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#CMPTO Tech Forum Edition : #FAIL and Learn

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Today's rapid rate of technological change has led to product development happening in quicker iterations. But it's rare to hit on a successful formula without a few failures first. In fact, failure can deliver valuable insights on what does and doesn't work... and why.

It's time to stop fearing failure and instead embrace it as a necessary part of the path to success. Failure is not "the end"... it's an opportunity to learn and grow. So, we're asking our speakers to tell all about their own experiences with failed experiments and what they learned. Perhaps they'll even be able to show us how to take some of the risk out of failure...

This very special BNC Tech Forum edition of CMPTO goes out to all of us who have failed and, more importantly, to all of us who have tried.

Our speakers are:

Meghan MacDonald : Digital Project Manager at Penguin Random House Canada will talk about managing risk in digital product development and how publishers can learn just as much from their traditional business as they can from start-up culture.

Richard Nash ( : indie publishing entrepreneur -- VP, Partnerships at Byliner, founder of Cursor, publisher of Red Lemonade, VP of Community and Content at Small Demons, starter of fires.

Tricia McCraney : Ottawa-based publishing consultant working where books and technology meet.

Michael Ciccone : Director of Collections at Hamilton Public Library

When a made-in-Canada eBook lending technology solution didn't stack up, Canada's independent publishers and public libraries changed tracks. Here's how we took the great leap sideways.

Tony O'Donoghue : Director UX Design (Web, Mobile) at Kobo Inc. talks about his forays into social reading, and the plot twists that accompany feature development for a very, very large user base.