June 13, 2016

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Lisa Doerner



Digital Rochester's Entrepreneurial Special Interest Group (SIG) Presents The Failure Sessions
Experienced entrepreneurs share how failure and success are natural partners  
Rochester, N.Y. The Failure Sessions, presented by Digital Rochester's (DR) Entrepreneurial SIG is a storytelling event that embraces and celebrates failure as a learning tool. The event will be held June 22, at the Downstairs Cabaret Theatre starting at 6 p.m.
The Failure Sessions event series invite some of the region's most successful entrepreneurs to provide a different perspective on startups. Instead of the glamorous things one may read about starting a business, The Failure Sessions will reveal honest accounts of standing face-to-face with failure, and coming out on the other side.
The upcoming event will feature:
  • Dick Kaplan, CEO of Torvec, previously Pictometry
  • Ron Wille, Jr., CEO of One Down Consulting, previously BlackTab Group. 
Listen to their stories as they explain what went wrong, and how it affected them professionally, financially and emotionally. Comments at this event are off the record. 

Startup participants, entrepreneurs, and investors can expect to discover how startups require fortitude, perseverance and a willingness to make and learn from mistakes.
The Failure Sessions on June 22 will begin at 6 p.m. with a networking hour, complimentary appetizers, and cash bar featuring beer, wine and soft drinks, at the Downstairs Cabaret Theatre, 20 Windsor St., Rochester, NY 14605. Storytelling begins at 7 p.m. 

Tickets are $15 for DR members, $20 for non-members and free for startups using promo code: STARTUP. To register for the event, go to



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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