Wednesday, August 26, 2009


by Maura Thomas

Members of local entrepreneur organization Bootstrap Austin have made a strong showing in panel submissions for next spring's South by Southwest Interactive Conference.

Support these local entrepreneurs by clicking on the links to vote for their panels. Public support is 30% of the weight given when panels are chosen, and this year's competition is fierce, with over 3,000 panels submitted, and only room for 300 sessions. Panel voting ends September 4th.

Following are the panels that have been submitted by Bootstrap Austin members, alphabetically by Bootstrapper/presenter last name.

Karen Bantuveris, VolunteerSpot: Doing Good Online: Mobilizing Community Action -

Greg Bright : Get Top Ranking on Google and Other Search Engines -

Michael Drapkin, Anime Winds: Symphonic Rockstars: Mainstreaming Traditional Virtuosity -

Michael Drapkin, PrismNet, Ltd.: Thinking Like An Owner - Starting Your Interactive Enterprise -

Lou Ellman, RoyaltyZone: The Tangled Web of Artist Royalties -

Aruni Gunasegaram, entrepreMusings: Online/Offline Networking in the Social Media Age -

Danny Gutknecht, The Heuristic Soul - How Can Authentic Communication be Social and A Pragmatic Approach to Wild Creativity:

Brian Massey, Conversion Sciences: What Is Your Social Conversion Rate? -

Brian Massey, Conversion Sciences: Bigger Online Projects Through Personas -

Matthew McCabe, Austin Social Innovation Hub: Social Apps To Save The World -

Maura Nevel Thomas, Win the War Against Information Overload -

Pat Scherer, The Detail Person: Slacker Website Triage: Addressing Purpose, Usability and Conversion (with Brian Massey & Theresa Neil) -

Jan Triplett, Business Success Center: Successful Networking for Introverts, Rebels and Misfits (with Julie Gomoli) -

Maura Thomas is an early member of Bootstrap Austin and founder of two Austin bootstrapped companies: and Avail Assistants. In Maura's 15 years in the productivity training industry, she developed a process for peak effectiveness called the Empowered Productivity System. She has been invited to speak and train all over Texas and nationally. Maura is very active in the local small business community, and sits on several non-profit boards and committees, including being selected by The Climate Project and personally trained by former Vice President Al Gore to deliver his message on climate change.

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