AUSTIN, Texas — Every year, hundreds of bands play live shows at South By Southwest. The music is good and memorable though when the conference is over, memories are pretty much all we have left. This year, however, might be a little different. Show More Summary
SXSW has morphed into spring break for marketers, but Secret and its investors are working real hard to #win it anyways. The same hour that the app launched a feature to see anonymous confessions nearby, the Wall Street Journal reports that Secret is "set to raise" $10 million at a $40 million valuation. It launched five weeks ago. Read more...
Hello world. Welcome to day one of 2014 SXSW. It’s off to a much better start than the last two years. No rain, no wind, just a comforting blanket of smog. Festival goers are devouring Korean barbecue with gusto at outdoor picnic tables. In the time-honored tradition started by former Pando writer Erin Griffith, rather than...
Austin Kleon, the three-time author of books like the new ¨Show Your Work¨ and ¨Steal Like an Artist¨ gave the opening keynote for SXSW Interactive this afternoon. He began his talk with mentioning that the New York Times interviewed...Show More Summary
We asked startup founders and CEOs at #SXSW to share their networking tips.
The hustle and bustle of SXSW can get quite overwhelming. At one corner of a room you see VCs chitchatting about God knows what. At another you see developers hatching some code-laden plan probably involving an app. All of this is happening in the center of downtown Austin replete with tall stoic buildings, a convention center straight from the 1980s,...
Secret is hoping to grow bigger and capitalize on SXSW with two new features. Share lets you post any Secret you see to Twitter, Facebook, SMS, or email. Nearby lets you opt in to seeing Secrets shared by people nearby. The two could draw more people into Secret and keep them there even if they don’t have friends on the app. Show More Summary
We're live on the ground at South By Southwest (#SXSW for short), the annual event that brings together everyone and anyone who's invested in the interactive arts. Those artists include the minds behind emerging startups (like Twitter was here in...
AUSTIN, Texas — If you need any more proof that iBeacon is one of the hottest technology trends of 2014, look no further than this year's SXSW festival The official SXSW mobile app is powered by iBeacon — Apple's name for the innovative Bluetooth LE (aka Bluetooth Smart) technology that allows two-way communication to take place between devices. Show More Summary
Social media agency We Are Social created a word cloud based on the schedule of events for this year’s SXSW Interactive. “What’s more reflective of emerging trends is how ‘maker’ is marginally bigger than ‘entrepreneur’ and ‘making’ is bigger than ‘marketing,’” said global managing director Robin Grant in a statement. Show More Summary
Things you never thought a human being would have to say.
Doggins ($4) from Brain & Brain is billed as a quiet adventure. Starring a dreaming dog, the iPad-only adventure game has been nominated for a SXSW Gamer’s Voice Award for best indie game, along with a number of other titles, including recently reviewed Tengami — a game which shares some similarities with Doggins. Show More Summary
Deal-seeking entrepreneurs at the annual South By Southwest tech conference found the venue hosting another kind of pitching: hopefuls from around the region seeking to get on the ABC television show Shark Tank.
Google’s Eric Schmidt told a SXSW audience in Austin today that Google is “very, very worried about” the growing financial inequality and subsequent protests in San Francisco. “The average person there has benefited from the automation, the globalization, the technology,” he said, and predicted that inequality will become “the No. 1 issue of democracies.”… Read More
In a wide-ranging session at SXSW today, Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt and Director of Google Ideas Jared Cohen discussed everything from Syrian dissidents to robots taking our jobs. Following reports that Britain’s GCHQ had...Show More Summary
On stage at SXSW, Wired's Steven Levy asked Eric Schmidt whether companies like WhatsApp lead to more inequality. Here's Schmidt's response: "Let us celebrate capitalism," he said, opening his arms. "$19 billion for 50 people? Good for them." Read more...
The Internet is abuzz with the news that Amtrak is trying out a writers’ residency program after a group of writers called for the idea on Twitter. The railway gave another social media-related experiment a try this week with its #AmtrakLive train ride from Los Angeles, CA. Show More Summary
This weekend, Microsoft Studios will open in Austin, TX as part of South by Southwest (SXSW) 2014. The Studio space showcases the diversity of Microsoft from Xbox to Windows to emerging Microsoft Research technologies focusing on the nexus between creativity and technology. Show More Summary
Austin feels like a different city during South By Southwest. The streets are packed with smartphone-obsessed techies and music-loving party animals, all ready to scarf down tacos and discover the "next big thing." See also: Snap a Selfie...Show More Summary
SXSW Interactive started with a bang thanks to Social Media Today’s #SocBizShakeUp breakfast event at the W Austin. A fantastic panel led by Robin Carey included Michael Stenberg from Siemens; Sandy Carter from IBM; Natanya Anderson from Whole Foods; and Andrew Bowins from MasterCard. Read on for a recap full of their insights. read more