Monday, August 16, 2010

Please Vote for My SXSW Panels

Hi folks,


It is that time of the year when, under the guise of crowdsourcing panel ideas, SXSW gets us to mention them a lot and drive traffic to their site.  Be that as it may, I would still very much appreciate your vote for one or more of my panels...

You will have to create a quick account (takes 10 seconds) and then you can give me the green thumbs up (or if you are feeling testy, I suppose you could give me the red thumbs down).

My first panel is called:  Eleven Key Mistakes Every Startup Can Avoid.  It is actually not a panel, but a dual presentation that I am putting on together with my friend David Jones, a VC at Southern Capitol Ventures.  We are going to focus on what I like to call the "dumb" mistakes.  These are mistakes we see folks making over and over again that are really very easy not to make.  Also, some of these can be quite painful to fix -- so why not do it right from the beginning?  We are going to run through the 11 mistakes fairly quickly using real world examples and then throw it open to the audience to ask questions about starting up and the quest for VC.  Last year, I felt like there was a real void of and strong demand for a straightforward, nuts and bolts presentation on setting up your start-up to maximize your funding chances.  So this is my shot at providing it.  Here is the link again:  Eleven Key Mistakes Every Startup Can Avoid.

My second panel is a bit more technical and is focused on the music space.  It is called Spectrum Bias and Streaming Royalties.  We will focus on the basic fact that the FCC's current royalty system is unfairly biased against internet radio and in favor of FM radio (and to a lesser extent satellite radio). Royalty payments range drastically from zero to a huge number, based solely on the spectrum of the radio wave transmitting the song.  There are some key differences in how the various spectrums can monetize, but it is not clear that this makes up for the imbalance in royalty rates.  As an aside, I originally titled the panel: "Forget the Ocean, It's the Size of the Wave", but my SXSW reviewer thought that was a bit too risque...  My friend Joel Erb from SpotTrot will be on the panel among others.  Click here to vote for me:  Spectrum Bias and Streaming Royalties.

I should also mention two other panels that friends have proposed.  The first comes from my partner, Dave Meyers, and it focuses on the long and winding road to an IPO.  It is called Show Me the Money:  Doing the IPO Dance.  Dave is great on this subject and will have a lot of war stories and practical advice on the good and the bad that comes with attempting an IPO.  The second I have mentioned before, but bears mentioning again.  It is a panel on the legality (or lack thereof) of crowd funding a startup in the US.  It is being put on by Fred Bryant at Wealthforge and is called Crowd Funding Your Startup -- Without Going to Jail.

Thanks in advance for your support.  More substantive posts coming later this week!

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