FuckUp Nights Miami Vol.7 - "Anti-Portfolio"

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Mar 29

FuckUp Nights Miami Vol.7 – “Anti-Portfolio”

March 29, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm UTC-5

A candid discussion with Tigre Wenrich / Senior Executive, Consultant & Angel Investor, Mark Kingdon / Angel Investor & Ben Wirz / Director of Venture Investments on their biggest missed and/or failed investments.
Moderated by: Nico Berardi
Beers by Biscayne Bay Brewing Company
Food by My Ceviche
Benoit Wirz manages the Knight Enterprise Fund, a venture fund that invests directly in early-stage startups that improve access to quality, useful information. He also helps advise Knight’s program staff and nonprofits in Knight’s portfolio on business issues. Wirz is a founder of U.S. Global, where he helped take businesses from startup to profitability. There, Wirz identified, evaluated and managed investments in companies with valuations ranging from $500,000 to $10 million. He also served as vice president of strategic planning for a manufacturing company, U.S. Global Glass, and as vice president of business development for U.S. Global Synfuel, which invested in and developed energy companies and synthetic fuel projects. Wirz completed his MBA at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France, and received a MA and a BA from Stanford University. He speaks French, Spanish and, on good days, Russian.
Mark Kingdon is a Wharton MBA recipient, former PwC consulting partner, three time tech CEO (Organic, Second Life, NiftyThrifty) and active angel investor.  Mark has invested in two dozen startups — e.g., Twitter, TheRealReal, OfferUp and also Everypost, Sktchy and HYP3R in Miami.
Mr. Thomas Wenrich, also known as Tigre served as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at FoxyP2 Inc. After a successful career as Partner with The Boston Consulting Group in the U.S., Spain and Mexico, he retired to Miami, Florida where he subsequently participated in a roll-up in the retail money service business (remittances, check cashing, payday advance). After selling his stores in early 2009, he joined Open English. Mr. Wenrich worked with companies in the consumer products, industrial goods and financial services sectors to develop and implement strategies for competitive success during his 16 years at BCG. He serves as a Director of Open English LLC(also known as FoxyP2 Inc). He has also written articles for the Wall Street Journal and the Harvard Business Review, among other publications. Mr. Wenrich holds a B.A. from Stanford University.
Nico Berardi is Managing Director at Accelerated Growth Partners; an angel investor network based out of Miami, FL. He has been commissioned by Knight Foundation to bridge the funding gap that Miami entrepreneurs face. The goal of the Knight Foundation grant is to ensure an efficient angel network to then pursue the structuring of a local Series A venture capital fund. In the first year, AGP has grown to 80+ Members, made 12 investments totaling U$2.2M. Nico is currently completing his Kauffman Fellowship.
Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) is the country’s oldest and largest coworking space, based in Cambridge MA and credited with helping to create the innovation district that surrounds Kendall Square and that has played a key role in aggregating successful startups, large companies, and investment vehicles. CIC Miami is the company’s fourth expansion site and will be open in early September 2016.
FuckUp Nights is a global movement born in Mexico in 2012 as a forum to share stories of business failures. Hundreds of people attend each event to hear three to four entrepreneurs share their experiences of past mishaps. Each speaker is given seven minutes and is able to use ten images. After each speaker, there’s a question/answer session for about ten minutes. Of course beer is encouraged and naturally there is time for networking before and after the speakers. In 2015, there were over 250,000 people who attended a FuckUp event in cities across the planet.
Rather than focus on the positive, seemingly unobtainable success stories, this event focuses on the “not to be discussed in public” big mistakes made by successful entrepreneurs. Our platform leads to honest and open conversations, because we believe failure is not the opposite of success, rather a stepping stone from which others can relate and learn from.