SXSW 2016 in Review

SXSW 2016 was great! I’m enjoying the conference more every year. I think last year’s presentations were more thought-provoking, but there were several good talks this year too.



  • NativeScript: The Future of Mobile App Development – Wanna write a single JavaScript program that can run on iOS, Android, and Windows phone? Then NativeScript is for you! It’s a neat idea, and I think the fact that we keep seeing write-once-run-on-any-native-platform projects shows how valuable such a project would be.
  • The Future of Media Companies – Hard to believe that a BuzzFeed speech would have a click-bait title, right?!
  • Daring Greatly – To summarize: breathe. I’m being flippant. Brene Brown is amazing and her keynote was no exception. One of my favorites.
  • Unstoppable Trends that are Changing the World – Max, the co-founder and CTO of PayPal, is staggeringly smart. The presentation was good. The Q&A was great. In the time it took to read a question, Max could come up with a brilliant, self-assured response that was delivered with precision. He invoked the idea of a shrewd, genius VC.
  • The Linguistic Secrets Found in Billions of Emoji – I thought I could buy some nerd-cred with my wife with this one. I don’t use emoji like most people use emoji :–\