Past Appearances

Speaking at SXSW in Austin

Last summer I had the opportunity of speaking at the SXSW V2V in Vegas for startups. It was a intimate conference with a “medium size” turnout of seasoned and new tech entrepreneurs. I was excited to find out I was selected to speak at the “super size” SXSW in Austin during March. I kind of waited to the last minute to find a hotel room but was lucky to find an AirBNB room a week before I was to fly out. Now I won’t get into the experience of staying with a young women in Austin (experiences when you are out of options) but I was 1 mile from the Convention Center and thankfully was only there to sleep and shower.

My first experience at SXSW was a calm one, I made sure to not plan too much because I was only there for a short time with two scheduled speaking engagements. I registered for a couple of sessions that focused on the companies I was building and everything else was up in the air. The weather was a little bipolar switching from cold to hot but the vibe of people attending was awesome!!

The first event I attended was the VIP experience for the speakers sponsored by Austin Way Magazine, fun event with food and mimosas. And I received the best gift (duffel) bag I ever received at a event…with gifts including jewelry, a fossil smart watch, makeup, and more. (Video below)

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Then the first speaking engagement of the weekend was meeting with aspiring business owners to give them advice on the good, bad and the ugly side of entrepreneurship.

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I enjoyed the scenery in Austin, went to a few sessions and made friends with some lovely ladies.

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My last speaking engagement before I left SXSW was “The Consumer Story is All in the Data” panel sponsored and moderated by IBM.

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