We’re coming for you, Austin! Indiegogo does SXSW

Every year, some of the coolest people doing the coolest things descend on Austin to discuss what’s going on in interactive media (tech), music, and film for South By Southwest. Because there truly is something at SXSW for everyone, we thought we would also bring a little of everything to this awesome and diverse audience.

If you’re a filmmaker, now is your chance to get some quality time with Aaron Hillis, our Manager of Film and Creative Outreach, for a mentor session – so don’t miss it. Yes, he will really mentor you 1:1 to answer all of your burning questions about making a film. Whether you’ve got a great idea and are looking for ways to fund it, need tips on how to run a crowdfunding campaign, don’t know how to get attention for your project, need distribution help, or you’re stuck somewhere in the middle, Aaron will have invaluable insight. You’ll find our resident filmmaker/critic/programmer/distributor/exhibitor/crowdfunding-expert & SXSW Advisory Board member in Stephen F. Austin Ballroom A from 2-3pm on March 11.

Take a quick coffee (or BBQ) break, and then scurry over to hear Ben Bateman, Indiegogo’s Director of Strategic Programs for China share what he’s learned from working with Chinese startups as they launch internationally. Unlike many U.S. startups, manufacturing is not the biggest hurdle in delivering a new tech product. For many Chinese startups, moving into new markets proves much more difficult as they navigate language and cultural barriers with an entirely new customer base. Don’t miss Ben’s key insights from working extensively with Chinese startups at JW Marriott Salon C at 110 E 2nd St from 5-6pm on March 11.

If you didn’t get a chance to meet Aaron, or you just miss him already, you can join him to hear why Karaoke is the latest (and greatest, it seems) networking tool at film conferences. He’ll be joined by other experts in the topic, including Jen Yamato reporter at The Daily Beast, writer/producer/director Roxanne Benjamin, and Tom Hall, Executive Director of the Montclair Film Festival. Turns out that getting a little drunk and singing “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” is good for more than just a big night with your pals. They’ll put their heads together to analyze how karaoke has become the place to make connections, and often even deals. Come learn (and laugh) at Austin Convention Center Room 17B from 2-3pm on March 12.

And finish off your Indiegogo week with Slava Rubin, our Co-Founder and Chief Business Officer as he and Bill Clark, CEO and Founder of MicroVentures, talk about equity crowdfunding, and how people will raise money in the future. Even without equity options, crowdfunding made it possible for consumers to support the projects they wanted to see get made, instead of simply buying what they saw in stores. After much anticipation and some new regulations in May 2016, Indiegogo and MicroVentures got together to launch equity crowdfunding. In just a few months since equity launched on Indiegogo, offering companies have raised millions of dollars from thousands of passionate investors. Catch them on March 14 from 9:30-10:30am at JW Marriott Salon D at 110 E 2nd St.

We know that there is lots to see at SXSW, and lots to eat all over Austin, but we’d love to see you at any and all of our sessions. Whether you’re interested in launching a campaign, investing in a project, or just want to have fun and learn at the same time, come find us!