SXSW Accelerator: An Evolution of Business

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…

A Very SXSW Interactive 2013 Recap

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…

Bliss

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…

A Very Good Day

Today was a good day. It’s 3 a.m. and I just put down the paint brush for the night. I spent the last four hours caulking and painting the new trim in my home, and painting three doors. I didn’t get started until just around 11 p.m. because I went to visit some friends, people…

And So Another Ends To Begin Again

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…

Austin Tales: Where I Worked from 1996-1998

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…

Austin: Night of the Bat

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…

In Which My Running Hits a Wall

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…