Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2011 on Friday 11th March in Marriott Courtyard Austin Downtown/Convention Center

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  • Being Young and Rocking It

    by Brian Wong

    Being a young entrepreneur in this period of time in business and commerce is an exciting thing. It is your biggest asset. You should rock it.

    But how do you rock it? How do you overcome traditional preconceived notions of being "younger", more "inexperienced", and "naive"? Simple. You turn them into your strengths. Everyone always talks about how being curious, how retaining youthful characteristics is a great way to succeed without bounds. Why can't those who truly embody those characteristics be the ones that indeed reap those rewards?

    Most younger entrepreneurs are at the edge of a cliff. They are looking for reasons to jump, or not to jump. There are lots of people willing to tell them all the reasons of why they shouldn't. Very few are there to tell them all the reasons why they should, and to help them throughout to show them how to grow wings in the process. I'm there to nudge them.

    Being a 19-year-old entrepreneur with a funded start up - experience at a well-known company in the social news landscape, and literally being thrown into a pit of extremely successful entrepreneurs as a non-American (a Canadian), helped prime me to learn all of the lessons that I will be sharing with everyone.

    Anyone fascinated by the elusive "young" entrepreneur - and especially the type that genuinely takes tangible action towards successful milestones in their career - and wondering about how to learn from them and to help nurture their growth - should come.

    LEVEL: Intermediate

    At 2:00pm to 3:00pm, Friday 11th March

    In Brazos 2/3, Marriott Courtyard Austin Downtown/Convention Center

  • Lighten Your Load: Successfully Leverage Volunteers and Interns

    by Betsy Flanagan and Jennifer Selke

    People are willing to trade time for work experience in every occupational field. Volunteers and Interns can be a fantastic source of creative energy and labor. Organizing and managing volunteers and interns can be a full time job. Can you take advantage of additional help? Learn how to recruit and manage workers while also providing a learning experience while getting real work accomplished.

    LEVEL: Beginner

    At 2:00pm to 3:00pm, Friday 11th March

    In Rio Grande A, Marriott Courtyard Austin Downtown/Convention Center

  • The Life of the Startup Parent

    by Joshua Porter and Charlie Park

    You’re starting a startup, running a blog professionally, investing in other startups, or otherwise doing "the geek thing," and yet ... you know that your identity is rooted even more in the little one at home who’s toddling around in a playpen, learning teamwork on a soccer field, working on a science fair experiment, or otherwise doing "the kid thing."

    How do you balance your role as a parent with your role as a co-founder? How do you reconcile these two worlds, each of which would happily consume you completely? How much do you rely on your (life) partner? Your (business) partners? How do you reconcile the tension between these two worlds?

    A panel of rockstar parents/startup cofounders will share their secrets of success, their awkward failures, and their startup / parenting war stories.

    LEVEL: Beginner

    At 2:00pm to 3:00pm, Friday 11th March

    In Rio Grande B, Marriott Courtyard Austin Downtown/Convention Center

  • Are We Not Men? Reaching New American Dads

    by Craig Heimbuch

    Men's media has changed tremendously - almost as much as men and dads have. Today's dads are active in every aspect of the household, from parenting to chores, and yet, they are largely overlooked as readers and consumers.

    New American Dads are thirsty for knowledge and a community that speaks their common language - that of the real man. The new language of men helps Jacks of all trades learn how to be better at all of them, retain their essential masculinity and perform well in a new paradigm of family, work and self. Traditional media outlets - those that espouse the virtues of supposedly manly interests ($10,000 suits, rare scotch and women, women, women) are missing an opportunity to serve this emerging male marked.

    In order to speak 'Dad,' media must speak to the realities of his life, his priorities, responsibilities, aspirations and, above all else, be useful. The growing online media directed at the New American Dad understands that service journalism - that which seeks to inform as well as entertain - is the next evolution in the daddy blogger.

    Blogs have their place, but in order to effect change in men's media, online resources must engage the reader in a conversation, one in which the consumer walks away feeling better informed than they had before engaging the site.

    Service journalism - how-tos, how it works and best-of lists - have practical applications in readers' lives, thus engendering loyalty and creating conversations with a long overlooked population, while developing an audience for whom older media models based on supposed aspiration and stereotype have little meaningful impact.

    Speak to dads in their language, encourage them to speak back, teach them something they can use and entertain them - this is the next evolution of men's media.

    LEVEL: Beginner

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Friday 11th March

    In Rio Grande A, Marriott Courtyard Austin Downtown/Convention Center

  • From Personal Blogger to Professional Marketer

    by Deb Rox and Melissa Lion

    There are many ways to make a pittance as a blogger. Google ads will bring home a very small amount of bacon. Maybe a slice. The book deal, though coveted, is often meager at best. And there are all of those adorable animal species who are just waiting for their photos to be manipulated into something even cuter/funnier/more irritating, but what happens when the next tiny cute animal comes along? Moms ought to pour their hearts out every day for more than free fabric softener. How can bloggers get paid appropriately for generating and promoting content and managing a loyal community?

    How about a leap from the job where you spend most of your day ignoring the tedium by blog surfing, checking out Twitter and replying to the growing comments on your blog, into a position that will probably pay better and allow you to use all of those skills you learned as a blogger?

    This presentation will show both sides of taking skills learned as a blogger and translating them into a career change or enhancement. The presentation will be conducted from two points of view-the blogger, and, the hiring manager.

    LEVEL: Beginner

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Friday 11th March

    In Brazos 2/3, Marriott Courtyard Austin Downtown/Convention Center

  • Hold on Loosely: How Loose Organizations Work

    by Clay Spinuzzi

    Companies always try to grow so they can do more things, add more capabilities, and make more money - right? Not anymore: Not in Austin, or in many other places. People are finding that digital and mobile technologies can help them to organize more loosely and rapidly, and that means they can keep small and flexible, scale up when necessary, and link up with other loose organizations to swarm big projects, even if they are freelancers working out of their own houses, coffee shops, or coworking spaces.

    How do these loose organizations work? In this core conversation, I'll briefly share stories from my research into some of Austin's loose organizations: freelancers, coworking spaces, and an internet startup. I'll discuss how the organizations in my research hold together, function, and build links with each other.

    With these cases in mind, I'll moderate a discussion about attendees' own experiences with loose organizations and brainstorm ways to make them run more effectively. Afterwards, I'll post conversation notes on my blog so we can keep the ball rolling after SXSW.

    LEVEL: Beginner

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Friday 11th March

    In Rio Grande B, Marriott Courtyard Austin Downtown/Convention Center

  • Breaking Taboos: Pros Get Real About Money Matters

    by Marc Hemeon and Whitney Hess

    Industry All-Stars tackle the subject that we're all most curious about but causes us the most discomfort: what, when, and how to charge for our work. Learn their inside tips on how to charge your clients, when trading work for equity makes sense, and how to avoid common client pitfalls. Stop cheating yourself and learn that you deserve to be paid in full for doing work you're passionate about. Our work has the power to make enormous amounts of money for our clients. Let's take a good hard look at the value we provide and how to ask for and receive value in return.

    Negotiating your rate for a project is the difference between being a starving artist or successful freelancer or studio. Creatives fall prey to lowball offers, promises of future work, and other forms of wage penalties in fear of losing a potential client. Learn how the pros have created successful freelance businesses and startups by not compromising their rates and standards. Understand how they attract the big name clients and avoid the bad clients.
    We'll also explore potential benefits and risks of working for stock.

    Lawyers, doctors, accountants and other professionals typically don't experience angst, guilt, or wishy-washy boundaries when stating their rates and neither should we. We see standard billing rates across many industries. We’ll take a look at the role a standard billing rate would have in the creative services industry and how such a standard would be upheld and implemented.

    LEVEL: Intermediate

    At 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Friday 11th March

    In Rio Grande A, Marriott Courtyard Austin Downtown/Convention Center

  • Help! A Giant Meteor Is Headed Our Way!

    by Brian Reich

    There is a giant meteor headed our way... and we need to knock it off course or life as we know it will cease to exist.

    If that news turned out to be true, you would do everything you could to save the world, right? Well, an equivalent disaster is unfolding before our eyes. Everything about our society is changing - rapidly and constantly. How we communicate, get and share information, and engage each other - online and offline - is different than it was just a few short years ago. Information moves faster, people are more closely connected, and the level of interest and commitment that people have when it comes to the organizations they engage, the transactions they make, the issues they care about and the causes they support has never been greater. Our society has changed and how organizations operate and communicate, the products we sell and services we offer, what causes we support, how we address serious issues - and find solutions to the biggest challenges we face as a global community -- needs to change as well.

    If we don't change - everything - we are doomed. This session will outline the changes... in thinking, organization, education, engagement, government, media, and everything else... that need to be made.

    LEVEL: Intermediate

    At 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Friday 11th March

    In Brazos 2/3, Marriott Courtyard Austin Downtown/Convention Center

  • Shine Light On Others To Build Your Brand

    by Robyn Cobb

    The real-time web is quickly becoming a reality that allows your developing online social graph to be recorded into a stream of social activity. These increasingly popular lifestreams show the shifts around the social connections, the ways in which they’re made and the content discovered within each interaction, a unique indicator of the changing ways that consumers are also interacting with brands. Inside this stream of activities is a movement that is starting to take hold beyond just a re-tweet. More and more people are leveraging their social and corporate networks to create change whether in their community or across the globe. Social media and our blogs allow us to help rally our networks around a cause. Shining a light on others - without expecting anything in return - is the surest way to grow, strengthen, and promote your very own brand.

    This panel will address why it is important for brands and individuals to join the pay it forward movement. We’ll give you real examples and ideas on how you can leverage your social capital to rise above the noise, affect change, and get more enjoyment from your social networks.

    LEVEL: Intermediate

    At 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Friday 11th March

    In Rio Grande B, Marriott Courtyard Austin Downtown/Convention Center