If you’re attending SXSW Interactive, the mega-festival that takes place from March 8-12, you’ll have over 1,000 sessions to choose from (not to mention the parties). We scoured through them to find the 15 sessions you don’t want to miss.
When: Saturday, March 9, 2-3 pm
Where: Exhibit Hall 5, Austin Convention Center
Why: Musk is the CEO and CTO of SpaceX, the first commercial company to bring cargo up to the International Space Station. Now, they’re working to build reusable, low-cost rockets that will revolutionize space travel. As if that weren’t enough, Musk is also the CEO of Tesla and the cofounder of PayPal.
Why: “Four-time NBA champion Shaquille O’Neal gives his opinions on social media, startups, online comedy, as well as all things hoops in a revealing one-on-one interview with best-selling author Brian Solis.”
Why: “Esther Dyson always seems to get interested in things before they become popular.” This will be “an interactive discussion on what’s intriguing right now to this always-curious, always-challenging, angel investor. Her enthusiasms include space travel, the quantified self, and Russia.”
Why: Blank is a customer development expert who taught the “Lean LaunchPad” class at Stanford (now available online for free). His talk is part of a day of lean startup learnings with guests like Eric Ries, Dave McClure, and Travis Kalanick of Uber.
Why: Sacks was the COO of PayPal and the founder of Yammer, both acquired for over $1 billion. He will chat with Jason Calacanis, founder of the LAUNCH conference, about advice for startups and the future of Silicon Valley