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Originally from South Carolina, Leslie Silver earned her Journalism degree at Indiana University (Go Hoosiers!) and moved to the Big Apple right after school. After six years in the city she was ready for a change of lifestyle and weather and made the move to Austin. Leslie works in hospitality public relations and loves to take her experience of trying top-notch clients around the world and using those experiences to critique spas and restaurants all over central Texas.

Leslie is a Huge dog lover, outdoorswoman, avid reader and has a healthy obsession with the show Parks and Recreation. Though living in Austin for less than a year, she’s already experience quite a lot and can’t wait to learn, explore and write about everything she discovers in the next year.

Recap: SXSW Interactive 2014

Leslie Silver and Steven Kruger at the Outdoor Stage at Butler Park during SXSW

What a whirlwind it has been! From the unusual cold weather to the extremely long lines – let’s get the negative out of the way first – to the flavors, sounds, sights and lessons of the 2014 SXSW Interactive conference.

Grumpy Cat on Game of Thrones’ Iron Throne at SXSW (Photo Credit: Mashable.com)

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SXSW Interactive 2014: FX Network’s Strain Pods

The strain pod (Photo Credit: Leslie Silver)

One of FX Network’s newest shows took over a SXSW lounge for a very cool break for participants in between sessions. The Strain will be coming out in July. FX took over a prime downtown location to create the Transformation Station – cure for ‘the strain’ of SXSW.

Strain pods ‘rented’ out (Photo [...]

PayPal SXSW Lounge at the Convention Center

PayPal stage (Photo Credit: Leslie Silver)

PayPal store in the SXSW lounge (Photo Credit: Leslie Silver)

The lounges are an amazing part of SXSW. When you are taking a break in between sessions, or just need a place to have a cold drink and sit down for a minute there are so many to choose from scattered all over [...]

SXSW Interactive 2014: Algorithms, Journalism And Democracy

Algorithms session at SXSW (Photo Credit: Leslie Silver)

One of my favorite surprise South by Southwest (SXSW) panels of the day was Algorithms, Journalism & Democracy. The panel was lead by Gilad Lotan, the chief data scientist at Betaworks, and Kelly McBride, senior faculty at The Poynter Institute.

McBride started the conversation by talking about the original democracy being the marketplace of [...]

SXSW Interactive 2014: I Ran An Extremely Successful Crowdfunding Scam

Crowdfunding scam session (Photo Credit: Leslie Silver)

South by Southwest (SXSW)’s session on I Ran an Extremely Successful Crowdfunding Scam was very informative for anyone interested in the crowdfunding world. The presenters were Savannah Peterson, shop owner coach and social media manager at Shapeways, and Tom Miale, the founder/CEO of Funnler.TV.

Crowdfunding scam session (Photo Credit: Leslie Silver)

Miale [...]

SXSW Interactive 2014: Cat Cash: The Economy of Internet Cat Videos

The sweetest little Grumpy Cat (Photo Credit: Leslie Silver)

Grumpy Cat entering the building (Photo Credit: Leslie Silver)

The most adorable panel I saw this weekend at South by Southwest (SXSW) was Cat Cash: The Economy of Internet Cat Videos. It was a very interesting array of panelists. Ben Lashes is a management consultant and described by Mashable as ‘the world’s first [...]

SXSW Interactive 2014: Disrupting The Scene: Place-Based And Digital Ads

Advertising panel at SXSW (Photo Credit: Leslie Silver)

A favorite billboard ad from Apple (Photo Credit: Leslie Silver)

Disrupting the Scene: Place-Based & Digital Ads was lead by a fantastic panel of presenters who are all experts in the advertising field. Ashley Giombetti is the media director of the Ad Council and Beth Ellard is the company’s executive vice president of [...]

SXSW Interactive 2014: Are We All Producers Now?

Are we all producers now? SXSW session (Photo Credit: Leslie Silver)

Are We All Producers Now? at SXSW had two presenters with very impressive resumes, Dana Brunetti and Randi Zuckerberg. Brunetti is producer of The Social Network, House of Cards and the upcoming 50 Shades of Grey film. While, Randi Zuckerberg is a former executive at Facebook and current founder of Zuckerberg Media and New [...]

SXSW Interactive 2014: Box’s Aaron Levie Talks with Fortune’s Jessi Hempel

SXSW Interactive (Photo Credit: Leslie Silver)

I learned quite a bit about a technology company that I knew little about during South by Southwest’s (SXSW) Box’s Aaron Levie talks with Fortune’s Jessi Hempel. Levie launched the company from his college dorm room in 2005 and knew it would be going places when Mark Cuban invested that summer. He said that [...]

SXSW Interactive 2014: Beyond Likes: What I Love And Hate And Why You Care

Culturalist SXSW (Photo Credit: Culturalist.com)

South by Southwest’s (SXSW) Beyond Likes: What I Love & Hate & Why You Care was lead by Anne Deavere Smith, a playwright, actress & professor, and Jordan Roth, the Founder & CEO of Culturalist. Roth created Culturalist to discuss what we make of culture and give everyone their own power list.

He created [...]

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