Three domain companies and events to hit while in Austin.
SXSW Interactive in Austin is an overwhelming event. There are hundreds of sessions to choose from, and just finding their locations can be a challenge.
So let me break down for you some essentials for SXSW Interactive 2013 if you’re in the domain business.
I know of three domain companies that will be at SXSW in some way this year. (There will likely be many more next year as new TLDs roll out.)
.Co is going big at SXSW once again. I don’t know their full schedule, but one event they’re sponsoring is Tech Cocktail’s SXSW Startup Celebration. You can get your free ticket here. The event is Saturday, March 9 at 7 pm.
If you have a business running on a .co, I’d follow them on Twitter to learn about where they’ll be and get hooked up.
Domain.com is sponsoring The Brush Square Bash & Lounge on Saturday from 4-9. Free booze, free BBQ, and The Spazmatics.
Here’s how you can get VIP access to the party.
The company will also have a booth at the tradeshow.
Sedo is getting another 15 minutes of fame (literally, 15 minutes) again this year.
Sedo general counsel Jeremiah Johnston will present a “Future 15” titled “New Domains Have Landed: Now What!?“.
Last year’s Future 15 talks were south of the river; this year Johnston will be speaking in the thick of it at the Hilton next to the convention center.
What else to do
You’ll be amazed at all the free stuff you can get just by walking around downtown during SXSW. Honestly, it’s a good way to soak it all in.
I also recommend checking out the SXSW Comedy events for which your interactive badge gives you access. If you swing by Esther’s Follies most nights there will be some sort of comedy event going on.
Here are a few other events that stand out to me:
Tesla co-founder and SpaceX founder Elon Musk (Saturday)
Newark Mayor Cory Booker (Sunday)
Kim Dotcom via Skype so he doesn’t get taken into custody (Monday)
PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel (Tuesday)