Inspiration from SXSW


[A follow-up post on my SXSW experience]


Being here at SXSW, with numerous famous people, CEOs, and thought leaders, I learned a few neat things. Throughout the 5 days, there were very few panels that were appealing to me, but I did hear a great number of speakers. Here are some key points.


  1. Jane McGonigal – She spoke on the topic of video games and brought in a bunch of research that backs up her claims. Definitely will help you think about video games in a different light. Look forward to reading her book – Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World.

  3. Timothy Ferriss – Along the same lines, he showed a bunch of research to think differently about the human body, and particularly thinking different about own bodies. He inspired me to “experiment” more with my own body, and self, to see what works and what doesn’t. Everyone is built differently, and more often than not, “common” advice doesn’t apply. Again, I look forward to reading his books – The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superman and The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich.

  5. Gary Vaynerchuk – A wine store owner, and innovator in connecting with customers. He gave an insightful (and entertainingly funny) talk on how “social media” marketing is in a way a step back in customer interaction. Ultimately, stores/brands/companies, need to make personal connections with their customers/consumers. I was fortunate to receive a signed copy of his new book (Thank You Economy), and I hope to read this first one as well (Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion).

  7. Larry Chiang – Didn’t hear him speak persay, but I was lucky to have ran into him at a dinner. Learned some great lessons on not just being “smart” but being “street smart.” Loved the enthusiasm, and look forward to taking a glance at his book (What They Don’t teach You At Stanford Business School) or at least his blog.


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