In 2009, the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive coordinators decided to carve out a corner of the conference where those people interested in start-ups, emerging technology, and entrepreneurship could gather. At the time, this wasn’t necessarily a popular move. For years the conference focused on emerging technologies, media, and creative endeavors. The thought of turning… Read More

Every year, South by Southwest Interactive changes for me. When I first started coming in the mid-1990s, I wrote about music and stumbled upon technology. By 1998, I’d largely abandoned the music conference for what we now call Interactive. I was a journalist, then a moderator, then a panelist, and now I’m a mixture of… Read More


*A note of introduction and hello to all who arrived from the SXSW Interactive website. They asked me a few questions, I answered, and they published this far-too-kind blurb. The lesson: Always make friends with the organizers! Enjoy the read.* Greetings Earthlings. Last year, I wrote a handy little survival guide for attendees of Austin’s… Read More

Christmas 1995, I left Cincinnati and set about my adventure into the real world. I had $2,000, no job, and no place to live. That seemed about right. I was down to my last $5 when I got two jobs on the same day: barback at Planet Austin on 6th Street and waiter at Trudy’s… Read More

I met this dude in 1996, the year I rolled into Austin. We worked together at Trudy’s. We also became best friends over a bottle of Jameson’s Irish Whiskey while discussing how we’d ended up in Austin. The short story: the women we’d been with decided to not be with us. Good enough: we bonded… Read More


Greetings Earthlings: Nearly twenty years ago, I attended my first South by Southwest conference. At this point in my life, I have no idea about the specifics. I couldn’t tell you what I did and whom I met. All I know is the experience changed my life for the better. I loved the conference –… Read More

There’s simply too much to explain about this place. But nearly everything of interest that happened to me in Austin – and by that I mean nearly everything I will ever commit to the page in this forum – happened at Antone’s, the best blues bar on the planet. To list all the musicians I… Read More

I’m a creature of habit. I enjoy the places I enjoy and rarely spend time exploring new places. I’ve been like this since I can remember. I can’t conceive of a time that will change. Still, there are nights I find myself amongst the people of the world, enjoying what they have to offer. Tonight… Read More

There is no place on the Earth where I am happier and healthier than Austin. This is not news. I’ve long enjoyed my life and times in this city. Leaving is the most painful thing I do. In some measure because this city is geared for life outdoors. There are running trails, biking lanes, lakes… Read More