QuiBids at SXSW
Earlier this week, a few QuiBids employees (Jill, Matt, and myself) attended SXSW, a music/film/interactive festival of epic proportions. The entire event was full of individuals with the brightest minds and most innovative spirits. The interactive portion of South by Southwest is the perfect event for Geeks and Tech-lovers alike! And now that we’re back home, we’d like to share some of our highlights from SXSW 2012 with you.
Biz Stone, Co-Founder of Twitter
Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter, spoke at South by Southwest on March 12, 2012. One of the highlights of Biz’s speech was definitely his ambitious drive to encourage businesses to “totally transform the definition of capitalism as we know it today” by focusing on three elements. Those three elements are:
- Having the ability to build a business and make money from it.
- Having a desire to change the world.
- Having fun while doing it.
Stone placed a larger emphasis on the importance of the second element, “having a desire to change the world.” As opposed to simply pioneering a specific market, Biz Stone encouraged businesses to “make the world a better place” by investing in the community and giving back in various ways.
“I think this is the new success metric for capitalism,” Stone said during his enlightening presentation at SXSW. “You have to have all three to be successful … and that’s what I’m on a mission to do.”
We definitely agree with Biz. Every company, regardless of size or industry, should make money to operate, but more importantly should strive to change the world, and have fun while doing it! We’d like to think that QuiBids is in line with Biz Stone’s assertions in the sense that we strive to make shopping entertaining and “fun,” in addition to our continued efforts to give back to the community and to those in need. Want to learn more about how QuiBids gets involved? Here are just some of the things we’ve done:
Ben Silbermann, CEO of Pinterest
On Tuesday, we attended the Q&A Session with co-founder and CEO of Pinterest, Ben Silbermann. The growing popularity of Pinterest was evident by the amount of people who attended this session. When explaining the value of Pinterest to the crowd, Silbermann tried comparing the service to Twitter. A Tweet will stay on the internet for only about 48 hours, which is great for trending content, breaking news, and more ‘in-the-moment’ type of social activity. Pinterest is more focused on timeless content. Silbermann used the example of your favorite book. A week from now, or even a decade from now, it could still be your favorite book. As Tweets can become lost in the noise, Pinterest tries to make better sense of the things that interest you, and the things that make you who you are as a person.
The Buffalo Lounge
At SXSW, we spent some time at The Buffalo Lounge meeting cool people, and listening to some fantastic music from Oklahoma artists and bands. On Monday night QuiBids CEO, Matt Beckham, gave a fun presentation about our company, as Jill and myself passed out a lot of fun QuiBids swag. More photos from the event to come, so stay tuned!