So I couldn’t get down to Austin, TX this week to partake in South-by-Southwest. I was pretty bummed, but I think maybe I may have caught some of the best conversations despite being in Chicago.
Last week, I saw a post on Product Hunt for Meerkat. Meerkat is a live video streaming app, mobile-to-mobile. It uses your Twitter login and when you start a stream, a tweet is sent with a link to the live feed.
So, I happened upon a few key players streaming from SXSW like Gary Vaynerchuk, Sarah Evans and someone I’ve been looking to meet, Matt Mazzeo.
Via Meerkat, I caught Matt’s daily “lowercase office hours” in the lobby of a hotel where he does quick interviews/discussions with founders and other influencers during SXSW.
Today’s session was pretty great and he even did a quick discussion with the Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis’ agent. Very cool impromptu conversation about a movie in the works for Mikhail Gorbachev.
Here’s a quick recap of the startups he put on his “hang”. Hopefully I’ve captured the correct elevator pitch for each of these:
Homerun – Killer stories about sports players built on their stats
Rex.is – Great stuff curated by interesting people
Class.travel – Worldwide travel rewards program
Snowshoe – Plastic ID that uses smartphone screen for recognition
Humin – Contacts stored in a more human way
Clinton Foundation – not a startup but a mention, none-the-less.
Looking forward to more great stuff from @mazzeo on @meerkat!