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Four Lessons Learned at SXSL

The Forrest Four-Cast: October 4, 2016

Yesterday’s first-ever South by South Lawn event proved to be a huge success. Attendees learned, listened, connected and brainstormed — what more can you ask for in an afternoon at the White House? At my end, four of the most important lessons that I will remember from this amazing experience are as follows:

  1. Partnerships are everything. SXSL happened as successfully as it did because some relatively odd bedfellows (including two Austin-based companies, SXSW and C3) combined their talents for a common goal. Yes, it is amazing what can happen in a city like Washington DC when petty differences are suspended and people work together to achieve the greater good.

For those who were not able to attend SXSL, read the extensive coverage from our friends at TechCrunch. Or, re-watch the stream from yesterday’s event at whitehouse.gov. Will there be another similar gathering in the future? Maybe so, maybe no. But for now, let’s just take some time to digest all of yesterdays ideas and connections.

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Celebrating creativity at SXSW. Also, reading reading reading, the Boston Red Sox, good food, exercise when possible and sleep sleep sleep.

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