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Fuckup Book

Fuckup Book The Fuckup Book is inspired by the Fuckup Manifesto we created to help people break free from 24 key stigmas surrounding failure. For each we wrote a short reflective piece, commissioned a funky illustration and crafted a guided activity to break free from...

Fuckup Nights Manifesto

Fuckup Nights Manifesto In ode to a growing movement that has reached from bustling cities, to rural towns, we want to share with you how we created our Manifesto, something that has inspired the Fuckup Book, workshops, activities, challenges and other great things...

What is the Global Failure Index?

What is the Global Failure Index? With Fuckup Nights we built the world’s most active movement of creators. Now we’re building the most comprehensive business failure data platform: the Global Failure Index.   It's a friendly and interactive map featuring...

Hello From Bankruptcy

  A close friend of the Fuckup Nights team had a failed business, that experience, rather than being all doom and gloom, taught him some valuable lessons. Here’s what he shared with us: Main lessons: 1. The beauty and power of every single act of kindness and support...

The Fuckuppers´ Fuck Ups

  Every month we get people up on a stage to share their professional failures in front of a crowd full of strangers. To make something like that happen, it requires a lot of work from behind the scenes by some talented, passionate people, 315 of them, to be exact -...

Get up on the Fuckup Nights stage

  Every month, hundreds of human beings share their professional failure stories on the Fuckup stage. A stage that can be in a bar, a theatre, a church, a co-working space or a park - it doesn’t matter.  What matters are the stories; whether the Fuckup Nights speaker...

Failure story: The drink that burst the bubble

Meet Miguel, a 36-year old Ecuadorian economist who wanted to leave his long-term job. Unfortunately, as the only member of his household with a monthly stable income, quitting was a luxury he just couldn't afford. Until he got fired... “I didn’t bravely quit as I...

Failure story: What the food!

We’d like to introduce you to Ekaterina and Nina - two top performers  from the world of investment banking and strategy consulting (respectively). Having met at university, years later while living and working in Zurich and Frankfurt at the time, they decided to quit...

Festivals and research team up

Festivals and research team up We had the honor of working again with Europe's Business Festival for Innovation and Digitization, better known as CeBIT. The adventure began last year when we approached attendees at CeBIT and learned about their past experiences. The...

He shoots, he (doesn’t) score

  He shoots, he (doesn't) score It’s July and that means the World Cup is in full swing. And like any football fans, it’s been dominating our office conversations. So we thought, why not look at some of our favorite World Cup fails? 1994, USA Brazil vs Italy Final In...

Incoming message from the future​

⚡ Bzzt ⚡ incoming message from the future We’ve officially hit the half-way point for the year, and what a year it has been! Thank you all for being part of this extended family and pushing forward in your local community to help others live life without...

The Failure Institute’s Data Partners

The Failure Institute's Data Partners As Fuckup Nights and the Failure Institute keep growing, we have learned by experience the power of working with others in pursuit of common goals. Nothing is as rewarding as an achieved objective where multiple actors...

The fuckup posters

Curious about what the first Fuckup Nights flyers and banners looked like? Check ’em out right here!

Some Of Our Best Quotes

Over the course of these past few years talking about failure, we’ve come across a lot of really great quotes that embody the spirit of Fuckup Nights - and what we believe. Today, we’d like to share a few of them with you. Some quotes remind us...

Rudyard Kipling: How To Be A Man

Rudyard Kipling: How To Be A ManOr much better said: How to be a person. For the times they are a-changin' (Finally!).  Anyways, we wanted to share with you this poem by Rudyard Kipling. We find it to be very inspiring, and connected to what we value at Fuckup.   If …...

A Note on What We’re Not

A Note on What We’re Not With Fuckup Nights happening in over 250 cities around the world, the event can mean a lot of different things to different people. Everyone has a reason for attending, or speaking at an event, and so Fuckup Nights can potentially...

6 Lessons We Have Learned From Failures

6 Lessons We Have Learned From Failure Stories In the last 5 years, we’ve been very lucky to hear the most diverse, fun, authentic and weird stories of failure around the world. And today we’d like to share with you the 6 key things for a great Fuckup Nights...

3 ideas that the Global Failure Index challenged last year

3 ideas that the Global Failure Index challenged last year Last year we decided to create the biggest and most diverse data platform of failed businesses in the world: the Global Failure Index. Using geolocation and detailed descriptions of profiles and...

How Did We Change The Way We Do Email

How Did We Change The Way We Do Email We’re using SendGrid for free and we freaking love it. It’s been over a year now since we joined the SendGrid Startup program Accelerate which provided Fuckup Nights with a free account for our monthly newsletters and...

7 Books To Help You Fail With Style In 2018

Here are 7 books we read in 2017 that deeply influence how and what we think. Their main subjects are very aligned with what Fuckup is and with the things we value: Philosophy and main principles Overcoming difficulty with a growth mindset Businesses that...

Fuckup Nights New Years Resolution 

FuckUp Nights New Years Resolution    Ahh January, the time of New Year's resolutions that we all drop two weeks into the year. We’re looking at you, annual gym membership. But this year, as an organization, we’d like to take back the New Years...

Don’t Follow Your Passion

A few years ago I wanted to be like Mark Zuckerberg. I wanted to be that person that changes the world, that uses technology to improve people’s lives and democratize information.  Plus, my dad was born and raised in a tiny town in the poorest state of Mexico, wasn’t...

The Failure Institute is fucking up the system!

The Failure Institute is fucking up the system! Last month The Failure Institute presented its latest research: Public policy recommendations in the light of business failure at the Mexican Chamber of Deputies. After a year-long research where we had access to over...

The words you use are making you stupid, here’s some advice

  Disruptive innovation. Fostering entrepreneurs. MVP this and pivot that! The startup scene is permeated with buzzwords whose original meaning, if it ever existed, has been bastardized, forgotten or disregarded completely. It’s full of pointless events, stupid...

How to know if it’s time to quit your job

How To Know If It's Time To Quit Your Job If you opened this article it’s time to quit your job. Think about it. Now, here are some resources that might help you: ReWork. Find meaningful work. HirePurpose. Find a career you will love. Bwork. The world's largest impact...

Fuckup Book

Fuckup Book The Fuckup Book is inspired by the Fuckup Manifesto we created to help people break free from 24 key stigmas surrounding failure. For each we wrote a short reflective piece, commissioned a funky illustration and crafted a guided activity to break free from...

The history of the word “fuckup”

[Content from Nancy of Strong Language: Original post]   The history of the word “fuckup” When it comes to describing failure, bungling, or omnishambles attributable to human incompetence or idiocy, nothing’s as succinct or as damning as fuckup. Or, surprisingly, as...

Artificial Intelligence’s Galileo moment

Artificial Intelligence’s Galileo moment In 2017 Artificial Intelligence (AI) will redefine the possibilities of research and academia. Some doomsayers assume that most human employees will soon be replaced by smart machines. But I think that AI techniques...

We turn 5

  We turn 5!   This month Fuckup Nights turns 5 years old and it's been an amazing ride. We’re now in 238 cities in 78 countries and growing to new cities each and every day. A lot has gone right but we wouldn’t be who we are if we didn’t share what goes wrong. We...

Fuckup Nights Manifesto

Fuckup Nights Manifesto In ode to a growing movement that has reached from bustling cities, to rural towns, we want to share with you how we created our Manifesto, something that has inspired the Fuckup Book, workshops, activities, challenges and other great things...

Our Values

Our Values It all started with a group of five friends drinking mezcal. A considerable amount of it. Leti asked why everyone always talks about the Zuckerbergs and Gates of the world, but no one shares candid stories of failure. With the liquid courage of a few...

What is the Global Failure Index?

What is the Global Failure Index? With Fuckup Nights we built the world’s most active movement of creators. Now we’re building the most comprehensive business failure data platform: the Global Failure Index.   It's a friendly and interactive map featuring...

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