I had a lot of fun experiencing SXSW here in Austin. I like parties and socializing and the long winded talks bore me. Last night I did one and was falling asleep. Had to get up and grab a late dinner. So I stick to parties.
I first went to Freshbooks dinner. Freshbooks is the invoicing system I use and it saves me a ton of time. My motto is automate then delegate. It was fun to chat with many of the Freshbooks team. I even got an answer to a question of mine from Sunir.
I went to Barcamp Austin on Saturday and meet Sunir again from Freshbooks and also watched a few people give presentations. What I liked about Barcamp is that anyone can do a presentation. Many were made on the fly. There was a big board with time slots and anybody could put up a stickie with a subject they wanted to talk about. Some presentations were better than others. I found the Microsoft guy saying “Why Microsoft Doesn’t Suck” to be humorous as many people had Apple laptops listening to this Microsoft guy.
A big party I went to was the Diggnation party with Kevin Rose. Huge crowd outside at a college party club. After ten minutes I was bored. Takes a long time to get any good content when they have people chugging beers and throwing t-shirts into the audience while talking about the new iPhone Operating System coming out soon. We ran into a new friend of ours (I was with my girlfriend Nan) Wesley and he showed us to another party that had music and a lot of film people. Fun times. Thank Wesley for the 411.
I love WordPress and I really wanted to meet Matt the main person behind it. So I went to their BBQ. I even got a picture with him. And meet a lot of friends, Hi David. I was talking to some chaps from Romania and now London about their startup and I found it so cool that people from around the world can start a website or web application and anyone can use it. One of my new favorite websites FriendOrFollow was developed here in Austin and I meet Rusty the developer of it. If you have an idea get it out there and go for it. Loved the place it was held at too a co-working place. New idea where entreprenuers get together and work besides one another on their own stuff. Great for masterminding. I’m going to try it about every once in a while.
Austin has a Tweetup where everyone on Twitter shows up and meets in person. Lot’s of fun. I saw some friends, Hi David again. And meet some new people. It was strange to see people twittering and not talking to people at times. Come on, it’s a party.
Last night Nan and I went to Plutopia. I felt like the most corporate guy there, which is a little unusual for me. Weird art, weird music and weird people. Here’s 11 seconds of a band.
I had a good time Follow me on Twitter to get my updates and free tips every day. For people in Austin, hope to see you around.