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How to make the most of your SXSW 2016 Experience

Whether you are a first timer, or a returning veteran of SXSW, I have some basic tips that will help you get ready and set so you can have the best experience possible. Here’s some tips based on my going for 10 years in a row…. My focus is on the interactive portion of the conference, but applies to music and film as well. Register now. If you have not bought a badge do it now. Register here. Get your hotel immediately. See above. Book your flight. See above. If you find flights are no longer available or are off the charts in terms of price, consider flying into San Antonio, which is 80 miles south. Don’t rent a car I would not rent a car unless you really think you need to or will be staying more than 10 miles either to the north or south of Austin. Build your SXSW profile SXSW is a place to connect, discover and be discovered by people who want to meet you. Dress accordingly. Casual is an understatement. Bring comfy clothes and more than anything, bring two pairs of good walking shoes. You will walk, walk, and walk. Don’t wear fancy loafers and ladies, don’t even think about heels, except if you are going to go partying at night. Mid-March in Austin is generally the best time of year, but bring a sweater or hoodie just in case. Last year it did rain a couple of days, and three years ago, there were three days of incredibly wet and cold weather. Plan, but allow for random. This is the hardest part to...

Special Geektime Conference / Tel Aviv Discount Code from Rackspace

On October 21st , the largest Startup conference in Israel, Geektime Conference, returns to Tel Aviv! This year, it’s going to be the biggest event ever with over 1200 entrepreneurs, investors and key executives from Israel and abroad. And the Rackspace Startups Program has a special discount code for you! Please find below a discount code for you and your guests : Register here : http://gtc2015.geektime.co.il/  Code : GTC2015RackspaceStartups Click here to register Discount code use instructions: 1. When getting to the registration page, click “enter promotional code” (under the ticket types). 2. Type in the code before you choose ticket type and click Apply. 3. Then choose a ticket quantity and click Order Now. Like every year, the conference focuses on the biggest trends and the largest issues that the Israeli startup eco-system deals with in the last year. They are hosting panels about the Gaming scene in Israel, Augmented Reality, Talent Acquisition in startups and the junction between IoT, Wearables, Digital health and Big Data. The Geektime event will also include their annual startups competition, the Startup Arena, which will focus on startup companies with disruptive technologies in various fields. You’ll want to be...

Startups, VCs, Government Delegations from around the world: Coming to #DLDTelAviv15 ? How can I help you?

If you are a startup, VC, or government delegation coming to the DLD Festival in Tel Aviv, here’s how I can help you. 1.  Hosting / Cloud credits from Rackspace – the #1 managed cloud company. 2.  Let’s schedule a PR / Mentoring sesssion while you are here in Israel. 3.  Happy to do a profile and interview of you for the writing I do for Geektime or The Times of Israel, depending on what you are looking to acheive from an editiorial point of view before you arrive. 4.  Or… how about a profile and interview of you for (same as #3) but while you are here in Israel. Drop me an email:  alan@weinkrantz.com and let’s get a conversation started. My mission with Rackspace is to #BeHelpful Hope to see you, and wishing you much success in Israel....

SXSW 2016 Accelerator brings new opportunities for Israeli startups. I’m here to help you win

On behalf of the Rackspace Hosting / Startups program in Israel, I am pleased to announced that I will be a SXSW Accelerator Advisory Board Member with a focus on Israel. I am just getting going on this initaitive and I will have more news coming in the next few weeks. The Accelerator is part of the SXSW Interactive Festival, which runs March 11-16 in Austin, Texas. The Accelerator portion of SXSW Interactive occurs Saturday, March 12th and Sunday, March 13th at the Hilton Austin Downtown (500 East 4th Street).   If you want to apply now, here is the link.   There have been several Israeli companies who have taken part in the past and some have succeeded quite well with deal flow, funding, and new business development. I am here to help you and want you to succeed if there’s an interest. Participating companies benefit from the opportunity to present their social networking applications, mobile technologies, cutting edge online entertainment technology, media related technologies, health technologies or innovative web based technology services to a panel of industry experts, early adopters, and representatives from the Venture Capitalist community. I just wanted to put this out there, and if you are interested, please email me – yes – please email me – alan@weinkrantz.com and I will be in touch. More to come. thank You! And special thanks to Chris Valentine for the opportunity to take...

Let’s meet at Tech Open Air / Berlin

In advance of Tech Open Air in Berlin next week, I am looking to meet the people who run and operate accelerators and workspaces in Amsterdam, Budapest, Istanbul, Barcelona, Tallinn and Stockholm. If you are out there, and someone shares or forwards this post with you, please email me: alan@weinkrantz.com. I’d love to meet you in Berlin. I represent the Rackspace Hosting/ Startup program in Israel and looking to expand our reach, the mission to ‪#‎BeHelpful‬ and join in your communities during Israeli national and Jewish holidays when people here in Israel may be taking time off. In reverse, if you need introductions and looking for collaboration in Israel, I also want to help you. I travel the ecosystem here in Startup Nation, work in just about every accelerator / workspace and cross paths with many many startups. My mission is to #BeHelpful. I am of the belief that we’re all on a mission to make the world a better place, leverage the power we now have in our hands to create something out of nothing, and apply our collective independent voices to affect positive change. See ya’ll in...