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Mar 15

QuiBids at South by Southwest 2012

Posted by Blake Brown under Events

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

QuiBids attends Biz Stone Speech at SXSW

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:

QuiBids Builds Homes with Habitat for Humanity

QuiBids Sponsors Children’s Wish with The Make-a-Wish Foundation

QuiBids Collects Items for Troops Overseas with Adopt-A-Platoon

QuiBids Joins the Fight Against Breast Cancer

QuiBids Holds a Holiday Toy Drive

QuiBids Holds ReTweet Contest to Raise Money for Children International


 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!


  1. annmarie62 says:

    Next time you go please invite me.  I am a quibid addict, and my daughter is in high honors and a super geek in musical theatre in NJ.  In community theatre, volunteers for everything as her mom taught her well.  And just broke up with her Techie boyfriend after 9 months. OH we so fit the bill for this one.  I must have missed the invitation in the mail.  Wait until I see my mailman tomorrow….tee hee….Glad you guys had fun!! Annmariekarenz

  2. PennyBurners says:

    Looks and sounds like a really FUN time! Still wish we could have been there, gang :-) 

    Thank you for the re-cap of the event. We love Twitter and Pinterest and use them every day – probably a bit too much, haha! 

    We really appreciate Biz’s three most important elements, as we strive to do the same, and QuiBids has certainly done so, too. Keep up the good work! We appreciate your support, and of course, you have ours :-) QuiBids is truly one of the “good guys” of the penny auction industry, and we can’t wait to see what the future has in store for you – us – and the industry.