SXSW Download (in brief)

My $500 name tag @DaveMc9ee and @balanon are famous ReWork talk by David Heinemeier Hansson

I’d like to expand on this eventually, but likely it will remain short. We packed a lot into one week in Austin.

I greatly enjoyed SXSWi 2010. No better place to make connections in the tech startup scene, while chatting with touchscreen UI designers, eating Rudy’s BBQ, catching up with old friends and making new ones, and wishing that AplusK would get out of the way so we could extract a nugget of wisdom from Paul Graham.

My favorite sessions

Ok, so I liked most of the sessions I attended. These are the ones for which I took notes worth sharing:

Hung out with some cool people

Closing Thoughts

  • Time to relearn web development. I was so cool writing HTML back in 1996, but the world has come a long way. Some UI/UX design insight will help for touch screen apps, too.
  • Crowdsourcing some answers for this one: What is more valuable: go through a seed combinator program (get paid, network, create) or MBA (pay them, network, learn)?
  • Creativity WILL drive the future. I want to be at the wheel, not just along for the ride.
  • HUGE opportunity to bridge the Digital Divide (see above). It will take simplicity on the far side of complexity.

See you at SXSW 2010!

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  1. 2010/03/19 at 12:03 am

    Great review Nick.

  2. 2010/03/19 at 12:04 pm

    I’m glad you liked the student startups panel! Hit me up if you want to discuss anything further. I’d be happy to chat about what was good/bad etc.

  3. 2010/03/24 at 12:50 pm

    Thanks for coming to the session on interns! We had such a great group in that room and a line outside the door. Wish we had more time to have learned what other people we doing. Hopefully we can have a interactive session next year highlighting successful programs!

    • 2010/03/25 at 10:57 am

      Thanks, Jennifer! We enjoyed your session at SXSW, and it really helped affirm some of our practices with Team Alpha at Awesome Inc.

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