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🤘🗳Vote Local, Austin: 20 SXSW panels featuring Austinites that deserve your PanelPicker vote

Community August 12, 2018

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🤘🗳Vote Local, Austin: 20 SXSW panels featuring Austinites that deserve your PanelPicker vote

SXSW 2019 may still be many months away, but the time to vote for panels is now! Support the ATX Startup Community by voting for this selection of panels featuring Austinites.

If you’re unfamiliar with PanelPicker — it is a time for brands, influencers and professionals to submit their ideas for presentations and discussions to be held on one of the many stages at next year’s SXSW. Once submitted, the community is allowed to chime in and vote on what topics capture their interest. Community voting opened up last week and will run its course over the next two weeks ending on August 30th. Of the thousands of submissions, our team has poured through and highlighted a diverse grouping of Austin startup focused panels that we think deserve to be at SXSW 2019!

We reached out to the Mio readers to make sure we hadn’t missed out any awesome people so may notice this post has grown from 15 to 20 panels!

1. “Startup-Corporate Partnerships Key To Innovation” with JD Weinstein @ Oracle

A recent trend for all startups to take note of: corporations are changing their approach to innovation. We’ve selected this panel as our first to upvote as it’s something that’s been critical to our own path to success at Message.io. Find out how startups and corporations can partner to achieve results that truly benefit both sides. JD Weinstein, head of Oracle’s Startup Ecosystem in Austin; Karen Kilroy, entrepreneur and CEO of Kilroy Blockchain; Sabrina Wojtewicz, co-founder of Bunker Labs; and Sara Chapman, Director of Entrepreneurship Strategy & Partnerships at Dell will discuss how both startups and corporations can work together and find the right fit.

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2. “From Basic Bot to Extraordinary AI” with C.K. Sample @ Hypergiant

Over the past five years, the tech industry has pushed the implementation of conversational intelligence, but actual execution presents several challenges. This panel will take a realistic look at what’s possible and how to get started. Technologist C.K. Sample, expert data scientist Drew Lipman, and EVP of Design Chris Klee will lead this panel that’s sure to give high-quality advice that goes beyond the hype.

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3. “Hunting and Gathering Data is so Paleolithic!” with Monica Landers @ Everlywell

Tools and machines now allow us to capitalize on unstructured data in ways unimaginable even a year ago. We no longer have to travel, search, and pull together large datasets, which allows more time to interpret, extract intelligent insights, and act upon the data. Monica Landers, CEO of Storyfit, Will Mitchell, CEO of Contract Simply, Julia Cheek, CEO of Everlywell, and Matthew Wensing, Co-Founder of Risk Pulse, will share how to leverage your company’s data to make smarter decisions and ride the next wave of performance and productivity gains. Learn how to focus your data objectives and build a data-rich culture based on applied use cases.

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4. “Getting Vulnerable with Female Entrepreneurs” with Autumn Manning @ You Earned It

This impressive panel lineup may look effortlessly successful but acknowledges that they are struggling with the same things as everyone else. Four successful female company founders – Shayna Brown, Founder of Chez Boom Audio, Jan Ryan, Exec. Director of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at the University of Texas at Austin, Alex Winkelman Zeplain, Founder of Hello My Tribe, and Autumn Manning, CEO of You Earned It – will open up about their struggles, pressures, and leadership battles to share how they’ve coped and built a community.

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5. “Maximizing ROI via TLC (Talent-Leadership-Culture)” with Kim Gorsuch @ Weeva

Decision Makers and Influencers (executives, investors, board members, advisors) must push for these results and not accept anything less. This panel will help you get a better understanding of how Talent-Leadership-Culture drives ROI and how it can be achieved, with Wade Allen, CEO of Cendea, Jim Bledsoe, Senior Partner of Cendea, and Kim Gorsuch, CEO of Weeva.

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6. “How To Activate Your Hidden Data Workforce” with Brett Hurt @ data.world

Learn how to shift your company’s thinking from Selective Data Empowerment to Collective Data Empowerment–making it possible for everyone to contribute. Join Alex Balazs, Vice President of Intuit, Brett Hurt, CEO of data.world, and Dan Khabie, CEO of Mirum Agency, as they discuss how to activate your hidden data workforce to build a truly data-driven culture.

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7. “Radically Better Mentoring: Giving Women a Chance” with Mellie Price @ Dell Medical School

Mentoring is so important yet fundamentally broken for aspiring women leaders. The lack of top level female representation leaves many aspiring young women without role-models, and critically, access to mentors in the workplace. This panel brings together Anna Robinson, CEO and founder of Ceresa, an international women’s mentorship organization, as well as successful female mentors and mentees Jackie Olson, Director Customer Retention and Analytics at Build A Sign, Mellie Price, Executive Director of Commercialization at Dell Medical School, and Brent Allen, Associate Publisher of Marie Claire. It will also cover how to find mentorship opportunities, the importance of mentees’ preparation, and how to build truly impactful and joyful mentoring experiences.

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8. “What B&M Brands Can Learn From eCommerce” with Ryan Wuerch @ Dosh

With 94 percent of all retail purchases still taking place in brick and mortar locations, it’s time brands unlock the full potential of mobile technology. E-commerce and online brands are starting to crack digital marketing as the industry has been progressively adopting hyper-personalized advertising. The same success has been impossible to effectively replicate offline, and physical stores continue to struggle to understand customer behavior. Dosh’s CEO, Ryan Wuerch, says there are three crucial components we need to effectively address to master offline advertising: automation, location, and personalization.

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9. “CEO Diaries: So You’ve Been Acquired. Now What?” with Cotter Cunningham @ RetailMeNot

Another important panel topic in a Startup’s journey! Hear from Brian Sharples from HomeAway, Cotter Cunningham from RetailMeNot, and Jag Bath from Favor, 3 successful Austin CEOs who have built significant consumer-facing tech businesses to find out what life is like after their companies have been acquired. Learn how acquisitions can usher in new eras of growth and hiring, how to nurture existing cultures, how to merge different ways of thinking when the acquiring company doesn’t have tech roots, and how to deploy strategies for future success.

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10. “Investing in & operating a fast-growth D2C biz” with Roger Chen @ Silverton Partners

This will be a panel with two venture capital investors and two entrepreneurs that focus on the consumer goods category. Topics will include best practices in building fast-growth consumer goods brands and the differences between the old and new way of building consumer product companies. There is a great tie-in to Austin here given that the city has become a hotbed for consumer goods innovation. The companies that are represented will be digitally-native brands, with Jessica Ewing, CEO of Literati, and Georgina Gooley, Co-founder of Billie.

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11. “Corporations are Failing to Innovate, or Are They?” with Ben Lamm @ Hypergiant

This panel with Mike Erwin, Co-Founder of SoftMatch, Emily Keeton, Global Head of M&A at Wework, and Ben Lamm, Co-Founder of Hypergiant, will explain how corporate innovators can expedite innovation through strategic connections to cutting-edge tech locked-up in the startup ecosystem. Startups will learn how to leverage corporate M&A and R&D departments to provide resources for scale and funding opportunities for next-stage growth.

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12. “Inside the Wild Wild West of Cryptocurrencies” with Kyle Samani @ Multicoin Capital

Kyle Samani, Managing Partner of Multicoin Capital, Ari Paul, CIO of Blocktower, Linda Xie, Managing Director of Scalar Capital & Robert Hackett, Editor of Fortune, will elucidate their investment practices and approaches, expound upon forces moving the market, and imagine what the future of blockchain will hold for users around the world. This will no doubt be a lively conversation that fiercely debates diverse investment approaches.

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13. “Building Your Brand in Texas & Beyond” with Dan Graham @ Notley Ventures

Ranked America’s top state for businesses in 2018 by CNBC, Texas’ rapid entrepreneurial growth and business-friendly attitude have made the state an attractive place to start and expand a business nationwide. Hear from C-suite executives of successful Texas-born and bred companies across varying industries — from retail to tech to social enterprise– all at different stages in their growth, as they share their tips and strategies for success.

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14. “Why ​Imagination Eats Innovation for Breakfast” with Josh Jones-Dilworth @ Culturati

Josh Jones-Dilworth, co-founder of Culturati, a community of CEOs, entrepreneurs, investors and other c-suite leaders who practice and study culture building, joins Sharon Chang, the founder of Future Architects and visionary behind NYU’s Future Imagination Fund, to dig into what most startups do wrong when it comes to “innovation.” This panel explores why we must develop the discipline and capacity to imagine new realities before we can innovate our way out of the complex challenges we face.

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 15. “Using AR to Bridge the Online-Offline Retail Gap ” with Trish Katz @ Outdoor Voices

Augmented Reality allows users to interact with virtual objects seamlessly in the real world. It has the power to enhance online and offline retail experiences, making it attractive to both shoppers and retail workers. By using AR in the digital shopping experience, product uncertainty is removed and conversion is increased. In store, AR can be used to provide product details, promotional displays, customer reviews and more. In this session we’ll discuss examples and opportunities for retailers to bring Augmented Reality into their retail strategy and tech roadmap.

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16. “You Don’t Need Rockstar Engineers” with Dan Murrel Jr and Karen White @ BigCommerce

Once upon a time in computing, it was thought that in addition to junior and senior software engineers, companies needed superhumans that could do the work of many: the mythical rockstar engineer. You don’t need rockstar engineers. You need a rockstar engineering organization. An engineering organization is more than the group of people within. It can have a history. Diversity. A point of view. Opinions. Practices. Failures to learn from. Successes to celebrate. Experience. Stories to tell. Learning how to tell those stories, share that experience, voice those opinions, and demonstrate that diversity, is key to elevating your engineering organization. This session explains the strategy, documents our own efforts to make that transition, and shares lessons learned along the way.

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17. “How Underdogs Can Build A Kickass, Inclusive Team” with Meteesh Karia @ The Zebra

Competition for top technical talent is tough. And it gets even tougher when your company is just starting out and can’t match the salaries that bigger players offer. The Zebra, the top car insurance search site in the US, overcame those challenges with an unorthodox approach that included easing up on technical requirements for particular roles, recruiting in under-utilized areas like Nigeria, and guaranteeing a phone screen to any candidate from an underrepresented background. As a result, The Zebra assembled a diverse group of engineers in one of the most competitive hiring environments in the country. Find out how their approach can help your scrappy startup put together a team you can be proud of.

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18. “Creative’s Failure Swap: Stories and Solutions” with Michu Benaim Steiner @ In-House International

For leaders in creative industries, failure is still taboo. Reputation is king, and referrals are still a major source of new business. So we drown our failures in margaritas pray no one ever finds out.
But failure is knowledge capital.
Participants signing up for the workshop will list topics they’re interested in, and areas where they’ve failed. The workshop will create a safe space for creatives to exchange their failures openly, discuss lessons learned, and help peers going through similar issues now.
By the end of the session, participants will feel less alone, be better prepared to face tough challenges and have people they can call on to work through difficult situations in the future. As a whole we’ll build a more resilient, competent and collaborative creative community.

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19. Oil & Water: Can Banks and Fintech Innovate 4 Good? with James Garvey @ Self Lender

So what happens when a small Bank that is a social engine for good and wants to make a difference in Fintech too? Meet Sunrise Banks, a certified B Corp and Global Alliance for Banking on Values bank — that takes on the challenge of integrating values with Fintech. Hear from a bank who was one of the first B Corps in the country, a fintech who will discuss how they collaborate. A Fast Company reporter to discuss the impact of social good on our economy. And, finally Dessa, the socially conscious musician (currently, in talks) to add consumer perspective on how implementing popular Fintech apps adds to positive social interactions and public good.

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20. “Next Generation Messaging in the Workplace” with Tom Hadfield @ Mio

And finally, I will be moderating a lively discussion with leaders from Google, Cisco & Slack about the shift from email to real-time messaging, which has enhanced collaboration and productivity, but also presents significant challenges for. Vote for this panel to understand how top-performing companies use workflows, bots, & other integrations within their internal chat to create organizational efficiencies. Get strategies to prevent your team’s internal chat app from being a noisy information overload, and hear upcoming trends from platform thought leaders.

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