My 2012 SXSW Interactive experience this past week was very low key. No badge. A few days. A few parties. All productive. Great networking for my consulting business where I’m focusing on operations and partner/client management projects. I was home by a reasonable hour every evening.
I’ve had dozens of meetings scheduled since then, met people I haven’t seen in a while, and I’m helping organize a reunion for the B2C (business-to-consumer) and Web CEO groups I was a part of when I was working on Babble Soft. Many of us are in transition times like I am, which is par for the proverbial entrepreneurial course. I really enjoy networking and connecting people to each other. I even made some almost random connections for the very cool 1 Semester Startup team I’m mentoring called beDJ. If only I could charge big bucks to do that.
I have seen so many start up companies with big dreams of launching at SXSW interactive. Most of them make a big splash and then you don’t hear from them again. I thought this post on TechCrunch the other day was very well timed: Why Entrepreneurs Fail And Most Startups Are DOA. Entrepreneurship (especially in technology) is not for the feint of heart. It’s mostly for the
insane, stupid, independently wealthy, ones with extremely supportive spouses/pets/friends, ones who are calculated risk takers who can rebound quickly from mistakes and failure.