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SXSW Interactive Coverage- Austin, TX- March 7-11

South By Southwest (SXSW) Interactive in Austin, TX 2008This week, before all the REBarCamp08 hoopla (btw- are you involved yet?), we announced that we would be attending the South By Southwest (SXSW) Interactive festival in Austin in March.  Several famous keynote speakers and panel speakers are hitting the mic, and we couldn’t be more pumped to rub elbows with people that are waaaay bigger than any of us in this niche we call real estate!! 

Scheduling your days at SXSW is complicated because there are hundreds of speakers and there’s no way to see them all.  That said, listed below are the confirmed speakers that we will be making an effort to see.  Which would you most want to see (it’s unfair since some of us know some of these people personally!)?

SXSW Interactive Speakers:

Erik Hersman- FOREM,, AND Ushahidi

Gina Trapani- Lifehacker

Michael Eisner- former CEO of Disney, currently Torante Group

Matt Mullenweg- Word Press

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Tim Ferriss- 4-Hour Workweek Author

Kristin Alexander- Group Research Manager at Microsoft

Gavin Bell- social software designer

Douglas Bowman- Google

Blaine Cook- Twitter developer

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Will Graham- The Onion Producer

Steve Ganz- Senior Developer at LinkedIn

Alan Kasindorf- Sr. MySQL DBA at Six Apart

Brewster Kahle- Director & Co-Founder of Internet Archive

Michael Lopp- Senior Engineering Manager at Apple

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Gary Leland- Podcast Pickle

Merlin Mann- 43 Folders

Ali Partovi- CEO of iLike

John Resig- Mozilla

Owen Thomas- Valleywag

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These are my favorite picks so far of the nearly 400 speakers. There’s more SXSW Coverage to come- we haven’t even touched on book readings, SXSW mixers, after-party life or panels, so stay tuned!

Lani is the COO and News Director at The American Genius, has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH, Austin Digital Jobs, Remote Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.



  1. Andy Kaufman

    January 21, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    I’m this close to buying my tickets (Need to wait for that first round of 2008 escrows to close), but these caught my eye.

    The Art of Speed (Tim Ferriss)

    How to Rawk SXSW: The Basics (Min Jung Kim)

    How to Rawk SXSW: Achieving Geekgasm (Ariel Waldman)

    Judo Moves for Defending Your Reputation Online (Thor Muller)

    Self Replicating Awesomeness: The Marketing of No Marketing (Brian Oberkirch)

    Tools for Enchantment: 20 Ways to Woo Users (Kathy Sierra)

    Futurists’ Sandbox: Social Technologies in 2025 (Michele Bowman & Sandra Burchsted)

    Finding a Niche vs. Doing it All (Mark Bixby)

    The Art of Self-Branding (Lea Alcantara)

    AG is going to rock SXSW!!!

  2. Benn Rosales

    January 21, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    So far, split by 3 we should be able to cover 1/3 of all the events =] I can’t believe how big this thing has gotten- I’m doing a day of barcamp for sure, I’d love to be able to share in the moment how the event shapes itself and expands.

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