I emailed and texted a wide array of "South by" regulars, each of whom imparted some very valuable wisdom. Their advice was so good that I felt like I had to write this article and share it with anyone else interested in making the most out of their SXSW experience.
Indiana isn't usually included in the talent search when recruiting entrepreneurship poster boys. But last week, I was lucky enough to represent my home state at the White House as I told the entrepreneurship story that few have heard.
Entrepreneurs and the self-employed account for a huge uninsured segment. Yet entrepreneurs and those who work for them shouldn't be without coverage, as health benefits help startups attract employees and keep them healthy.
The perception of Washington, D.C. is not the reality of D.C. We have green grass, and big trees, and several blue ribbon elementary schools and we are more than a one-or-two-industry-wonder, thanks to technology and a vibrant new start-up scene.
This is an important election for all Americans, but especially for those of us in the tech community since decisions we make in November will impact the state of American innovation both in the short-term and for years to come.
We're learning to share. Well, at least our entrepreneurs are. It's called collaborative consumption, and more and more small businesses and entrepreneurs are using this concept to launch their companies.
What our country is enduring is not a cyclical issue. This is a structural economic phenomenon that will require a re-training of America's workers, a recalibration of expectations, and a new approach to industries that have not kept pace with technological trends.
I've been a movie producer for over ten years. But after a few sidelong glances, late night flirtations and moments of soul-searching, I've decided to stop cheating on my day job and commit to a new life partner. I'm now officially a software mogul.
"My No. 1 agenda over the next five years is to change Silicon Valley -- the face of it -- by bringing the same mentality I had with FUBU, which is bringing popular culture -- all my artists, myself, my capital and my friends -- to Silicon Valley."
So how do you take a good idea -- zero percent capital gains for startups -- and make it a big idea, an idea that could turbocharge innovation, company formation, and job creation in our economy right now?
While I do wish that the macroeconomic situation in the country wasn't making it so hard for the Startup America initiative to generate outcomes more quickly, I actually couldn't be more impressed with the speed and the implementation of the White House's program.