Category Archive for "SXSW"

Last year's Trilogy Effect panel

SXSW Panel Picker Voting

I don’t have a panel proposed for SXSW-interactive this year, but if you’re looking to support great panels, here are two sources of great lists of panels: 1. A set of panels by Trilogy Alumni, sure to be good speakers

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Unfair Advantages and Recruiting

Back in March, on the SXSW-interactive panel that I participated in, one of the things we talked about was how we recruited top college graduates to Austin back in the ’90’s. It would be easy now to assume that Austin

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Founders Grid: Austin Startups You Must Know About

Nice post from Founders Grid giving a shout out to 50 (Fifty!) startups in Austin that you should know about. Austin is rising as a magnificent hub for tech startups. Not only is Austin host of SXSW Interactive Festival, but

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An Interview with IBM, from #SXSW

While attending SXSW, I did a casual interview with some folks from IBM, who had a large presence in and around the conference this year. From IBM’s perspective the focus was on IBM SoftLayer, IBM Cloud Marketplace, and IBM Bluemix

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Bob Metcalfe, Internet hero, on Austin Startups

Loved this SiliconHills article on Bob Metcalfe and his goals for Austin.   Right down to the picture of him holding forth in a UT classroom, presumably, where he is mentoring University of Texas undergrads and professors on the art of

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Capital Factory, Austin, and Ireland at #SXSW

An interesting trend at SXSW interactive over the last few years has been the increasing presence of delegations from other countries.  It starts with their spaces on the Expo floor- increasingly large, welcoming, and showing off startups from home right

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HuffPo Reveals 14 Powerhouses you Need(ed) to meet at SXSW

Unfortunately Huffington Post didn’t publish this article until SXSW-interactive was nearly complete–  on Monday, March 16th – but they definitely put a good list of great speakers and powerhouses (who happen to be female).  So I guess these are the

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The Trilogy Alumni Effect Recap: Slides and More #sxsw

Sunday morning I and three of my favorite Trilogy Alumni gave a panel discussion on the Killer Network – Trilogy Alumni and their affect on Austin and startups.  If you want to rate our session, use the SXSW Go application,

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A Weird Article about Keeping Austin Weird

This article from the BBC is a strange one.  It is generally positive but it oddly gets certain things exactly right (boots are perfectly good business meeting attire) and other things oddly wrong (no one goes to bastrop for the

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The Trilogy Effect at #SXSWi

It’s been 3 years since Lori Hawkins wrote about the Trilogy Effect in the Austin American-Statesman.  She and anyone else with an SXSW interactive badge will have another opportunity to look behind the curtain of the Trilogy recruiting and networking

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Austin: BBQ Ground Zero.

I might have possibly mentioned this before, but Austin is ground zero for BBQ.  And now there’s a new article to just confirm what I already knew to be true (confirmation bias anyone?). Oh sure, the article has shout-outs to

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The Killer Network: Trilogy Alumni and OTB2014 #SXSW

Trilogy and Entrepreneurialism My first job out of college was at a place in Austin, called Trilogy.  Trilogy, for all its faults, definitely had something special in the water.   Every 18 months or so we pull together an alumni-reunion-meets-unconference for

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Texas Back in Space Port Business

Having spent many years visiting and living in Florida as a kid, hearing that SpaceX is locating their commercial spaceport in southern Texas brings back memories.  Memories of seeing night time Space Shuttle launches from I-95.  I hope I’ll be

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The Best Incubators

Interesting Techcrunch / Crunchbase post on the best incubators: Business accelerators like Y Combinator and TechStars have come to occupy a critical geography in the tech landscape, and today two professors are announcing the results of their survey to determine

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So this just happened… Spredfast acquires Mass Relevance

I have some good friends and former colleagues at both Spredfast and Mass Relevance, and merging them into one company is going to make it a force to reckon with: AUSTIN, TX APRIL 02, 2014 – Spredfast, the leading provider

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Emerging Austin, Thinktiv’s Perspective

I love the perspective reflected in Thinktiv’s blog post on growth financing in Austin, and the evolution of Austin itself: Every year around this time, SXSW provides us with a reliable checkpoint for measuring the growth and evolution of Austin.

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#SXSW2014 Day 4: Culture, BitCoins, Encryption, and Networking

Day 4 started out with Houndstooth coffee and a dose of culture – specifically, a panel with three culture agents in Austin – Eric Falcao of Mass Relevance, Liz Elam of Link Coworking, and Matt Chasen of uShip.  Immediate problem:

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#SXSW2014 Day 3: Inspired by Science, Sliders, and Socializing

On Day 3, I braved the Daylight Savings change and made it to the first sessions at 9:30am.  Only to find myself in a session that lasted only 20 minutes, on the death of VC’s as we know it. More

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#SXSW2014 Day 2: Gravity Exists Whether or not you Believe in it

Day 2 of SXSW came in wet and cold.  And it got wetter as the day went on. The first session focused on the future of networked humans, and the second session I attended as a pretty thoughtful framework for

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Nerdpocalypse is Back and Better than Ever #SXSW

After the Icepocalypse (Austinites and icy weather do not mix) and the beginning of the Mopacolypse (construction on Austin’s 2nd most-clogged artery, Mopac), comes the Nerdpocalypse – when all the SXSW-interactive attendees descend on Austin’s hotels and downtown scene for

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The Sonic (Economic) Boom that is SXSW

An article in the Austin Business Journal makes it clear what a huge impact SXSW has on Austin: In all, SXSW drove $218.2 million into the Austin economy, according to an economic analysis of the event. That figure includes $88.3

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#SXSW Day 4: Running on Fumes

NLP to Starships Day 4 of SXSW was one last blur of sessions.  I started out with something perhaps too cerebral for my not-quite caffeinated state:  Practical Natural Language Processing.  It was a good primer on the state of things

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#SXSW Day 3 – DOOM, Signal, Noise, and BBQ

Belatedly I’m getting these SXSW recaps posted! On Day 3, the usual SXSW fatigue sets in – people show up a little later, and the time change (Daylight Savings) doesn’t help!  I started with Houndstooth Coffee – not sure I

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Austin and Living in the Live Music Capital of the World #sxsw

If you lived on the beach and never went swimming in the ocean, are you really living?  If you live in Austin and never listen to live music, are you really living? Two articles recently call to mind the expectations

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#SXSW Day 2: Reconnecting with Inspiration

There are so many people who are jaded about the SXSW experience.  I can understand that. It is overwhelming in its size and scope as it spreads out in Austin’s Downtown area. And some people don’t like to be mixed

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#SXSW 2013 Day 1

Day 1 of SXSW 2013 is in the books.  It was a pretty good day.  For me, it started back in the office – with a view of downtown but too far to walk.  Conference calls started at 8:30am –

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The Nerdpocalypse Returns #sxsw

Here we are, on the eve of the Nerdpocalypse (aka South-by-Southwest), which occurs every year in Austin about this time.  It is almost hard to remember that this started with a music festival and that the interactive part almost happened

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“Austin” Food You Must Try During #SXSW

You’ve been to SXSW before – and you’ve done the Salt Lick run, you’ve eaten at various trailer eateries, and maybe had a few too many “passed appetizer” dinners… So I thought I’d recommend a few places that, to me,

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Question Answered: Why Do I Go to SXSW-Interactive?

Question asked, question answered: The 2013 South By Southwest Interactive Festival has landed one of the mind behind a space startup and an electric sports car manufacturer as one of its four keynote speakers. Billionaire Elon Musk is CEO and

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Best BBQ in the Country

Anthony Bourdain says that Austin has the best barbeque in the country.  Who am I to argue? Yeah. I know. Bold words. Especially coming from a guy who has said many times that North Carolina whole hog style is his

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Visual Thinking and BPM

While at SXSW I attended a session titled “Shut Up & Draw: A Non-Artist Way to Think Visually“, which any BPM practitioner could have related to.  Sunni Brown, Jessica Hagy, and Dan Roam ran the session, and had some great

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I'll Tell You Who Won SXSW this Year: Austin

Nobody “Won”… PandoDaily columnist Erin Griffith’s post The Year Nobody “Won” SXSW is a good read.  Really good.  Just like all of her other work on daily recaps at SXSW(Tuesday’s recap included the CNN+Mashable rumor for example).  She’s right that

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Twitter and Conferences: Terrible?

Philip Bump of Pando Daily says that tweets from conferences are terrible: This is why Tweets from conferences are so terrible. (I’m talking to you, South by Southwest.) The point of a conference is to gather people for presentation and

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If Your [Startup|Company|Firm|Team] is Actually Good…

Business Insider posits that if your startup is actually “good”, you don’t have time for SXSW.  The basic message is that SXSW is essentially a low-return investment in partying, and that focusing on the startup is the right thing to

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Austin’s Trilogy Effect: OTB

Lori Hawkins has written the first article in many years about the many Trilogy Alumni that are circulating in Austin, and in startup circles.  It’s the most in-depth article about Trilogy’s affect on Austin that I’ve seen to-date.  Sometimes referred

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The Nerdpocolypse Cometh 2012

Last year we wrote about the coming Nerdpocolypse in Austin.  Most of what I wrote there is true today.  SXSW grew again last year, and is expected to grow again this year by 20% or so.  Once again it is

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Fun Advice for SXSW Launches

Since SXSW is about to start, another short post on SXSW launches… Larry Chiang’s article “How to Launch your Startup at SXSW for Only $217″ illustrates his best and worst – funny and irreverent, but also (in my view) unlikely

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SXSWi Resources: 2012 Edition

Every year more Austin companies get into the act of providing good SXSW resources to help visitors and regulars navigate the ever-expanding menu of sessions, parties, side parties, after-parties, and musical acts. Some of my favorite resources: GSD&Ms SXSW survival

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Austin: We're Doing All Right

Before I get to the point of this post, let me give some background: Economic Backdrop Last week I attended the Angelou Economics Annual Forecast in Austin.  I’ve attended for the last few years and found it to be immensely

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Four AustinStartup Articles

AustinStartup has posted three four articles recently about startups and the SXSW scene that is coming in March, worth a quick read to catch up on what’s coming, and what’s going on in the world of startups here. First, Austin-based

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SXSW: Startup Village + Lean Startup SXSW = Value

The highlight (for me) of last year’s SXSW-interactive conference was the Lean Startup SXSW – a whole day of planned content, mainly in one room (in the AT&T executive center) focused on the idea of “the lean startup”.  Eric Ries

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SXSW-interactive's Sessions are Posted

SXSWi has one of the more interesting content picking processes I’ve seen for a conference.  It has turned into a well-oiled machine, and it is, in my opinion, responsible for allowing SXSWi to reinvent and remain relevant (even more relevant)

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SXSWi's Content Picking Process

SXSW-interactive fully exposes its process for selecting panels and sessions to attendees. I’m not sure what the genesis of this crowd-sourced way of planning content was, but the effect is remarkable. It starts with nominating ideas.  Then there’s a round

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Steve Blank SXSWi: New Rules for the New Bubble

Steve Blank was the star speaker among an incredibly strong cast of speakers at the Lean Startup sessions at SXSW-interactive.  The room was packed, and SXSW volunteers were keeping more people out in the halls to obey fire codes.  There

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Mark Suster on SXSWi and the Mind Meld

I was pretty surprised at how impressed Mark Suster was with SXSW-interactive.  I mean, I understand why it was such a great experience for me and many others in my shoes, but I admit to feeling that, surely for VCs

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Lean Startup SXSW: Introduction

I need to write a post explaining why the Lean Startup has relevance to BPM, in a logical, specific way.  But before I do that, I want to get the raw impressions and data I’ve collected from watching sessions at

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Good SXSW Content Resources

Following SXSW-interactive, I found I had a collection of interesting bookmarks to resources from the conference.  I thought I’d share with everyone else who might (or might not) be interested : First, we have everything tagged with SXSW on Slideshare. 

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Parting Thoughts on SXSW-interactive and Shark-Jumping

Is this Shark too big to Jump? Every year, attendees of SXSW ask if it has “jumped the shark” – usually a reference to out-of-control attendance, but also often used in reference to its growing appeal to “mainstream” audiences, sponsors,

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SXSW Day 4. Randomness Meets Substance

Day 4 started off right, and got better from there.  Parking was quick, and coffee in hand I strolled into Ballroom D just as Craig Venter was starting to talk about synthetic life.  I whipped out my iPad2 and started

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SXSW Day 3. Running on Fumes

I was struggling Sunday morning, Day 3 of SXSW 2011.  I wasn’t the only one.  The universe had played a cruel joke on all of us and put US Daylight savings leap forward in the middle of SXSW-interactive.    Which of

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