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SXSnippets: Catch Nick Seguin if you can

Austin March 13, 2012 by Guest Contributor

Nick Seguin of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation wrote this post about his experience Saturday at South By Southwest Interactive in Austin, Texas. For more about Seguin and SXSnippets, see the note following this post. 


Nick Seguin made time to catch a talk from Frank Abagnale during a 24-hour span at South By Southwest that Seguin was almost always on the go. 

12:30 a.m. - Hugs and handshakes with SPN team and Dwolla folks at the Startup Weekend/Twilio/Zaarly party... They finally got there!

8 a.m. - Run and lift at hotel - gotta shake off last night and get some energy!

9:30 a.m. - Finally pick up badge ... What does that say about value of official talks vs. hallway conversations at SXSW?

11 a.m. - Session on 'Indoor Navigation' - GPS in closed space. Focus was on retail but possibilities endless. Phones already have the sensors, we just need to push tech and open (Cough - Apple - Cough) APIs.

12:30 p.m. - TechCocktail lunch with Nicole Provansal (OC Startup Weekend facilitator).

1 p.m. - Hallway conversation with Shane Reiser (Iowa - Startup Weekend + Kohort) and Adam Hofmann (KC - Zaarly)

3:30 p.m. - Catch Frank. Frank Abagnale (the real catch me if you can guy) talks about fraud, ID theft and leading a good life. Good to mix it up.

5 p.m. - Breather

6 p.m. - SendGrid party. Love hanging out with Startup Weekend Global Sponsors.

8 p.m. - Lean dinner. Small party dinner three miles away from downtown. Focused conversations on product, methodology and measurement.

11:30 p.m. - Re-connect with SPN crew at Gary Vaynerchuk's (Big Omaha Speaker) #secretwineparty. Hang out with guy in charge of economic development in Iowa. Lean in, yell in ear over dubstep, "Welcome ... This ... Is economic development."

It's now 1:24am...



Credits: Catch me if you can photo from Text 100 on Flickr. Photo of Seguin from

About the author: Nick Seguin is manager of Entrepreneurship for the Kansas City, Mo.-based Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Seguin is also a principal at dynamit (Columbos, Ohio), and he serves on the board of directors of Startup Weekend. 

About SXSnippets: SXSnippets are posts from residents of the Silicon Prairie chronicling 24 hours of their experience at South By Southwest Interactive in Austin, Texas. 

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