Category: Keeping Up With Gen Y
February 29, 2012 | BY Tamara Bell
Twenty-five years ago, Austin hosted the first SXSW Music Conference and Festival as a way to reach out to the music industry across the world and show them what the Central Texas town had to offer. Today, with the addition of film and interactive conferences, it has become the place to be for thousands of people who want to meet and share ideas that change the world.
To provide insight into one of the premier events of the Interactive Conference, we have Chris Valentine, producer of SXSW Accelerator, which showcases the Internet’s newest startups and innovations from around the globe. Chris joins Keeping Up with Gen Y to talk about how Gen Y entrepreneurs attending the conference will benefit from conversations with the best and brightest business people from all generations. He also explains the importance of perfecting your elevator pitch at both your start up phase and as your company grows.
MORE ABOUT CHRIS VALENTINE
Chris Valentine is the producer of SXSW Accelerator, a marquee event of the Interactive Conference, which showcases the Internet’s newest startups and innovations from around the globe. He’s also overseeing the newly-created Startup Village, a program that brings together and highlights the startup programming for the SXSW Interactive Conference.
In his spare time, Chris is CEO and founder of Adeo Interactive, a full service digital marketing/event planning firm. Using his experience in event production and marketing, Chris also promotes events for tech/non-profit clients that include Turner Entertainment, Busby Foundation, Big Austin, and Engage Digital Media.
About the Author
Tamara Bell: Tamara Bell is the editor of Y Gen Out Loud. She began her journalism career as a reporter in Dallas, Texas. A few years later, she moved into politics and government, working for both Democratic and Republican members of the Texas Legislature. When not working on Y Gen, Tamara is a lecturer in the Advertising Department at The University of Texas at Austin. Tamara has a B.A. in Journalism from Texas A&M University and a Ph.D. in Journalism from The University of Texas at Austin.