At night Austin’s Sixth Street turns into the place to be scene during SXSW.

How the SXSW of old is gone. In its place, a powerful festival of Internet industries has arrived.

The Eve of SXSW 2015: Taken at the Long Center.

SXSW networking events are not about masses of attendees, the streets, party themes or the venues themselves. While these things add to the ambience, it is always about the people.

The always-on quanitifed self created a bit of a freak-out amongst SXSW Interactive attendees. the movement towards the omnipresent Internet creates dramatic implications for society and business beyond extrapolating personal data to deliver context.

The highlight of my SxSW experience this weekend was meeting Tim Berners-Lee, best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web. I took the opportunity to ask Sir Berners-Lee what he thought of social influence metrics like Klout, Kred and PeerIndex. His response was remarkable, but before I share it with you let me frame the scene. Sir Berners-Lee […]

Image by Doug88888 Traditional methods of credit card payment and mobile payment are shifting. The $15 trillion electronic payment market will continue to evolve, and our wallets will disappear, slowly but surely. Point of sale is no longer the domain of a physical location, and not even necessarily a function of swiping a card on a mobile reader, such as […]

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 […]

A photo blog post. My full SxSW set is here… Long Lines Were Experienced Throughout the Over-Crowded SxSW And Everyone Had Their Heads in Their Phones… But It Was Still About the People… Points of Light Foundation’s Jessica Kirkwood at Allhat

SxSW starts next weekend, and the whole sector will be focused on the immediate future of the Internet. It seems fitting that the fifth “Future of the Internet” survey was released last week by Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center and the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. More than 1,000 people participated in the study, including me. […]

When social media was new, conferences were rare special gatherings of early adopters eager to see how to use new tools. People looked forward to their local BarCamp or PodCamp. As the years progressed the novel barcamp, evening networking events and social media conferences became an every day occurrence in major markets. The best ones spilled over on Twitter into […]

During SxSW, Beth Kanter, Kami Huyse and I posted our first team thought leadership piece, “Cause Marketing That Leads to Social Change.” It encompasses our 21st century view of CSR-based cause marketing initiatives in social environments (Image by Tom Fishburne). Key components include: Cause Washing Leads to Cynicism (need for authenticity) Leading with Social Outcomes (theory of change) Authenticity in […]

Episode 24 of the El Show was an unusual one. We decided to take a show and discuss happiness, whether or not we are happy, and how we have found this elusive emotion that everyone wants. Here’s a breakdown of Episode 24: SxSW 2010: Geoff’s take on the spirit of the interactive juggernaut Richard’s vacation and how Miami is a […]

Updated 3/14 at 10:30 a.m.: WE MADE IT! We have raised $5125. Thank you to the more than 100 donors! As some of you know, I have a close relative came down with cancer last year (he chooses to remain unnamed, but his cancer is now in remission). It turns out that my Cousin Paula (photo below) also came down […]