SXSW 2016: The Wrap Up - GO.CO Blog

Another SXSW has come and gone! Our heads are still spinning from the excitement and we’re still catching up on our sleep, but we couldn’t wait to tell you about our time in Austin during SXSW 2016.

To kick off our time in Austin, Friday night we hosted 100 of our COmmunity members at our Happy Hour event on at The Backspace, where our .COers were treated to delicious pizza, beer and lots of .CO swag. We loved meeting so many of our COmmunity members and hearing all about their #startuplife journeys!

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Saturday we were able to attend several conference sessions and hear industry experts share their insights on a host of different topics. We walked away feeling inspired and energized.

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Steve Case and Frank Gruber

We also awarded a few lucky .COers with their very own conference badges–IADB.co, Riise.co and RealStarter.co all got hooked up with gold badges.

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Riise.co showing off their SXSW badges 

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The IADB team

On Saturday night, our wonderful partner, Springboard (SB.co) hosted a lovely dinner that we were lucky enough to attend. Springboard is a highly-vetted expert network of innovators, investors and influencers who are dedicated to building high-growth technology-oriented companies led by women.

It was inspiring to be in a room with so many brilliant minds including Springboard Chairman Kay Koplovitz, author of Been There, Run That – a must-read for aspiring entrepreneurs.

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Yummy .CO cupcakes at the Springboard dinner

Sunday afternoon we were thrilled to be a part of Springboard & New York Fashion Tech Lab’s exciting Dolphin Tank event, where selected startups pitched and received feedback from industry thought leaders and judges.

Two fashion-focused .COers—EverApp and TrendAnalytics—both gave remarkable pitches to a packed crowd.

EverApp.co is an exciting new service that allows consumers to discover and purchase anything they discover in videos they view. We were also impressed by merchandise intelligence startup Trendanalytics.co—whose Dolphin Tank pitch left a strong impression on everyone in attendance. We look forward to following the success of both of these fashion-tech rising stars.

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EverApp pitching at Dolphin Tank

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Trendanalytics pitching at Dolphin Tank

We closed out the weekend at the Tech.co Startup Celebration where 28 of the most talked about startups from across the globe showcased. .COers Trago, IADB and InstaVR all gave stellar pitches. It was definitely one of the hottest parties at SXSW (the massive line down 6th Street says it all). It was an awesome night—and the perfect way to close out another amazing SXSW!

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Massive line outside the Tech.co Startup Celebration

There’s nothing we love more than promoting and supporting all of the brilliant ideas that are coming to life on .CO. Through the Happy Hour, the badges we gave .CO-ers and the pitch opportunities we provided, we hope our COmmunity members felt the .CO love!

Cheers!