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Guides to SXSW 2014 in Austin

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Austin Skyline Photo licensed from iStockphoto.com

Austin Skyline Photo licensed from iStockphoto.com

It’s that crazy time of year in Austin when locals leave for Spring Break and rent out their houses and apartments for gobs of money to the estimated 30,000 people expected to attend this year’s South by Southwest Interactive.
That’s right, it’s the biggest, wildest and wackiest SXSW ever.
And while some think the event has jumped the shark, we don’t think so.
In fact, we get a lot of value out of SXSW every year and it’s a fabulous place to meet with all kinds of people. We always come away filled with new ideas.
This year, Silicon Hills News will launch its first print magazine at the event. Read this article on why we’re doing it.
To find a copy of it all you need to do is attend the Silicon Hills, Austin Technology Incubator and Central Texas Angel Network Pitch competition on Sunday in the Austin Chamber of Commerce’s offices. Hope to see you there.
Copies will also be at the entrepreneur’s lounge at Fogo de Chao and at Capital Factory, Techstars and other select locations around town.
But enough about us, let’s get to all the great panels, parties and people that make up SXSW.

To get a jump start on SXSW Interactive, check out the lineup of all the great events for University of Texas at Austin Entrepreneurship Week which kicked off last Friday.

The University of Texas has also published this 2014 Interactive Events and Activities schedule for all things Longhorn-related.

And SXSWedu Conference and Festival kicked off Monday and runs through Thursday.

The Austin Technology Council just released its member guide lineup of must-attend events.

Capital Factory has its agenda of SXSW events.

And don’t forget to read Joshua Baer’s 10 Austin Startups to Watch at SXSW.

Austin Ventures published this list of can’t miss events.

Mad Betty has published the party list.

And Fosbury has a directory featuring 30 local companies and landmarks along with the “best of” and “cant miss” spots in Austin.

Halfpastnow.com has created this “unofficial guide to SXSW.”

And the folks at WeAreAustinTech.com created the video embedded below as a guide for first timers.

We Are Austin Tech Features Whoosh’s Erica Douglass

url-3This week, We Are Austin Tech, the weekly video site highlighting local movers and shakers in the technology industry, has put the spotlight on Erica Douglass, founder of Whoosh Traffic.
Douglass moved to Austin last year from Silicon Valley. Susan Lahey wrote this profile of her last year.
“Erica started a web hosting and development company in 2001, at age 20,” according to We Are Austin Tech. “Over the next 6 years, she turned the business into one of Silicon Valley’s most well-known web hosting companies, hosting sites for hundreds of the Valley’s most successful startups.”
She sold her company in 2007 for $1.1 million and a few years later launched a popular blog called Erica.biz and then Whoosh Traffic.

We Are Austin Tech Features VolunteerSpot’s Karen Bantuveris

imgres-5We Are Austin Tech, a weekly video segment featuring Austin’s technology industry movers and shakers, has released its latest video featuring VolunteerSpot Founder and CEO Karen Bantuveris.
Bantuveris founded VolunteerSpot, which creates tools for moms, nonprofit organizers and others to coordinate volunteers, in 2009.
Last summer, VolunteerSpot raised $1.5 million from ff Venture Capital of New York along with the Central Texas Angel Network, Nebraska Angel network, Angel List and Baylor Angel Network.
The Austin-based startup currently has more than 2 million users.

Bijoy Goswami on “We Are Austin Tech”

Every week, We Are Austin Tech, a group of entrepreneurs, technologists and other volunteers release a video highlighting someone who has contributed to the local technology industry.
Last week’s video put the spotlight on Jason Cohen, founder of WPEngine and other startups including co-founding Capital Factory.
We Are Austin Tech seeks to tell the story of the city’s vibrant technology community blending the stories of veteran entrepreneurs with others involved in the industry such as public relations experts, journalists and more.
This week, the video features Bijoy Goswami, the founder of Bootstrap Austin. Susan Lahey, a reporter with Silicon Hills News, did this profile on him earlier this year.

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