SXSW Interactive panels you should download: recommendations and highlights

March 12, 2008 by Jared Goralnick

Panel on Rocking SXSW with Tim Ferriss, Matt Mullenweg, etc.The only thing more difficult than picking panels and parties at SXSW Interactive is sorting through the coverage afterwards. Here are my recommendations for kick-ass panels so that you can listen to or read more about them. It’s no replacement for being there, but it’s as close as you’re going to get now… Following my recommended panels I mention some party highlights and other ideas for good SXSW reading. Feel free to add your own recommendations or links in the comments below.

Note: I’ll update the podcast links as they become available on SXSW’s site.

Personal favorites

Ones many others have recommended (I may add to this list)

  • Peas in a Pod: Advertising, Monetization and Social Media – The title may sound dry, but I heard this featured some very lively debate between Kent Nichols (Ask a Ninja) and Tim Kendall (Facebook). Other panelists included Ellen McGirt (Fast Company) and Seth Goldstein (Socialmedia Networks). I wish I could’ve seen this in person… [podcast] [description on SXSW]
  • 10 Things We’ve Learned at 37signals – Jason Fried of 37signals opines on their lessons-learned. Always a treat to hear the thoughts from the founder of arguably the most successful small company there is. This got rave reviews for the advice / unique approach offered [podcast] [description on SXSW]
  • Keynote by Frank Warren – Frank Warren tells the PostSecret story and his thoughts on sharing secrets. If I hadn’t been long familiar with PostSecret (it started just a few miles from me), I would’ve attended this. Frank’s emotional keynote brought the crowd to a standing ovation. [podcast] [description]

My Favorite Parties

Other Miscellany

Gina Trapani of Lifehacker with her new book in hand!I can’t finish this post without some personal thank you’s to people who took the time out of a busy week to really chat. Thank you to Gina Trapani, Tim Ferriss, and Deborah Schultz for being so open minded and helpful.

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  1. Justin Thorp

    Dude, it was a pleasure hanging with you at SXSW. I really hope we can do it again soon.

  2. Michael Leis

    Dang. Totally missed those parties.

    Glad you liked the blogging… much more recap and commentary to come. It was an exercise to try and retain as much as possible from SXSW, and a shout out for all the folks I knew who couldn’t make it. Now I’m buried in typo fixing from all the rapid-fire typing.

    Thanks again for the mention!


  3. Kami Huyse

    So bummed, my panel didn’t make the cut. Just kidding. Great to see you at SXSW!

  4. Jared Goralnick

    Kami, your panel was actually pretty neat (from what I saw)! Sadly I came in toward the end and can’t really judge since I missed so much. I know that everyone was definitely saying positive things though. Hopefully this list will get some more input over the next week and yours will get up there :-)

  5. Kami Huyse

    At least we didn’t get heckled.

  6. communicatrix

    Based on what little I managed to see and a lot of the buzz I heard, an excellent list.

    I’d throw in “Worst Website Ever,” but only if they do it as video podcast with synched slides. Some of the best nerd standup it’s been my privilege to see; Merlin Mann’s hair-raising VC pitch was worth the price of admission alone.

    And thanks for putting this together. I found you via the excellent Pistachio (aka Laura Fitton), a newly acquired acquaintance, and will add your name to the growing list of people I _must_ meet next time!

  7. deb schultz

    jared – my pleasure it was great meeting you – such serendipity!

  8. BH

    I noticed none of the podcast links are working. Will they be updated in the future? I’m an SXSW virgin and trying to find videos or podcasts of this year’s panels.

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