2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

Early, Cheap & Often: Failure as a Key to Success

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We read stories of business failures every day—foolhardy CEOs driving a company into the ground, or startups never finding their footing. As an entrepreneur, failure will inevitably make an appearance in your story, too. Whether it serves as the prologue to a long and booming business or acts as the catalyst for a gut wrenching finale is up to you. In the end, it’s not a matter of if, but how you fail that makes all the difference.

Early. Cheap. Often.

Come hear how three Austin startups used trial and error to their advantage as they share tips on how to take your biggest fear and turn it into tangible results.



Evan Baehr



Evan is cofounder of Outbox, the snail mail disruptor turned stealth pivot, debuting in summer 2014. He's a former Facebook, hedge funder, and politico, and graduate of Harvard, Princeton, and Yale.


Lawson Boothe

CEO & Co-Founder

Vital Interaction

Lawson is co-founder and CEO of Vital Interaction, a patient engagement platform for medical practices. This is his second successful start-up. He is a husband, father, programmer, lover of any type of business and has an Acton MBA.

Nate Little

Pres & Founder



Robin Bruce


Acton School of Business

Robin is CEO of the Acton School of Business, a boutique entrepreneurial bootcamp in Austin, TX committed to developing principled entrepreneurs who will change the world.

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