That Whole Austin Situation
For a few weeks every year, pity poor Austin, Texas, when South by Southwest results in the tragic occupation of the town by New York City’s hipster and media set. Even Jay-Z was taken aback by the way his hometown was essentially imported to the Lone Star State. Think of it as one big Friday Night Lights fetishist party, or the metropolitan intelligentsia version of Spring Break in Daytona Beach. As they network among the endless river of new media panels, music industry showcases, and food trucks, occasionally something interesting happens.
Like when a Harlem rap crew brought forth absolute chaos upon SxSW’s denizens last night at a VICE party. Naturally.
With many of New York’s techiest residents at the annual South by Southwest conference in Austin this week, the city seems to be finally stepping out of its dark apartment, blinking its eyes and seeing its own shadow for the first time in months. Sure, it may be a function of Daylight Saving Time, which seems as if has given us an extra hour to stare at the sun (always a fun pastime). But it’s more than that. It’s finally spring again.
So what does that mean for us? (Aside from the obvious fact that we’ll finally be able to see the fifth season of Mad Men?) Well, we can finally break out those new summer ensembles. Maybe this season it’ll be Diane von Furstenberg or John Varvatos.
Plenty happens each day—how to keep up with it all? Time to test your memory!
–What route (reported on this week by The Observer) may have just made an enterprising author rich?
–Which sometime New York actor is to play the villain in the next Batman film–unless he isn’t?
–Which Read More
If there’s one thing I hate more than spilling a Shiner Bock on my iPhone 4 just after I just downloaded the newest OkCupid update, it’s South by Southwest, especially the Interactive part, a supposedly technology-oriented appendage of the days-long party.
Let’s destroy this sham of a technological confabulation once and for all. But before Read More
New York City does not have the most developers, the hottest apps or a critical mass of public tech companies, but this city’s tech scene is bloody organized.
We Are NY Tech, supported by a cabal of local tech powerhouses including betaworks, General Assembly and TechStars, launched a website today for all things New York Read More
The team behind New York’s Boxee is road-tripping it to Austin this year in a rented Jeep Cherokee. Besides saving money on airfare, the plan allows the team to stop in Richmond, Atlanta and New Orleans to meetup with about 100 Boxee customers and fans in each location.
“Besides doing a meetup in each one Read More
where the money goes
Networking-as-a-game startup Hashable is sending five power users to the South By Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, TX in March at a total cost of $12,500.
Hashable is looking to have a big presence at SXSW, and it’s looking for five well-connected users to schmooze as official “Hash-Evangelists.”
The five “most awesome” Hashable users during Read More