Fuckup Nights Seattle – Volume 8!


Introducing our Fuckup Nights Seattle v8 Speakers!

Come hear their fuckups at ATLAS Workbase, Wednesday June 13 at 6:15! Grab your tix here.

Tori Dunlap

Tori Dunlap - Fuckup Nights

Tori started her first business at age nine, and landed a job as the head of digital marketing for a global brand before turning 22. A digital marketer, blogger, and entrepreneur, she is the founder of Victori Media — personal finance and career for the ambitious millennial woman. Obsessed with finding cheap flights, reading a good book in the bathtub, and you.

Vince Cavin

Vince Cavin - Fuckup Nights

Vince is a tech veteran, starting his career as a video game designer in Silicon Valley. His passion is to create places, events, and programs that bring together various communities that celebrate innovation, creativity, and diversity. He’s won awards for his placemaking ventures and part of the founding team for the world’s first startup crowdfunding festival, One Spark. He is currently building a startup training program at Seattle’s tech workspace, SURF Incubator.

Mallory Erickson

Mallory Erickson - Fuckup Nights

In 2009, Mallory traveled to Managua, Nicaragua to volunteer with a small jewelry cooperative formed by residents of the local trash dump.  Despite having zero business experience, she was put in charge of the cooperative and spent the next five years leading design, production, marketing, and sales.  This incredibly exciting and difficult experience inspired Mallory to return to Seattle and pursue her MBA.  She has spent each passing quarter reflecting on all of the things she should have done differently.

Sheri LaVigne

Sheri LaVigne Fuckup Nights

Sheri was Seattle’s local Cheese Vixen. She brought the magic of cheese with a side of Brooklyn to the Emerald City for 6 fantastic years.  She now tells stories and herds cats for a living. She is the producer of Dirty Little Secrets, a Storytelling event dedicated to everything from bad dates to sexy misadventures, and everything in between – every 4th Thursday at the Grotto in the Rendezvous.


FuckUp Nights Seattle Speakers: Bryan Copley

Bryan Copley - CityBldr
Bryan Copley – CityBldr

Bryan Copley lost $5 million dollars. That’s right folks, Bryan shared this amazing story with us back in November 2016. As you can read in his speaker bio on our blog, Bryan founded CityBldr, a disruptive real estate company in Seattle.

As many other aspiring entrepreneurs, Bryan decided to launch his idea while downscaling his lifestyle so he could bootstrap his company.

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Bryan started meeting with several VCs. The process was confusing, messy, and of course very complicated. It was especially interesting, as Bryan tells it, how VCs will more easily invest in your startup only if there are other investors lined up as well. Sort of like a chicken-and-the-egg situation.

So, as VCs became interested in CityBldr, they slowly walked away from the idea, except one VC that was offering to invest $5M in Bryan’s company. You would think this was a great opportunity, and indeed it was. The investor called Bryan and gave him the great news. He was also curious about knowing who else was interested and how much they were offering. This was the pivotal point for Bryan. He had two options:

  1. Tell the truth: there was no other investor. This, of course, posed a major risk: losing this VCs investment
  2. Lie and get the investment

Guess what Bryan’s decision was?

Meet Our FuckUp Nights Seattle Vol.2 Speakers

It isn’t a FuckUp night if there are no speakers. So, behold our lineup!

Kim Flanery-Rye
Creative Director, Yesler

Kim brings nearly 20 years of experience in art, design, communication, training, marketing and management. Kim leads and directs a growing team of more than 40 creative minds, who deliver quality work for her clients in the fast-paced B2B marketing world. Prior to joining Yesler, Kim provided leadership coaching and guidance for executives across the finance organizations for communication strategy and execution at T-Mobile. She also owns an award winning retail boutique and gallery supporting over 140 local artist and designers.

Bryan Copley
Co-Founder and CEO, CityBldr

Bryan is the CEO of CityBldr, a disruptive real estate tech company that uses AI to determine the best use of every piece of land. His team has found $38B in underutilized real estate in Seattle alone, and has 300 real estate developers using their product and over 3000 property owners registered in King County. He served as both a member and Chair of the Corporate Committee at the Seattle Symphony, and as an advisor to several startups, including Triangul8, Botana and Storm Sensor. Bryan has worked in real estate since 2004 and founded 3 real estate companies, and is excited to share his FuckUps!

Priya Sinha Cloutier
Principal Attorney, Cloutier Global

Founded by Priya Cloutier, Cloutier Global is a full services Intellectual Property Firm. After working for large law firms, Priya chose to pursue her passion of working with start-ups and emerging companies helping them build their business. Priya’s background is in Nuclear Engineering. Prior to becoming a lawyer, she spent many years developing methods to measure and manage nuclear and chemical waste. She has worked at Los Alamos National Engineering Laboratories, Idaho National Engineering Laboratories, and Hanford. Priya’s engineering experience helped her find a passion for clean technologies and energy, economic improvement, and bringing new ideas to the world.

Ben Weagraff
Founder and CEO, Saffron Key

Ben’s patent applications in the area of “Shared Customer Relationship Management” allow small businesses to uncover new customer insights and drive new revenue streams. This twist on existing methodologies was borne out of his research into enterprise CRM and his time as a small business owner. Historically, Ben is a business consultant and economist. He is currently in the throes of raising money and finding employees for his first startup, and he can’t wait to share the experience.

Remember to register via Eventbrite, download the app or print out your ticket to show at the door. We’ll be waiting on Thursday, November 17th from 6:00pm to 8:30pm at:

WeWork Seattle

Holyoke Building

107 Spring St

Seattle, WA