Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2011 about Entrepreneurship with slides and write-up

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Saturday 12th March 2011

  • The Lean Startup: 10 Reasons Most Startups FAIL

    by Parker Thompson , Pascal-Louis Perez, Eric Ries and Ash Maurya

    Eric Ries (Co-founder of IMVU / Author & Founder of “The Lean Startup”) is sought after worldwide for the methodology he advocates for both startups and large companies. In this session, Eric explains why most startups fail, how The Lean Startup has revolutionized entrepreneurship, and what you can do TODAY to improve your odds of building a game-changing product. Then you’ll hear case studies on Lean Building from folks who’ve iterated the hell out of their products…and won.

    At 9:30am to 10:30am, Saturday 12th March

    In Room 204, AT&T Conference Center

  • 100% Viable, 1% Visible - Minority New Media Entrepreneurs

    by Kiratiana Freelon

    While minorities (Latinos and African-Americans) are consumers and producers of the content on new media platforms, why aren’t they creating internet companies as often? A recent article said that only 1% of internet firms are founded by African Americans. Is the number similar for Latinos?

    Furthermore, studies show that minority teens are beginning to close the digital literacy gap through the mobile web. Will they also soon close the gap in digital entrepreneurship and development? How can we guarantee that minority youth (and adults) will consider digital entrepreneurship and web development as a fruitful career, just as they have done with law, journalism and medicine?

    In this one-hour conversation, we will discuss how to propel more minorities in new media entrepreneurship and further increase VC funding for them. The ultimate goal of the panel is to shed some light on the best practices for developing minority new media entrepreneurs. This conversation is ignited by the recent pledge by Comcast to give $20 million toward a venture capital fund for new media businesses led by minorities you digital education. It is also ignited by a recent article that said only 1% of Internet Start ups were founded by African-Americans.

    LEVEL: Beginner

    At 4:30pm to 4:45pm, Saturday 12th March

    In Ballroom E, Austin Convention Center