Annnnd we’re back! Pamela and I have returned from our whirlwind tour of SXSW and I thought I’d share some highlights with you. We kicked off the weekend with Pamela’s panel, “How Startups do Deals with Industry Titans”. There was standing room only at this panel with Alex Barnett from Intuit, Jay Lee from Amex, Scott McMullan from Google and Sunir Shah from Olark. It was a very interesting conversation about startups doing deals and partnerships with giant corporations, and the benefits and drawbacks of those deals. Our friend Ramon Ray did a great recap of the conversation that you can read on the SmallBiz Technology Blog.
I had the awesome opportunity of being on the “5 Brands Travel the US Inspiring Entrepreneurship” panel with my friends from the BarCamp Tour. Our discussion was moderated by Jonathan Kay from Apptopia, and included Amy Ellis From Mailchimp, Stephanie Bullis from Grasshopper and Joey DeVilla from Shopify. We discussed the benefits of this type of in-person sponsorship and got to participate with some great conversation with the audience.
We also got to spend a ton of time with our partners from The Small Business Web. The SBWeb is an organization of companies that make software for small businesses and who are committed to helping small business owners succeed by building the tools they need to make their jobs easier. We are always looking forward to doing new integrations with these companies to improve our users’ experience.
We will be on the road again this year with the BarCamp Tour so please check the schedule to see if we’re coming to a city near you. We’re also interested in attending other events, so let us know if there is something cool you think we should attend.