Learn From Stories Of Entrepreneurial Failure This Wed., Nov. 16 At The CL Space

Fuckup Nights is a global movement born in Mexico in 2012 to share publicly business failure stories. Hundreds of people attend each event to hear three to four entrepreneurs share their failures. Each storyteller is given 7 minutes and use 10 images with a question/answer session. Why? Because the majority of professionals don't create the "project of the year" in their first attempt, and because stats show, we learn more from stories of failure than from stories of success.

Our Storytellers...


Paul Prato | Creative Director | PP+K ~ The Puppeteer
When it comes to telling brand stories, whatever the idea calls for Paul obliges. That's meant everything from art, photography, and film to original music and motion graphics. He splits his time between doing it himself with his amazingly talented teams and hiring someone way better to bring it to life (learning from them in the process). It comes down to Paul's philosophy of creative that serves the concept using whatever means necessary. Paul created the "Hostess Celebrates 90 Years" ad giving the legendary cake a rebrand and refresh while showing the history and equity in the brand. The ad won a National Addy's Award and received press in numerous industry creative and advertising publications. 

Dulani Porter | Executive VP | SPARK ~ The Siren
As EVP, Dulani is responsible for the development of strategic planning, brand development and marketing initiatives on behalf of SPARK’s clients. She works with the agency’s brand, creative, technology, social and integrated media teams to craft strategies that help clients create holistic, measurable and effective solutions to help move their businesses forward. In addition to strategy development for the agency’s clients, she is also responsible for overseeing agency operations and financial management. 

Rob McCormick | VP & Executive Creative Director | Schifino Lee ~ The Original
Rob’s work in advertising has gone from extreme sports to big tobacco, healthcare to casinos, and from tourism to tech start-ups. His deep client experience includes award-winning work for many brands, such as First Watch, Tijuana Flats, ABC Fine Wine and Spirits, Orange Blossom Brewery, Rosen Hotels, Orlando Museum of Art, Camp Boggy Creek, Orlando Sentinel, Electronic Arts, Crayola Experience, Discover the Palm Beaches, Bags, Experience Kissimmee, Disney Cruise Lines, Caesar’s Palace, Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos, Bright House Networks and Stein Mart. Also, his teams have been recognized by the YoungGuns, One Club, Cannes Lions, The Henry Awards, Adrian Awards, Clios Awards, American Advertising Federation, Print, Communication Arts, Graphis, Pixel Awards, and Webby Awards.

Alex Abell | Sr. Marketing Strategist | Bisk ~ The ShapeShifter
By day, Alex is the Sr. Marketing Strategist for the corporate learning team at Bisk where he specializes in traditional and digital marketing strategy with a strong background in conversion optimization, UX research, event marketing, and multimedia creation. By night, Alex is the Membership Director for Ad 2 Tampa Bay, which makes him responsible for attracting and shaping the next generation of advertising leaders in the Tampa Bay area. He has influenced the marketing strategies for Verizon, Expedia, Bose, New York Times, Capital One and a handful of local businesses. Alex has also dabbled in the entrepreneurial arena, owning a successful shop and blog before graduating college. His truest passion lies in the space where technology and human experiences overlap. 

We love great stories, that's why at every event we open the floor to anyone who has a mini or epic professional fuckup to share...we're all ears. The best fuck-up story will win a grand prize which includes a FuckUp Nights T-shirt, bottle of Kozuba & Sons spirit, a $25 CL Deals Certificate and 2 tickets to the Pumpkin Spice Downtown Tampa Pub Crawl powered by Kyngo. The winner is selected by votes from our storytellers and the audience. 

Complimentary cocktails by Kozuba & Sons Distillery
Enjoy tasty libations by St Petersburgh craft distillery, Kozuba & Sons.

FuckUp Nights T-Shirt...
Razzle dazzle in a snazzy FUN T-shirt...you know you want one to wear to the event. To buy go here and choose a size:
http://fuckupnights.com/tampa-bay or select the "Combo Package" ticket on Eventbrite.

On Tap...
Beer and wine cash bar & complimentary cocktail tasting
6pm - 6:30pm ~ Grab a drink and start mingling
6:30pm - 8pm ~ Storytellers + Q & A, peppered with Open Mic FuckUps Competition
Venue + Digital Media Sponsor ~ Creative Loafing

Lots of Love to our Sponsors + Community Partners:
American Advertising Federation Tampa Bay
Creative Loafing / CL Space
Berlin Grey Creative Design
Tocobaga Consulting
Cigar City Comedy
Kozuba & Sons St. Petersburg Craft Distillery
Tampa Bay Technology Forum
Ad2 Tampa Bay
Kyngo