SaaS businesses.

    Anita’s expertise includes data & analytics, B-to-B and B-to-C platforms, e-commerce, social gaming and viral metrics optimization, product management, online marketing, and social networks. She was Founder & CEO of Sepiida, an analytics and Internet marketing optimization company, whose clients included Zynga Games Network, Haymarket Media, and Coveroo. Sepiida was acquired by Delphic Digital in 2012. Prior to Sepiida, she ran Ecommerce at Nutrisystem, a $750 million subscription ecommerce business, and has held a variety of product and marketing roles at successful start-ups in Silicon Valley.

    Anita holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Stanford University with a specialization in Human-Computer Interaction. She earned her B.A. from New York University majoring in Politics with a minor in Mathematics. She is a founding Trustee of TechGirlz whose mission is to grow the role of women in technology by focusing on middle school-aged girls.

    Anita won the Rising Star Award as a 2011 Woman of Distinction from the Philadelphia Business Journal.