[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.
- 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 â€“ Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World.
- Timothy Ferriss â€“ Along the same lines, he showed a bunch of research to think differently about the human body, andÂ particularly thinking different about own bodies. He inspired me to â€œexperimentâ€ more with my own body, and self, to see what works and what doesnâ€™t. Everyone is built differently, and more often than not, â€œcommonâ€ advice doesnâ€™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.
- Gary Vaynerchuk â€“ A wine store owner, and innovator in connecting with customers. He gave an insightful (and entertainingly funny) talk on how â€œsocial mediaâ€ 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).
- Larry Chiang â€“ 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 â€œsmartâ€ but being â€œstreet smart.â€ Loved the enthusiasm, and look forward to taking a glance at his book (What They Don’t teach You At Stanford Business School)Â or at least his blog.