5 Sessions During SXSW 2014 for Startups and Entrepreneurs

In just a few short days, SXSWi will be in full swing. With hundreds of informative sessions and panels, it can be a little overwhelming. Fear not, here is my list of 5 must-see sessions for entrepreneurs at SXSW 2014.


Top 5 Panels for Startups and Entrepreneurs at SXSWi 2014


The 10 Best Startups in Austin, Friday, March 7th, 2PM-3PM, Hilton Austin Downtown (500 E 4th St), Salon C

Austin’s known for being the Live Music Capital of the World, but did you know it’s also a tech hub? We love being an Austin startup. We also love the amount of innovation that’s coming out of the city. Go to this session and hear pitches from the latest startups in Austin.


This Ain't Your Father's Office Anymore, Saturday, March 8th, 1230PM-130PM, Courtyard Marriott (300 E 4th St), Brazos

Over the years, I’ve learned that a successful startup means building a culture that invites passion. At Mass Relevance, we try to make the office a second home. Check out this session to find out how you can do the same for your company!


Inner Game of the Startup CEO: Stay Sane & Win, Sunday, March 9th, 1230PM-130PM, Hilton Austin Downtown (500 E 4th St), Room 616AB

I love riding the startup wave. Full of highs and lows, you have to play a tough game but stay flexible. This session looks like it will you can get through the struggles of startup life while keeping your sanity.


Space Tech Startups that Will Change Everything, Friday, March 7th, 5PM-6PM, Omni Downtown (700 San Jacinto), Lone Star

Space has always been a place for dreamers and entrepreneurs--and a lot of cool stuff is coming out of Space Tech right now. While your business may not be related, you might just get some inspiration that can lead to the next big thing in your industry.


Mosh Pit of Experts 2014: The Future of Social, Friday, March 7th, 1230PM-130PM, Sheraton Austin (701 E 11th St), Capitol View South

Ok, shameless self promotion: This is the session my bud, Sean McDonald from PricewaterhouseCoopers, and I are hosting. Not your typical panel, it’s more like a game show where we put YOU in the hot seat. Tell us what’s hot and at the end of the session, we’ll name a winner. The last three years have been full of amazing insight--and fun!

What sessions are YOU attending?

PS: Should I go blonde or brunette for the session? There’s still time to vote!


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Sam Decker

Sam Decker is a current member of the Spredfast board. Sam most recently served as the CEO and co-founder of Mass Relevance (now Spredfast). Prior to Mass Relevance, Sam was founding Chief Marketing Officer at Bazaarvoice, a provider of SaaS social commerce technologies serving over 1,000 brands, where he was responsible for building the company’s brand, products and platform.