Day 2 of SXSW started off immediately better than day 1, actually being able to get a good night sleep does wonders for you. So I got up and caught the shuttle into the convention center to catch a couple panels this morning. The first panel I sat in on was call why keep blogging and it featured 5 speakers who touched on problems with blogging, how to reinvent your blog and making sure to blog about things you are passionate about. Interesting topic for a new blogger like myself and I really took some good stuff away from the session.
Next I went and saw Erik Qualman do a presentation about Socialnomics, how social media is being used in the business world right now. This was a great presentation but what made it even better is the fact that Eric is a former basketball player at MSU. I got a chance to reconnect with Erik after his talk and talk a little MSU bball with him. If you get a chance check out Erik’s socialnomics video, it will change they way you look at the use of social media.
I spent the middle part of the day in the bloggers lounge with a couple of the Detroit Chevy SXSW team and had a chance to me some people from Outright.com. This is a online bookkeeping company who provides free online accounting for small businesses. Found out that they have people from Michigan in the company and and great blogger named Jenn Escalona. If you have the chance check out the website and see if they can help you. http://www.outright.com
After the blogging session I headed over to the Small Business event at Pure Volume to meet some small business owners and figure out if their companies could help the alumni association. Got a chance to meet some good people and hear about some cool small businesses such as mail chimp and ship wire.
After the small business event I made my way over to Six Lounge to listen to Tony Hsieh CEO of zappos.com do a Q and A. Zappos is a huge company and it was cool to hear a major CEO talk about business and how making sure your employees are happy makes a world of difference. While I was at Six I got a chance to meet the crew from trendhunter.com. This is a website that deals with everything cutting edge and innovative. Awesome group of young people who work for the company.
The night ended back at pure volume for an event put on by gawker.com and than it was back to the hotel to end a fun filled busy day here at SXSW.
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