Attention Tech Companies: DO NOT – I repeat – DO NOT Launch at SXSW

I’m not kidding this just happened to me: this morning, last day of SXSW Interactive 2012, I get an urgent plea from a friend helping a friend who’s “PR firm dropped the ball” b/c the client was ticked no one wrote about them yet, and they needed to call in some favors, get some coverage. This client launched at SXSW (and I’m not making this up): a Smartphone app that’s a free mobile guide for events, complete with location based mapping and social media integration. iPhone only now, but coming soon for iPad, Android.

SXSW Accelerator Deadline is Friday

SXSW Accelerator returns for its sixth edition to showcase some of the web’s most exciting innovations – do you know a company that could be one?

The Keynote You’ll Never Hear at SXSW

More accurately, my blog post title should be “The Keynote You’ll Not Hear at SXSW Until 2014, 2015 or Beyond”. Specifically, my focus is: “crossing the chasm from the right.” Right now SXSW is incredibly focused on ‘appointment based learning.’ I understand that SXSW Inc has a business model they want to preserve.

The Austinpreneur’s Guide to SXSW

It’s that time again, finally! After 360 days of anticipation, SXSW is right around the corner. With so much going on it’s hard for entrepreneurs who are new to SXSW to know where (or how) to focus amongst all the distraction. To give you a starting point, here is my top 12 list of must-attend events and a few other lists from SXSW leaders you will find helpful…

6th Annual SXSW Austin Tech Happy Hour pre-SXSW Kickoff Tomorrow

Today is the last day to pre-register for the 6th Annual Austin Tech Happy Hour pre-SXSW Kickoff at Molotov tomorrow.

Icon Delivers A Business Card That’s As Digital As You Are

Personal brands have been around forever. It’s just that we used to call them something else. Like famous people, or celebrities. But in the era of Tweets, Likes and LinkedIn requests, the idea that everyone can build a brand has caught on. While some of the consumer-facing activity in the internet sector has lost some [...]

Move Your Startup to Austin for Free at SXSW

In conjunction with Capital Factory’s Demo Day at SXSWi 2013, one company will receive a relocation package worth over $50,000 to move their startup to Austin. If you think you might be a fit, check out Capital Factory’s investment thesis, find out more about how to be one of 10 companies to pitch on demo day, and apply on AngelList.

SXSW Accelerator Deadline on Sunday

One thing I noticed at SXSW last year was that Startup Village was absolutely packed — lines to get into every session. The legacy SXSW sessions, well, not so much. Perhaps next year all the startup activity will move to the convention center where there will be more room?

I Choose Austin

Joshua Baer helps people quit their jobs and become entrepreneurs. He founded his first startup in 1996 in his college dormitory and now teaches a class at the University of Texas for student entrepreneurs. He’s currently the CEO of OtherInbox and Director of Capital Factory. Joshua has helped start a dozen companies, sold four of them, invested in more than fifty of them, and is a mentor to many others. You can follow him on Twitter @joshuabaer

Austin Looks Well Positioned For Future Job Growth

With the economy in a lukewarm recovery, it appears companies are starting to ramp up hiring efforts. If we look at the broader recovery, it’s easy to get excited about Austin’s momentum. Take a look at the map from Atlantic Cities (below) showing the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Austin ranked [...]