In 2020 we celebrated our 8th Anniversary in a land where failure is not hidden.
Time To Imagine New Utopias
Everytime we’re asked about the day Fuckup Nights was born, we tend to reply automatically with the same well-rehearsed response: “It was a Friday night in 2012, in a bar in Mexico City where, after several mezcales, five drunken friends….” You probably know the rest of the story, if you don’t, make sure you check it out here.
People are surprised when they find out we’re not the kind of company that originated in a garage and, even more shocked when they realize the nation the movement originated from.
We turned 8, in the middle of a global pandemic, and during a dark period of uncertainty for the events industry. For this anniversary campaign we came up with some ideas to celebrate but none of them felt right.
How can we celebrate 8 years during such a chaotic and dystopian year?
And that’s where the Fuckup Nation was born. In the dystopian future that is 2020, the future that inspired many books and movies of the past, we realized that we’re capable of changing everything. Now is the time to imagine more futures and utopias, to draw new horizons.
In a world where failure is not hidden… What would the history books say? What would resumes look like? What would our Instagram feeds be like? What would make us feel like failures?
We imagined the Fuckup Nation as a canvas to imagine an utopical land where failure has a different meaning. We even imagined what a day in this fictional nation would be like.
WHAT DOES A DAY LOOK LIKE FOR A FUCKUP CITIZEN?
In addition to the nation where Fuckup Nights was originated, and the 80 countries we’re present in; the Fuckup Nation is a virtual land which everyone can be part of. The utopia we see materialize slowly everytime a speaker gets onto the stage to share a painful story of failure and when a CEO opens up to their staff at one of the Private Events we organize for companies.
For this Fuckup Nation edition we had the honour to welcome amazing speakers from all over the globe. Hap Klopp, told us about that time, before becoming the founder of The North Face, how his startup failed because of a lack of objectives, culture and vision. Marcus Dantus, CEO of Startup Mexico and shark from Shark Tank Mexico surprised us with a story about a crazy business that originated with buying random web domains and ended up in chaos. Nina Hastie, South African actress and comedian opened up about the hard times celebrities go through when drugs, alcohol and parties take over. Pepe Villatoro, Fuckup Nights Co-founder (one of the 5 drunken friends) and CEO of Fuckup Inc shared with us the struggles of being an event based company in the middle of a global pandemic and crisis in the events industry. Vanni Oddera, FMX rider, shared a story of great resilience and how the global pandemic interrupted his Moto Therapy project.
Below you’ll find their full length talks (in case you missed their stories), plus special content, interviews and an odd tale about the utopia we aim to create by sharing the failure.
Thank you for always being there. For sharing some laughs and failures at our events during these 8 amazing years.
CEO STARTUP MEXICO
The North Face Founder
CEO Fuckup Inc
FUCKUP NATION MIGRATION OFFICE
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In this playlist are the songs that our citizens listen to when they are having a Fuckup Moment. Use it wisely.