Live from #SXSW

Xero’s US President Jamie Sutherland and Account Manager Spencer Christeck have been at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas this weekend. We gave them a quick Skype call to see how it’s been going:

Jamie: There are all kinds of people here, from startups pitching at the side of the street to established enterprises who make great apps for small businesses. The best thing about SXSW is meeting these people.

Networking champ Spencer agreed:

Spencer: SXSW is ALL about meeting people. You can strike up a conversation with anyone. And whenever you do, you’re going to meet someone who is doing something incredibly fascinating.

Spencer and Australian Xero Gold Partner Steph Hinds with some new friends.

Jamie’s plans were waylaid:

Jamie: I planned on going to all kinds of keynotes and panels, but once I saw how many people are here those plans went right out the window. Although we are heading along to a Mashable event tonight and going to hear tech guru Ray Kurzweil give a keynote speech tomorrow.

So what are all these people talking about?

Spencer: Everyone is talking about how to attract talent for all kinds of roles in their businesses, from product development to sales and marketing.

The enthusiasm didn’t stop with SXSW. Jamie and Spencer had good things to say about Austin as well:

Jamie: Sixth Street is packed with people. It’s a really cool street with restaurants, cafes, patios, bars and amazing food trucks. Tacos everywhere. Chilantro is my favorite food truck: Korean plus Mexican burrito…nice!

Want more updates? Follow Jamie and Spencer on Twitter live from the Austin event.

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