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YPA: Failing to Succeed - How Successful Entrepreneurs Turn Around Failures

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

May 19, 2015



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Failure, however great or small, is a reality for entrepreneurs. One third of new businesses close within two years of operation. And only one out of four remains open within 15 years of operation. While most entrepreneurs do not try again, those who do can draw valuable lessons from their past failures – which pave the way for future successes. History shows that the success rate of serial entrepreneurs increases in relationship to their number of past failures.

This Internet Week New York, join the YPA and Grand Central Tech for a conversation on being at rock bottom in business – and the climb to the top. Panelists from the U.S., Europe, and Latin America will discuss lessons learned and compare different environments for start-ups.

Welcome Remarks:

  • Eddie Cullen, Community Manager, Grand Central Tech
  • Patrick McGuinnis, Member, YPA Steering Committee; Managing Partner, Dirigo Advisors

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Leonardo Miron, NYC Co-Founder, Failure Institute
  • Laura Moreno Cabanillas, CEO, Avanza Growth
  • John Qualter, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer, BioDigital, Inc.
  • Moderator: Ash Kirvan, Partner, Polymath Ventures


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Ash Kirvan

Partner, Polymath Ventures

Ash Kirvan is a Partner at Polymath Ventures, a company builder launching high-growth ventures for Latin America. Kirvan is an experienced company director and early-stage advisor, having served in a number of non-executive director roles, as well as providing governance for Polymath Ventures' portfolio companies.

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Patrick McGinnis

Managing Partner, Dirigo Advisors

Patrick McGinnis is the managing partner of Dirigo Advisors. He is an active angel investor in Latin America and the United States, with investments including NXTP Labs, ipsy, WeHostels, Bunny Inc., and Bluesmart. Prior to founding Dirigo, he was a vice president of PineBridge Investments, where he invested in fast-growing companies in China, Colombia, Ecuador, Pakistan, and Turkey. He started his career on the Latin America team at J.P. Morgan Partners (formerly Chase Capital Partners) where he invested in businesses such as and MercadoLibre.

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Leonardo Miron

Co-Founder, Failure Institute

Leonardo Miron is the NYC co-founder of Failure Institute. He is a Mexican entrepreneur born and raised in Europe. After pursuing a career in international politics in the Mexican Foreign Service, he moved back to Mexico and created Crescendi, a foundation focused on music for social good. He is currently focused on Omnitutor, a marketplace for online tutoring based in Mexico. He is involved in the organization of events, such as StartupWeekend and Fuckup Nights, and advises startups focused on the Latin American market.

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Laura Moreno

CEO, Avanza Growth

Laura Moreno is an entrepreneur with more than 15 years of experience in growth hacking, business development, sales, consulting services, and international trade. She is also the founder and CEO of Avanza Growth (, a business advisory firm based in New York. Originally from Spain, she started her first company in Istanbul, Turkey in 2010, recently expanding to Brazil and the United States.

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John Qualter

Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer, BioDigital, Inc.

John Qualter is the co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of BioDigital, Inc., where he leads digital content creation of the BioDigital Human, and directs the delivery of platform solutions for clients in the device, pharmaceutical, and communications industries. He is a pioneer in the field of biomedical visualization, promoting the implementation of web-based 3D media in the healthcare industry.

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