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 […]

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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 […]

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A South by Southwest Guide to Surviving the Nerdpocalypse (2012 Edition)

*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 […]

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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 […]

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Empty (48 of 90)

It’s 10 pm on St. Patrick’s Day. It’s also the first night of the South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival. I am home, sitting in my makeshift bed where I have been since 3 pm today after I dropped off the last of my friends at the airport. I’m physically, emotionally and in every […]

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South By 5…(46 of 90)

It’s been a long day, but there’s but one full day left. I’m too tired to be sad. And too far behind in my work to worry. At some point this evening, I’ll need to get my Media Ethics lecture finished (although it’s possible that will have to wait until tomorrow and instead I’ll put […]

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South By 4…(45 of 90)

It’s midnight here in Austin, the end of the South by Southwest weekend. It’s a sad day. Not because the event is over. There are still three days left. But there is a shift on Monday and Tuesday. The parties slow, the conference slows. The business begins to set in as the end draws near. […]

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South By 3…(44 of 90)

South by Southwest (SXSW) is simply seven days of heaven. The weather was gorgeous and the panel sessions really kicked off today. It’s fair to say the conference is under way. I started the day with a nice 3 mile run, although the hamstring is now acting up regularly. I think when I get home […]

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