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    What We’re Reading: Trends At SXSW

    Yesterday we published a short trend-spotting guest blog from Fondu CTO Mike Lewis. But we’re far from the only ones watching for patterns. Here are some themes that have emerged: 

    Social discovery apps are all the rage, with Highlight and Sonar taking up much of the conversational bandwidth.

    But amid all that location-based noise, Kara Swisher is seeing the rise of the “cleanweb.”

    The implications of on-demand and constant connectedness were big topics in the media discussions. 

    Overall? It’s been an optimistic year at SXSW, says Mashable. 

    Tuesday, March 13, 2012

    What We’re Reading: Recaps from South By

    It’s impossible for even the most motivated attendee to hit every single interesting panel. Here are a few of the most interesting write-ups from around the web. 

    Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson preached the gospel of continuous deployment. 

    Guy Kawasaki shared the secret of SXSW with Mashable. 

    Director Joi Ito urged entrepreneurs to get involved with the MIT Media Lab’s projects. 

    Folks who’ve been there, done that opened up about what happens when co-founder relationships go sour — and how to avoid it.

    Former U.S. CTO Aneesh Chopra discussed how startups can capitalize on the IT revolution in health care. 

    Sunday, March 11, 2012

    What We’re Reading: SXSW Edition

    It’s a rainy, thundery day in Austin, but that’s not going to stop the festivities at SXSW. Here’s what we’re reading in preparation for another day of panels, parties, and people-watching:

    Where out-of-towners see a catastrophic shortage of hotel rooms, entrepreneurial locals see an opportunity

    Wired reports that approximately 10 percent of the projects headed for SXSW Film are Kickstarter-funded, and some were only able to come thanks to crowd-funding. 

    Meanwhile, if you’re dying to know which startup is going to be this year’s breakout success story, Mashable is keeping track on their leaderboard, and here’s CNET’s assessment. 

    If you want to follow the festival from home, Forbes has several suggestions. 

    And what’s the biggest trend so far? Long, long lines, reports the Houston Chronicle. 

    Saturday, March 10, 2012