This past week was a very eventful one for us at Tixers as a few employees attended the SXSW V2V conference in Las Vegas. The conference, put together by South by Southwest, stands for “Venture to Venture,” but has variously stood for “Vision to Venture”, “Visionaries to Vegas”, and “Voice to Voice.” Any way you slice it the conference was a great way to gain exposure, connect with like-minded individuals and companies, listen to amazing speakers who are leaders in the startup community, and really see first-hand what it’s like when start-ups from all over the world converge to one spot. The Austin Chronicle put it best when they reported on the inaugural SXSW V2V conference last year:
“. . . if the initial V2V had an overarching theme, it was one of fostering and inspiring entrepreneurship, and how those conditions and connections for success can actually be cultivated through cultural and social engineering.
– Austin Chronicle, August 20, 2011”
During the four day event, that approximately 1,500 people attended, there were several competitions with 25 finalist and 7 winners. The categories ranged from: Education Technologies, Health and Wearable Technologies, Mobile and Tablet Technologies, Culture and Entertainment Technologies, Innovative World Technologies Mobile, Tablet Technologies, Best Bootstrap, and Best One Minute Speed Pitch.
Our founder, Alex Burkhart, had the opportunity to enter the 1-minute Speed Pitch competition. With no time to waste Alex made quite an impression on the judges and won the event.
Competitions like this are fun to be in, and certainly aren’t the end-all-be-all if they are won or lost, but it’s a pretty good validation to go against top competition from around the world and be able to win and gain recognition for the company. To come to event like SXSW V2V was an amazing chance to help spread the Tixers name and we hope that next year will be just as successful, if-not-more-than, than this year!
I asked Alex what he thought was the biggest takeaway from the week and he had an interesting answer,
“It’s not about the amount of people you meet at these conferences but the amount of actual relationships you can form. It’s better to meet people that you would feel comfortable enough to call on the phone or even crash on their couch if visiting the particular city they live in rather than blasting out a follow up email to 1,000 people you barely know. ” -Tixers Founder and CEO, Alex Burkhart