October 8, 2015

Media Contact:

Lisa Doerner



The Failure Sessions - Presented by the Entrepreneurial SIG
Experienced CTOs share past startup failures
as a way to educate others in a night of storytelling
Rochester, NY - Failure is a part of the learning process - but is a rarely discussed topic among startup founders and entrepreneurs. Digital Rochester (DR) is working to change that, with "The Failure Sessions" - a night of entrepreneurial storytelling about situations where leaders have failed, and are willing to tell the tale so others can learn.
On Tuesday, Oct. 13, DR's Entrepreneurial Special Interest Group is presenting its third Failure Sessions event. After the success of two Failure Sessions in March and June 2015, this month's event will focus on stories from two Chief Technology Officers and startup founders.
Hear from Aaron Newman, CTO at CloudCheckr Inc. and Steve Schultz, CTO at CrytoLabs, about the challenges they have encountered in their careers and the lessons learned along the way. Newman is a serial entrepreneur, and comes from a long background of successful startups including Techrigy, DbSecure, and Application Security, Inc. Schultz too brings the experience of a startup founder - after co-founding local company Pictometry in 1996 and growing the company to more than 300 employees.
If you are a startup participant, entrepreneur, investor, ecosystem contributor, or someone who loves a good story, join us and help make failure a regular topic of discussion on the road to achieving startup success.
The Failure Sessions will begin with open bar cocktails, light snacks, and networking at 6:00 p.m. at The Penthouse on One East Avenue in Rochester. Storytelling begins promptly at 7:00 p.m. Register online at: Tickets are $15 for DR members and $20 for non-members. Entrepreneurs and start-ups can attend for free using promo code STARTUP.



About Digital Rochester


Digital Rochester was founded in 2000 and is made up of professionals and companies working together to strengthen the Greater Rochester Area's technology business community. DR events and community services include a wide array of educational and networking activities designed to support the growth and success of the Rochester business community. 


In 2010, the organization grew with the inclusion of the Association for Women in Computing (AWC) and eBusiness Association (eBA). In 2012, DR entered into a strategic alliance with Greater Rochester Enterprise (GRE). This alliance enhances DR's ability to support the Greater Rochester Region's business community.

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