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Innovators Gathered in Vegas

SXSW V2V-1On August 11th, about 1500 entrepreneurs, innovators, investors, media personnel and other interested parties attended SXSW V2V conference held at the Cosmopolitan hotel at Las Vegas. The intimate conference is SXSW’s spoon off that started as a small gathering of music lovers 25 years ago at Austin, Texas. Today, it has turned to an international powerhouse for discovering the next big thing. SXSW V2V has started small and smart. It is building on many years of its parent company’s experience, yet, maintaining a grass root feel. The vision is vague, plastic and organic with a playful interaction with ideas such as: vision/visionaries, venture and Vegas.


SXSW V2V location choice is an indication of a smart and thoughtful beginning. A rapid past growth and potential for future growth ties the Vegas and SXSW narrative together, while the city’s infrastructure matches SXSW V2V’s ambitions. What is more, Cosmopolitan hotel’ futuristic and tech oriented edge and trendy and informal setting fits well with SXSW V2V image. But far important is how SXSW V2V has aligned itself with the emerging scene in this upcoming city.


A shared vision and mission as well as a collaborative approach emerged that firmly put Tony Hsieh of Zappos at the center of the SXS V2V event. He delivered a key note speech on Monday, Aug. 12 and hosted an evening at Gold Spike in the down town Vegas. This is where his flagship $350 million Downtown Project to turn Vegas to a creative hob is located. His mission matches well with SXSW V2V aim to build start-up communities around the country. Both SXSW V2V and Tony have a firm belief in serendipitous encounters and aim to foster and inspire entrepreneurship through cultural and social engineering. The former realize this vision through its flagship events, the latter in his Downtown Project for Las Vegas.


As the SXSW V2V conference unfolded, collaboration and community emerged as the overall themes. AOL founder and Revolution CEO Steve Case delivered Tuesday’s keynote – The Rise of the Rest. This was a talk on innovation leadership and culture within both a company and society, emphasizing a shift of focus from individual to community as a road map for success. Lauren Bush Lauren delivered the closing keynote – Social Entrepreneurship is in the Bag. In an engaging conversation with Donna Fenn, she talked about her journey with FEED – the social venture she founded. We heard about her early day struggles and how she paved her way to success. Her mission for community care echoed tech communities’ stance and SXSW V2V message.


Numerous panel discussions provided entrepreneurs with general yet practical and everyday guidance. Teamwork as a recipe for success especially between innovators and investors were clear message. One to one mentoring session proved the most popular amongst entrepreneurs. Here, they received specific and tailor made expert advices, but also were able to engage and interact in personal level and forge meaningful and memorable connections. In conclusion, SXSW V2V has embarked in path to yet another promising venture.

Pari Esfandiari Posted by on August 20, 2013. Filed under Breaking News,Economic Recovery,economy,Featured Columns,News,News and Opinions by Pari Esfandiari,Science and Tech,WNV Featured,World News,WorldNewsVine. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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