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SXSW – A Short Note on its AWESOMENESS

(I came back a little early – flight landed last night)

Holy crap am I tired. In the past two weeks I’ve been on eight flights, changed time zones at least four times, and I’ve been to two conferences. Partying all night and then waking up early to do some networking really leaves a man tired. It was fun though – the Ustream Biz Dev team really got a lot of work done at SXSW this year. What with streaming interviews at our booth (#409 represent!) and networking at night we DOMINATED SXSW!

Oh, and meeting the caveman was a nice perk too.



SXSW: Web 2 Point Hoedown!

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Well, not EVERYONE from the web 2.0 crowd have left.

Ustream.TV is excited to announce the live broadcast of the marriage of SXSW music and interactive, in the form Web 2 Hoedown at SXSW. Tomorrow, Friday, March 14, from 10 AM – 4 PM PDT, Friendster and our friends, Meebo and RockYou, present an all day music event featuring a fat lineup of indie artists, including The Virgins.

When:
Friday, March 14, 2008
Noon-6 pm CDT
10 am – 4 pm PDT
1 pm – 7 pm EDT

Performance Schedule:

(All Times Central Daylight Time)

12:00 The Indelicates (www.indelicates.com)

12:30 Frightened Rabbit (www.frightenedrabbit.com)

1:15 Right on Dynamite (www.rightondynamite.com)

2:00 Republic Tigers (www.therepublictigers.com)

2:40 AA Bondy (www.aabondy.com)

3:15 The Virgins (www.thevirgins.net)

3:50 Wild Sweet Orange (www.canvasbackmusic.com)

4:30 O’ Death (www.odeath.net)

5:15 Zykos (www.bighassle.com/publicity/a_zykos.html)

Participating Sponsors:

Meebo
Friendster
Mixercast
RockYou
Sodahead
WooMe


SXSW: Pics with the Geico Caveman

Amidst all the networking and the pitching and the running around that SXSW requires and all the craziness that ensues, you get these cerebral moments of zaniness that can only be explained in a series of a thousand words. So here we go…

The Geico Caveman, in full regalia with…

Matt:
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Mazy:
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Me (Bryan):

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Brad:

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Brad 2:

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Brad 3:

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Yeah, Brad and the Caveman go waaaaaaay back. Millenniums. One uses sunscreen, one doesn’t. Can you tell which?


SXSW: THE VIPER ROOM in AUSTIN!

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Ustream.TV is proud to announce yet another amazing series of shows @ SXSW:

The legendary VIPER ROOM and BEBO take over Austin, bringing a 4 day extravaganza of bands, March 12 – 16, 7 PM – 1 PM PDT / 10 PM – 1 AM EDT. Check out the lineup below.

And yes, I realize the first show is already over. And yes, it was damn successful. Please excuse us: the Ustream.TV crew is working hard to confirm these things literally on the streets of SXSW. I’m literally writing this blog at the AllHipHop show right down the street on 6th!

Literally, as I’m writing this, legendary rapper Bushwick Bill of Geto Boys made a surprise appearance at the the AllHipHop/Bebo show.

Anyway, here’s that lineup, with the Wednesday lineup included for the sake of the recorded video you’re going to watch right now!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

12AM CDT Coyote Shivers

11PM CDT Ringers

10PM CDT Semi Precious Weapons

9PM CDT Roses on her Grave

Thursday, March 13, 2008

12AM CDT Big Bang

11PM CDT Hello Stranger

10PM CDT Leroy Powell

9PM CDT Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash

Friday, March 14, 2008
12AM CDT Helmet

11PM CDT Nico Vega

10PM CDT Voxhaul Broadcast

9PM CDT We Barbarians

Saturday, March 15, 2008

12AM CDT Run Run Run

11PM CDT Liam and Me

10PM CDT The Daylights

9PM CDT Your Vegas


Are You Ready? SXSW Has Landed.

 

img_8226.JPGIt’s here. The event of the year from my wonderful state of Texas. You’re in my country now people! We have soooo much planned for the next ten days. C

oncerts. Interviews. Parties. And crazy Texans.

We kick it off tomorrow with three full days of Viral LIVE by Veoh.com from our booth at the Interactive Festival of SXSW. Sunny, the host of Viral, will be interviewing Internet and Music’s creme of the crop.

Everyone from Ask A Ninja to Gary Vaynerchuk to Kevin Rose to Pete Cashmore.

Best of all, you can chat and ask them your questions yourself!

Viral LIVE Begins tomorrow at 12pm CST through 4pm CST. We’ll also be live Monday and Tuesday as well.img_8225.JPG

I’ll try to keep a updated list here of the speakers and what times so you all can plan to attend!

Sunday’s Interviews:

12:00-12:25 Lea Alcantara Lealea Design
12:30-12:55 Christopher Allen Smith Zanzibar19/Snowmen Hunters
1:00-1:25 Kent Nichols Ask a Ninja
1:30-1:55 Clare Richardson Girlstart
2:00-2:25 G. Kofi Annan
2:30-2:55 Pete Cashmore (Brad) Mashable
3:00-3:25 Lance Weiler
3:30-3:55 Roger Erik Tinch CineVegas
4:00-4:25 Lindsay Campbell Moblogic
4:30-4:55 Mario Sundar Linked In
5:00-5:25 Gary Vaynerchuck Wine Library TV

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Future of Web Apps – A Tale of Screaming, Drinking, and Networking (Doing it All at Once Takes Practice)

fowabeachmiami.jpgIt took Mazy Kazerooni, my right hand Ustream Biz Dev, a little over a month to convince me to go to the Future of Web Apps in Miami (FOWA). Immediately after getting back from The Crunchies he mentioned it – and pushed hard. “Its going to be awesome dude, tons of great speakers!”. I wasn’t convinced. I mean come on, if I’m going to spend hundreds of dollars to fly across the country I want to be sure its going to be worth it. “DUDE! MATT! FOWA is next week! We need to make a decision!”. I was in a corner… I wanted to go…but I didn’t want to spend the money. “Matt Mullenwag and Kevin Rose are speaking!”. SOLD! I agreed to go and we quickly packed our carry-ons.

After two flights, a two hour layover, and multiple unfulfilling bags of peanuts, we made it Miami. Strangely enough Miami is exactly what it looks like in the movies – lots of tan people rollerblading. It almost wanted to make me laugh. I mean I’m from Orange County, which is nothing like “The OC”…but these guys were exactly how TV and Hollywood said they were. Anyways… I digress.

We checked out Barcamp and then later headed over to the Nokia party. There we participated in some crazy game where we were supposed to yell as loud as possible. Sounds fun right? Maybe…but the burn in my throat was nothing compared to how it caught fire after I started drinking. I bet there’s a Nokia guy laughing at my pain this very moment. Jerks.

Finally, Friday, it was time for the Future of Web Apps. We got in around 9am and with only four hours of sleep – just in time for Mullenwag’s speech. The thing about Mullenwag is that he’s so intelligent that he could tell you anything and you’d believe it. He’s also a super nice guy. When he responds to someone with a different opinion, he’ll do it with a friendly attitude but at the same time he totally obliterates whatever they just said. Then to top it off he gives this little chuckle after he’s done talking that has “I just owned you” written all over it. Its amazing.

The talks were okay, mainly everyone was discussing how to scale and technical stuff like that. The one highlight would be when Blaine from Twitter was on stage telling everyone how he’s so glad that Twitter had been up for the past few days. Joke was on him though – Twitter was down during his speech. His phone was ringing constantly throughout everything, and like many of us expected, turns out it was Twitter calling. Blaine hurried off stage to fix everyones favorite microblogger among heckles from the crowd “Help us Blaine! We need Twitter!”.

The parties alone made the trip worth while. Mazy and I were literally attacked by people who wanted access to Ustream’s API. It was insane… it was also a wake up call – We’ll be releasing a public API soon. We also met with a bunch of companies and people who could use Ustream by either integrating it with their site and/or doing a live show. From FOWA alone we made a lot of good contacts and Ustream is going to be all the better because of it.

Even though the actual conference wasn’t amazing, our trip to Miami was a major success. The tech community as a whole is highly intelligent and willing to help each other out – its great. So many eager entrepreneurs and so much energy in this industry… it really makes it an exciting business to be in. We’ll definitely be going back.

With FOWA over its time for SXSW! I hope to see a lot of Ustreamers there.

For now though, its time to sleep. Got to wake up in time for my flight tomorrow…

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