Question: What do you get when you put 2,000 musical artists; every tech product or company who matters (and the ones who hope to matter in 2013); and 30,000 entrepreneurs / nerds / thought leaders, together in one weird city for 10 days?
Answer: The ultimate work / play vacation.
We knew it would be aggressive to attempt the full 10 days for our SXSW premiere, but we survived and lived to spread the GeoRiot word – while having way too much fun in the process. We can’t begin to recount the panels, concerts, underground parties, new friends and enlightening conversations that happened over the course of the event. (Hey, what happens at SX stays at SX, right? Even if Coolio himself plucked one of our own from behind the red velvet rope and into the VIP section…)
What’s special and unique about SXSW is the opportunity to spend an extended period of time learning, sharing and exchanging with your peers in the music and tech (and beyond) industries, and for that we’re grateful for the chance to meet all of you. A big shout out goes to our friends at Say Media, Path and Dyn for hosting such rockin’ parties and giving us something to look forward to next year.
While we’re on the topic of shout outs, Evil Dead, a remake of the 1980 cult horror classic, which premiered at this year’s SXSW, was a team favorite during the Film portion of the event. Hats off to the directors on a job well done.
Finally, cheers to Cole Lakes, (better known as the younger brother of GeoRiot CEO Jesse) for putting up the entire team in his new Austin home. (Think of it like a housewarming party, right Cole?).
On that note, let the countdown to SXSW 2014 begin!