I closed more than $500,000 worth of consulting deals from the past four SxSW interactive festivals. Every year has produced at least one new successful business relationship, making the event a must attend for me. Yet, many of my colleagues complain about their lack of success at Sx (as veterans call it). Some ask me how I achieve success at SxSW when others seem to struggle. Here are my tips to make the most of this great opportunity: Get Started Now SxSW winners are made before the show, not at the event.