SxSW Day 4 – Final day thoughts and wrap up


So it’s a few weeks after SxSW now and I’ve been meaning to write this post for ages but haven’t had the time or energy to do so for a while now… so here it is ;-)

The last day for me was primarily about catching up with work, then preparing for the core conversation I did at 5pm, but inbetween that I did manage to take in “Considerations for Scalable Web Ventures” which for me was probably one of the most interesting and relevant panels of the conference.

I found the panel knowledgeable and happy to give away hard earned secrets and useful wisdom, which was cool. My humble recommendation is that if you have the opportunity to go see any of them speak, then do – you’ll walk away richer for it ;-)

I’ve promised that I’m going to send the content of the core conversation I did to the people that attended, so in the spirit of sharing I’m gonna upload it here as soon as it’s in a form that I’m happy with. More on that soon though.

As for the conference itself, I’m super happy I went. This time around the jet lag hasn’t been as bad, and having had the experience of the last time (cabs, locations, where to go, food to eat, when to sleep when to work when to panel) I enjoyed this time around more. I think that because it’s a huge melting pot of really cool people in the industry, where everyone’s interested in learning from each other, discussing stuff in the halls, and socialising (where all the cool conversations happen of course). London’s probably not the best place for a web startup for a number of reasons, so it’s a real inspirational change to be in the same place as loads of other people that are all in one way or another in a similiar situation to yourself… so it was good. Another humble recommendation – if you get the opportunity to go in the future, go! ;-)

Dodgy dealing and risk peddling


If you’re thinking about the credit risk stuff going on, then Peter’s article is a good place to start (if you’re an economical luddite like I am that is…)
_ Dodgy dealing and risk peddling

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the economic problems that America and other place have been experiencing – the infamous ‘sub-prime’ debacle. I have a lot to say, so I’m going to split this into two parts, first: what is sub-prime and what actually happened? The second part will be about the responses and reactions to the crisis and promises to be a goody – yes I will be calling Alan Greenspan an idiot who doesn’t even know basic economics :)

Nice one Pete – keep it coming ;-)

links for 2008-03-25


links for 2008-03-20


links for 2008-03-19

Standard is a site to watch


You know you’re doing something right when your parents tell you about an article they read in a real newspaper on something you’re involved with… I spose it lends credibility to this online malarkey and engenders your efforts within your own immediate family… So I was pleasantly surprised when my dad emailed me last week to say that he’d seen an article on Kindo in a newspaper in South Africa… So blimey, I jumped online to see whether I could find it, and here it is:

_ The Citizen: is a site to watch

Many years ago I attended an extramural special-interest course at Schmerenbeck school in Johannesburg, where we were taught how to build, maintain and document our family trees (or to use the more scientific term, our genealogy).
I loved it.

Thanks Mike ;-)