Before I Left for #SXSW I made sure I monitored the hashtag for weeks. I created a Google + circle of those that where going to be in Austin during the interactive part of the conference. For those of you that don’t find a use towards Google + I Can only say that my SXSW experience was enhanced because I used Google+ as a tool to connect people prior to arriving in Austin.
I got to meet some awesome people that I will mention a few of them on my next post but someone really stood out and went the extra mile.
Going above and Beyond
Mr. James Fierce was the most helpful person I met during #SXSW. The day before SXSW he was nice enough to go to Casa De Luz a Vegan Restaurant that our new friend Nando Caban recommended. James later on drove me to the Convention center where not only did I not have to take a cab but I was also saved of missing the huge line to pickup my badge on the say of the conference.
We also had a small glitch and lost the parking lot where we parked the car. I had lost a car in a parking lot but loosing the complete parking lot was a new experience to me. Thanks to a Pedi cab we where able to find our way back and the building where we parked the vehicle.
Different to my first year at SXSW I did see many things at the conference where a bit unorganized. The main thing that was unorganized was the R&R Shuttle. It left me at the Airport even though I had prepaid it. On multiple other days we waited more than we should to make it to the convention center. Thanks to James I had the opportunity after a long day to be driven to the hotel in a line waiting for a shuttle.
I learned a lot from James. We had many long conversations on multiple subjects that we agreed on. He genuinely is such a great guy.
These are the opportunities that arise when you take the time to know people versus trying to run an online popularity contest by making lots of noise.
Before I forget thank you James for everything.