If you want to succeed, you’ve got to be okay to just lose control

“If you want to succeed, you’ve got to be okay to just lose control.” –Alex Ohanian, Co-founder of Reddit

That lesson proved true earlier this week. We canceled our second happy hour event (click here to see our first happy hour) prematurely on Tuesday afternoon (the happy hour was scheduled for Wednesday night). We thought it was the right thing to do because in the midst of Independence Day celebrations we figured no one would come to our Happy Hour. We canceled the event on Facebook five minutes before we saw the event was featured on BetaBeat. The event didn’t technically exist and we already had people buying tickets on Eventbrite. The BetaBeat feature was completely unexpected. We cant believe that we got featured as one of the best tech events to attend in NYC! Unbelievably AWESOME! So we did what startups do, we went with the flow and uncancelled the event. We ended up hosting it at Japanese restaurant DoDompa (If you eat there, have the chicken and fried onions on rice. Everyone at the Happy Hour said it was delicious). The funny thing is that we did not know about that restaurant until last Sunday.

That’s the thing about the startup life, you never know what’s going to happen. Your plans always change. Success comes from your ability to adapt.

(Food and conversation at Dodompa)

(Enjoying dessert at Dessert Truck Works)

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We are glad we had the event because of the networking opportunities it provided. We were able to bring together people from startups, the developing world, the finance world and other sectors. We gave advice and took advice. It was a great learning experience. And the tasty wings didn’t hurt either.

As usual, 50% of the $10 ticket price went to three Global Giving charities. The ticket costs …

bought enough MUAC bands (a simple colour coded band to measure Middle Upper Arm Circumference), to help a Merlin health worker diagnose acute malnutrition in over 500 children.

gave 45 kids in conflict zones EXCEL and WORD training.

– provided a street child with somewhere safe to sleep for two months.

Can you believe that by having just one networking event, we were able to make such a huge impact?

Thanks to everyone that came. We can’t wait to see you at the next happy hour!

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