When I got home from SXSW I started drafting this heinously long blog entry about my experience there. We're talking 12 year old girl excited about the pony she got for her birthday sort of excited rambling. I talked a lot about the things we learned in the panels and in our interactions with other people. However, seeing as how SXSW has released podcasts of many of the panels and discussions that inspired my blabbering, that blog was rendered useless before I could even post it. I'm a slow wordsmith like that.
So! Instead of that long thing...here is the abbreviated version.
SXSW Podcasts - Awesomeness Abounds.
Also, I also learned the following:
A business card doesn't cut it, but a custom Moleskin gets the conversation going. In networking, quality of connections should always trump quantity of interactions. Creativity is a choice and we can make ourselves better at it. Use Twitter more often, because it can get you face to face time with awesome people if used properly.Say "HI!" to people in line, and give random strangers rides into town if you have a rental car. Speaking of, don't rent a car. Reserve a room downtown, and reserve it early. Also, a great business partner is worth his/her weight in gold.
And finally...and most clearly illustrated below....SXSW is exhausting.