92 thoughts on “I’m not going to MVP Summit, SXSW instead!

  1. Chris, I totally agree — designers are wholly underappreciated. And a small fraction of it they bring upon themselves by choosing to be indignant rather than learn how to communicate the value they add to the process.

  2. Chris, I totally agree — designers are wholly underappreciated. And a small fraction of it they bring upon themselves by choosing to be indignant rather than learn how to communicate the value they add to the process.

  3. Chris, I totally agree — designers are wholly underappreciated. And a small fraction of it they bring upon themselves by choosing to be indignant rather than learn how to communicate the value they add to the process.

  4. Four cool things to do at SxSW (among the many)
    Friday night, March 9th . Go the Refresh SxSWi meeting.
    (http://upcoming.org/event/155659/ )

    Afterwords, go bowling at the Avalonstar Bowling Extravaganza.
    (http://upcoming.org/event/123801/ )

    On Saturday, check out the Austin Barcamp.
    (http://barcamp.org/BarCampAustin )

    On Sunday before the Web awards stop by the SxSW Platinum lounge for a happy hour hosted by Microsoft.
    (http://2007.sxsw.com/interactive/evening_events/ )

    As an aside I couldn’t help noticing Kevin Schofield’s post. You who gets more undeserved crap than MS research? Designers (and not just at MS, but everywhere). You don’t ask a doctor to pave your driveway or plumber to perform brain surgery but EVERYONE loves to tell a designer what to do. :)
    I’ll also admit that some of the prima donnas in the design realm bring this on themselves.

    Chris Bernard
    User Experience Evangelist, Microsoft.

  5. Four cool things to do at SxSW (among the many)
    Friday night, March 9th . Go the Refresh SxSWi meeting.
    (http://upcoming.org/event/155659/ )

    Afterwords, go bowling at the Avalonstar Bowling Extravaganza.
    (http://upcoming.org/event/123801/ )

    On Saturday, check out the Austin Barcamp.
    (http://barcamp.org/BarCampAustin )

    On Sunday before the Web awards stop by the SxSW Platinum lounge for a happy hour hosted by Microsoft.
    (http://2007.sxsw.com/interactive/evening_events/ )

    As an aside I couldn’t help noticing Kevin Schofield’s post. You who gets more undeserved crap than MS research? Designers (and not just at MS, but everywhere). You don’t ask a doctor to pave your driveway or plumber to perform brain surgery but EVERYONE loves to tell a designer what to do. :)
    I’ll also admit that some of the prima donnas in the design realm bring this on themselves.

    Chris Bernard
    User Experience Evangelist, Microsoft.

  6. Four cool things to do at SxSW (among the many)
    Friday night, March 9th . Go the Refresh SxSWi meeting.
    (http://upcoming.org/event/155659/ )

    Afterwords, go bowling at the Avalonstar Bowling Extravaganza.
    (http://upcoming.org/event/123801/ )

    On Saturday, check out the Austin Barcamp.
    (http://barcamp.org/BarCampAustin )

    On Sunday before the Web awards stop by the SxSW Platinum lounge for a happy hour hosted by Microsoft.
    (http://2007.sxsw.com/interactive/evening_events/ )

    As an aside I couldn’t help noticing Kevin Schofield’s post. You who gets more undeserved crap than MS research? Designers (and not just at MS, but everywhere). You don’t ask a doctor to pave your driveway or plumber to perform brain surgery but EVERYONE loves to tell a designer what to do. :)
    I’ll also admit that some of the prima donnas in the design realm bring this on themselves.

    Chris Bernard
    User Experience Evangelist, Microsoft.

  7. Robert…if you’re interested in hanging out with filmmaker types, we are hosting some dinner roundtables at SXSW. The topic of conversation will be filmmaking, digital distribution and the changing expectation of a new audience. We are filming, editing and giving everyone who participates access to the video to use on their own sites…or in promotion of particular films. Let me know if you are interested and I’ll get you on the schedule.

    Cheers!

  8. Robert…if you’re interested in hanging out with filmmaker types, we are hosting some dinner roundtables at SXSW. The topic of conversation will be filmmaking, digital distribution and the changing expectation of a new audience. We are filming, editing and giving everyone who participates access to the video to use on their own sites…or in promotion of particular films. Let me know if you are interested and I’ll get you on the schedule.

    Cheers!

  9. Robert…if you’re interested in hanging out with filmmaker types, we are hosting some dinner roundtables at SXSW. The topic of conversation will be filmmaking, digital distribution and the changing expectation of a new audience. We are filming, editing and giving everyone who participates access to the video to use on their own sites…or in promotion of particular films. Let me know if you are interested and I’ll get you on the schedule.

    Cheers!

  10. We’re doing a BlogNetworkCamp sometime at SXSW, but would love to see you outside of that. We’ll be down from the 9-13, so feel free to call my cell anytime you’re free :)

  11. We’re doing a BlogNetworkCamp sometime at SXSW, but would love to see you outside of that. We’ll be down from the 9-13, so feel free to call my cell anytime you’re free :)

  12. We’re doing a BlogNetworkCamp sometime at SXSW, but would love to see you outside of that. We’ll be down from the 9-13, so feel free to call my cell anytime you’re free :)

  13. Dude, I’m really looking forward to catching up with you next week and showing you around the Techfest floor.

    As to the person who said that our researchers “have little clue about how to make a product, create a business and ship” — well, yeah. They’re reserchers. Tech transfer is a partnership between our researchers and the super smart people in Microsoft’s product groups. Researchers don’t ship products. Developers don’t do marketing plans. Testers don’t write online help. Program managers don’t run research projects. It’s called specialization. I’d rather have a diverse, interdisciplinary team of people who are all world-class at their area of expertise than a team of jack-of-all-trades who are merely good at everything. Yes, there are challenges at getting interdisciplinary teams to work together but when you do it the result is amazing.

  14. Dude, I’m really looking forward to catching up with you next week and showing you around the Techfest floor.

    As to the person who said that our researchers “have little clue about how to make a product, create a business and ship” — well, yeah. They’re reserchers. Tech transfer is a partnership between our researchers and the super smart people in Microsoft’s product groups. Researchers don’t ship products. Developers don’t do marketing plans. Testers don’t write online help. Program managers don’t run research projects. It’s called specialization. I’d rather have a diverse, interdisciplinary team of people who are all world-class at their area of expertise than a team of jack-of-all-trades who are merely good at everything. Yes, there are challenges at getting interdisciplinary teams to work together but when you do it the result is amazing.

  15. Dude, I’m really looking forward to catching up with you next week and showing you around the Techfest floor.

    As to the person who said that our researchers “have little clue about how to make a product, create a business and ship” — well, yeah. They’re reserchers. Tech transfer is a partnership between our researchers and the super smart people in Microsoft’s product groups. Researchers don’t ship products. Developers don’t do marketing plans. Testers don’t write online help. Program managers don’t run research projects. It’s called specialization. I’d rather have a diverse, interdisciplinary team of people who are all world-class at their area of expertise than a team of jack-of-all-trades who are merely good at everything. Yes, there are challenges at getting interdisciplinary teams to work together but when you do it the result is amazing.

  16. Robert — 3.5 hours on I-35 puts me down in Austin, so let me know which days/nights you’re going to be there (most likely only a chunk of the 9-day event, I imagine). Beckett is probably too young to do his first geek blog-up & SXSW road trip, but we’ll see what his mom says as we get closer!

    If you get the time, get one of your Austin guides to wisk you out of town for some real BBQ down at the Salt Lick: http://www.saltlickbbq.com/ About 20/30 min south of the city, but worth the drive. And you’ll get a legit nod of approval from the locals, too, which is almost as good as a blog link (he smiles).

    Look forward to catching up with you again down this way, my friend. Cheers, Christian

  17. Robert — 3.5 hours on I-35 puts me down in Austin, so let me know which days/nights you’re going to be there (most likely only a chunk of the 9-day event, I imagine). Beckett is probably too young to do his first geek blog-up & SXSW road trip, but we’ll see what his mom says as we get closer!

    If you get the time, get one of your Austin guides to wisk you out of town for some real BBQ down at the Salt Lick: http://www.saltlickbbq.com/ About 20/30 min south of the city, but worth the drive. And you’ll get a legit nod of approval from the locals, too, which is almost as good as a blog link (he smiles).

    Look forward to catching up with you again down this way, my friend. Cheers, Christian

  18. Robert — 3.5 hours on I-35 puts me down in Austin, so let me know which days/nights you’re going to be there (most likely only a chunk of the 9-day event, I imagine). Beckett is probably too young to do his first geek blog-up & SXSW road trip, but we’ll see what his mom says as we get closer!

    If you get the time, get one of your Austin guides to wisk you out of town for some real BBQ down at the Salt Lick: http://www.saltlickbbq.com/ About 20/30 min south of the city, but worth the drive. And you’ll get a legit nod of approval from the locals, too, which is almost as good as a blog link (he smiles).

    Look forward to catching up with you again down this way, my friend. Cheers, Christian

  19. Ah… too bad. I was hoping to catch dinner with you and Buzz during the Summit. Have fun in Austin and buy Jeremy and Aaron a beer for me ;^)

    You going to Etech or Web 2.0 Expo by any chance?

  20. Ah… too bad. I was hoping to catch dinner with you and Buzz during the Summit. Have fun in Austin and buy Jeremy and Aaron a beer for me ;^)

    You going to Etech or Web 2.0 Expo by any chance?

  21. Ah… too bad. I was hoping to catch dinner with you and Buzz during the Summit. Have fun in Austin and buy Jeremy and Aaron a beer for me ;^)

    You going to Etech or Web 2.0 Expo by any chance?

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