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Whoa, we’re up to Episode 97! Time for a ranting recap of my 5 days at the SXSW Interactive Conference in Austin, TX.

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Topics Covered:

Happy fans, Happy sponsors: How a brand like Wired throws a killer Happy Hour for hundreds
Sponsored events: Integrating top-tier sponsors into an event
– Using social media to ensure a great user experience
– How Twitter was like Jessie Jackson

[Above: I give away Wired swag to the Wired Happy Hour Crowd]

Twitter vs. Foursquare: The similarities between the two products is eerie
Fourwhere? Jim takes a deep-dive look at the geolocation darling, and what it means for you and your business

Other quick hits:

– Jim meets Four Hour Workweek author Tim Ferriss
Gary Vaynerchuk: Thoughts on the most energetic speaker that Jim saw
Clay Shirky: Jim retells Clay’s story comparing an old woman on the street to teenagers and music piracy
Networking: It’s all about the people, people
Work-life balance: Do you know when to turn it off?
Runner recommendation: Check out the documentary film “Hood to Coast,” which looks at the 200-mile relay race held in Oregon each year
– I’m selling my netbook! The netbook is dead! Long live the netbook!
I’m sold on the iPad! WIRED Magazine creative director Scott Dadich and Jeremy Clark from Adobe wowed a packed room with their vision of what our product on a tablet will look like. Sign me up.

Anti-social Media: Is it going to keep getting worse before it gets better?
“The Hoodie Culture” … my take on the new breed of internet entrepreneurs. Young, poised techies like Chris McCann, Brendan McManus, and Ethan Block are driving new media. Best of all, they’ll all be on upcoming episodes of The Hopkinson Report.
Iterative Development: Why the design/develop/deploy/feedback loop is getting faster, and what it means to rapid web development

Mega rants:
Gen X vs. Gen Y throwdown… do you know who ZZ Top is? And as a bonus, what is the name of their drummer?
The bartender conundrum. Please, please someone tell me why a bar doesn’t bring in enough bartenders around major events to maximize revenue. I just don’t get it.


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