Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2012 about Startups on Monday 12th March

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  • All Day Event - Startup America at SXSW

    Dedicated to helping young companies grow, the Startup America Partnership is providing a place to meet, collaborate and mingle with iconic entrepreneurs, VCs and other startups this year in the Startup Village. Unique programming elements, meeting spaces, refreshments of the caffeinated and/or adult variety, and daily giveaways will make the Startup America space a can’t-miss for startups.

    At 9:30am to 6:00pm, Monday 12th March

    In Salon E, Hilton Austin Downtown

  • SXSW Interactive Accelerator

    Social Media and Social Networking Technologies start-up companies pitching their products and/or services in round one to high profiled industry expert judges.

    Emcee: Brad Burnham (Union Square Ventures)

    Judges: Maria Thomas (Axios Ventures), Andrew McCollum (New Enterprise Associates / Facebook), Jeff
    Dachis (Dachis Group)

    Finalist: Whodini, Banjo, Thirst Labs, Votifi

    For more information about the SXSW Accelerator event click here - http://sxsw.com/interactive/star...

    At 11:00am to 12:00pm, Monday 12th March

    In Salon A, Hilton Austin Downtown

  • SXSW Interactive Accelerator

    News Related Technologies start-up companies pitching their products and/or services in round one to high profiled industry expert judges.

    Emcee: Jim Schachter (New York Times)
    Judges: Ben Huh (Cheezburger Network), Tony Conrad (about.me / True Ventures), Adam Ostrow (Mashable)
    Finalist: Crowded Comics, NowSports, LocalWiki, Umbel

    For more information about the SXSW Accelerator event click here - http://sxsw.com/interactive/star...

    At 11:00am to 12:00pm, Monday 12th March

    In Salon B, Hilton Austin Downtown

  • SXSW Interactive Accelerator

    Mobile Technologies start-up companies pitching their products and/or services in round one to high profiled industry expert judges.

    Emcee: Scott Weiss (Andreessen Horowitz)
    Judges: Matt Marshall (VentureBeat), Charlie O’Donnell (Brooklyn Bridge Ventures), Oren Michels (Mashery)
    Finalist: Toopher, Meexo, Forecast, 5Degrees

    For more information about the SXSW Accelerator event click here - http://sxsw.com/interactive/star...

    At 11:00am to 12:00pm, Monday 12th March

    In Salon D, Hilton Austin Downtown

  • Your Arts Organization = A Startup Business

    by Cariwyl Hebert

    If you’re an artist or work for a young arts organization, you run a start-up. A start-up where the product is culture, the audience is becoming more and more segmented by age, and the metrics for success are hard to come by. Lots of rewards and just as many challenges, right?

    In this session we'll discuss the triumphs and challenges encountered once we turn a passion project into something bigger--fundraising, developing business models, audience building, and collaborations--to name a few. This Core Conversation provides the venue you need to problem-solve and idea-share with others. Not involved in the arts but starting something new in another industry? Join us anyway! A lot of what we’ll discuss will cross over to other genres.

    At 11:00am to 12:00pm, Monday 12th March

    In Room 8A, Austin Convention Center

  • Startup Balance: Being Awesome Outside the Office

    by Ankit Shah

    The startup scene preaches hustle more than anything. It's all fun and great. You have to make sacrifices, yes. It's risky, yes. You're bound for failure, yes. It's freaking awesome while you're doing it, yes.

    Then you spend time with your friends and you have nothing to talk about except your work.

    Then you forget to call mom to tell her you love her.

    Then you play tennis and realize that you suck and can't last for more than 30 minutes because you are totally out of shape.

    Then you realize you're not the same awesome person you were before the amazing, amazing startup you're working on took over.

    It's kinda like spending all your time with a new girlfriend. Your friends are concerned you're changing. Startups can often become unhealthy relationships, but it's important to stay focused while managing the rest of your life too. It's hard, but there's nothing more important for your sanity.

    Let's talk a bit about sanity.

    At 11:30am to 11:45am, Monday 12th March

    In Room 10AB, Austin Convention Center

  • Startup Finances For Dummies

    by Jessica Mah

    Entrepreneurs are throwing their money at solutions to the wrong problems -- they aren't using metrics to drive what really matters to their strategy. I'll talk about how inDinero has wasted a huge chunk of its investors money, chasing the wrong problems, building features that we thought had value but actually had negligible impact, among other things the company should have done differently.

    At 11:45am to 12:00pm, Monday 12th March

    In Room 10AB, Austin Convention Center

  • Lessons from Disruptors: Game-Changing Start-Ups

    by Travis Bogard, Matt Rogers, Harry McCracken and Ren Ng

    It’s not every startup that revolutionizes an industry, changing and sometimes reversing the direction of a long-standing space. But some, like our panelists, have done just that — Jawbone in re-shaping mobile lifestyle; Lytro in changing the way we take and experience photos; and Nest in re-defining the thermostat. These game-changing startups will share their secrets of success and give insight to how they developed the visions that have guided them to be true disruptors. We’ll also look at how more established disruptors – Google, Apple, etc. – changed the game and maintained a leadership position.

    At 12:30pm to 1:30pm, Monday 12th March

    In Salon C, Hilton Austin Downtown

    Coverage audio clip

  • SXSW Interactive Accelerator

    Mobile Technologies start-up companies pitching their products and/or services in round one to high profiled industry expert judges.

    Emcee: Scott Weiss (Andreessen Horowitz)
    Judges: Matt Marshall (VentureBeat), Charlie O’Donnell (Brooklyn Bridge Ventures), Oren Michels (Mashery)
    Finalist: Modo Labs, Arqball, just.me, Condition ONE

    For more information about the SXSW Accelerator event click here - http://sxsw.com/interactive/star...

    At 12:30pm to 1:30pm, Monday 12th March

    In Salon D, Hilton Austin Downtown

  • SXSW Interactive Accelerator

    News Related Technologies start-up companies pitching their products and/or services in round one to high profiled industry expert judges.

    Emcee: Jim Schachter (New York Times)
    Judges: Ben Huh (Cheezburger Network), Tony Conrad (about.me / True Ventures), Adam Ostrow (Mashable)
    Finalist: Ad Glue, Ushahidi, Funf Project, BuzzData

    For more information about the SXSW Accelerator event click here - http://sxsw.com/interactive/star...

    At 12:30pm to 1:30pm, Monday 12th March

    In Salon B, Hilton Austin Downtown

  • SXSW Interactive Accelerator

    Social Media and Social Networking Technologies start-up companies pitching their products and/or services in round one to high profiled industry expert judges.

    Social Media and Social Networking Technologies
    Emcee: Brad Burnham (Union Square Ventures)
    Judges: Maria Thomas (Axios Ventures), Andrew McCollum (New Enterprise Associates / Facebook), Jeff Dachis (Dachis Group)
    Finalist: vox.io, SceneTap. Hoot.Me, IB5k

    For more information about the SXSW Accelerator event click here - http://sxsw.com/interactive/star...

    At 12:30pm to 1:30pm, Monday 12th March

    In Salon A, Hilton Austin Downtown

  • Work When Startup Culture Hits Mainstream

    by Mark Gilbreath

    We’re all seeing this happen – friends in healthcare, film and finance to name few catching what can only be dubbed “the startup bug”. John Battelle even said it himself back in July 2011, “the whole world is an Internet startup now”.
    And it’s true, but startup culture is just not our norm when it comes to work/life balance. Startups work never ends and by nature, they’re always innovating just for a small chance that they’ll break through. To them, the model of commuting to a 9-to-5 job just doesn’t compute.
    So, what happens when suddenly a whole nation’s work life turns upside down? And what changes must be made to acclimate the majority of the U.S. workforce to a wholly different work style?
    In this panel, we’ll dissect the growing trend of “startup-ness” that is building outside the technology industry and discuss what changes are needed, what innovations this may bring about, and whether or not entrepreneurialism and startup culture is made for the masses.

    At 12:30pm to 1:30pm, Monday 12th March

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

  • New Mafia: Rise of the Chicago Startups

    by Tom Ryan, Melissa Harris, Matt Maloney, Paul Lee and Zachary Smith

    With the meteoric rise of Chicago-based Groupon, interest in the Windy City startup scene has spread to both coasts and beyond, bringing new companies and hundreds of millions of VC dollars to the region. This panel features top Chicago investors, entrepreneurs, and journalists with diverse perspectives on the emergence of a Chicago startup community. Combining lifelong Midwesterners and recent transplants, young founders and seasoned venture capitalists, the panel will discuss how the Chicago startup scene has evolved in the past year, what it will look like in 5, why they chose Chicago over New York and the Valley, and the unique challenges of building a business in the Midwest.

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Monday 12th March

    In Salon C, Hilton Austin Downtown

    Coverage audio clip

  • SXSW Interactive Accelerator

    Entertainment Technologies start-up companies pitching their products and/or services in round one to high profiled industry expert judges.

    Emcee: MC Hammer (Artist / Wiredoo)
    Judges: Blair Garrou (DFJ Mercury), Erick Schonfeld (TechCrunch), Benjamin Vedrenne-Cloquet (Turner Broadcasting)
    Finalist: Tugg, GooseChase, Wonderverse, Grandstand

    For more information about the SXSW Accelerator event click here - http://sxsw.com/interactive/star...

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Monday 12th March

    In Salon A, Hilton Austin Downtown

  • SXSW Interactive Accelerator

    Innovative Web Technologies start-up companies pitching their products and/or services in round one to high profiled industry expert judges.

    Emcee: Christine Herron (Intel Capital)
    Judges: Mark Hindsbo (Microsoft), Arun Rajan, Wesley Chan (Google Ventures)
    Finalist: ZeroDesktop, AgLocal, BrandYourself.com, Viztu Technologies

    For more information about the SXSW Accelerator event click here - http://sxsw.com/interactive/star...

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Monday 12th March

    In Salon B, Hilton Austin Downtown

  • What Large Companies Can Learn from Startups

    by Aaron Shapiro

    Google, Facebook, and Twitter were all startups once. Today they are some of the world’s most successful companies because they learned the first lesson to succeeding in a digital economy: take care of your users and they’ll take care of your business. To survive in today’s digital economy, where half of all purchases are made or influenced online, today’s largest companies will need to become truly digital businesses. Join Aaron Shapiro, CEO of Huge, as he discusses his new book Users Not Customers: Who Really Determines the Success of Your Business and how companies can make the transformation to digital. Shapiro will outline the seven lessons large companies can learn from the smartest digital businesses around - startups and successful Internet companies - including how to evolve management, operations, marketing, and customer service around meeting user needs and driving sales in the process.

    At 3:30pm to 3:50pm, Monday 12th March

    In Ballroom G, Austin Convention Center

    Coverage audio clip

  • Startup Village at the Meet Up Pavilion

    Startup Village brings together the startups, entrepreneurs, investors, and cutting-edge digital tastemakers within the 2012 SXSW Festival. You are invited to come network with others interested in startups Monday, March 12 from 4:30pm-5:30pm. The Meet Up Pavilion provides a space for representatives in media, technology, and capital to interact within the greater Trade Show floor. Startup Village at the Meetup Pavilion cuts across all of the industries present in Austin for SXSW (Music, Interactive and Film).

    At 4:30pm to 5:30pm, Monday 12th March

    In Exhibit Hall 3/4, Austin Convention Center

  • Global Accelerator Network and Venture Asheville Mixer

    Inviting startup founders, investors, mentors & groupies. Relax, network, start something! Join us for music and drinks in an Asheville Atmosphere.

    At 5:00pm to 9:00pm, Monday 12th March

    In Soho Lounge

  • Silicon Alley: Startup Ecosystem That Never Sleeps

    by Kristy Sundjaja, Liz Crawford, David S Kidder, Barry Silbert and Divya Gugnani

    Start spreading the news...the New York City tech renaissance is underway. ‘Silicon Alley,’ as NYC’s booming tech startup cluster is known, has a vibrant culture with unique competitive advantages. Through its recent rapid expansion, Silicon Alley has outpaced Boston and begun to rival Silicon Valley. What will Silicon Alley look like in 10 years, and how does tech community collaboration and competition foster its growth? Can your startup 'Make it in NYC?' Join us as leading NYC entrepreneurs discuss the strategic factors contributing to the ongoing evolution of NYC’s diverse, cross-industry startup ecosystem.

    At 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Monday 12th March

    In Salon C, Hilton Austin Downtown

    Coverage audio clip

  • SXSW Interactive Accelerator

    Innovative Web Technologies start-up companies pitching their products and/or services in round one to high profiled industry expert judges.

    Emcee: Christine Herron (Intel Capital)
    Judges: Mark Hindsbo (Microsoft), Arun Rajan, Wesley Chan (Google Ventures)
    Finalist: Finalist: Prism Skylabs, scribble, OneID, Trapit

    For more information about the SXSW Accelerator event click here - http://sxsw.com/interactive/star...

    At 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Monday 12th March

    In Salon B, Hilton Austin Downtown

  • SXSW Interactive Accelerator

    Entertainment Technologies start-up companies pitching their products and/or services in round one to high profiled industry expert judges.

    Emcee: MC Hammer (Artist / Wiredoo)
    Judges: Blair Garrou (DFJ Mercury), Erick Schonfeld (TechCrunch), Benjamin Vedrenne-Cloquet Cloquet (Turner Broadcasting)
    Finalist: Wemo Media, MoPix, Switchcam, WeVideo

    For more information about the SXSW Accelerator event click here - http://sxsw.com/interactive/star...

    At 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Monday 12th March

    In Salon A, Hilton Austin Downtown

  • The $100 Startup

    by Chris Guillebeau

    In the strange new world of micro-entrepreneurship, roaming, independent publishers operate from Buenos Aires and Bangkok. Indian bloggers make $200,000 a year. Product launches from one-man or one-woman businesses bring in $100,000 in a single day, causing nervous bank managers to shut down the accounts when they don't understand what's happening. Oddly enough, many of these unusual businesses thrive by giving things away, recruiting a legion of fans and followers who support their paid work whenever it is finally offered. How is this possible? And how is this model different from all other Internet businesses? *** To be published by Crown/Random House in May 2012, 'The $100 Startup' is based on a comprehensive, multi-year study, and is accompanied by the world's first 7-continent book tour. This session at SXSW will be the first public presentation of the data.

    At 5:00pm to 5:20pm, Monday 12th March

    In Ballroom G, Austin Convention Center

    Coverage audio clip

  • Techweek Innovation+Chicago Party

    Techweek hosts the Innovation+Chicago Party. Meet the best in digital, startups and tech, as the Windy City comes to Austin for SXSW. Enjoy drinks, music & super special guests. Follow @thetechweek for updates.

    At 8:00pm to 12:00pm, Monday 12th March

    In Copa