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SXSWi or bust

Everyone who knows me knows I’m trying to get myself over to Austin, TX for SXSW Interactive between March 13-17.  Long story short, I can’t afford the SXSW ticket AND the plane fare. So I did what any sensible yet broke young person in NYC would do.

I asked around.

Reem Abeidoh, in her ever-growing wisdom advised to ask for sponsors. She also reminded me to use my growing network. So I contacted Chris Brogan, who remembers me now because of a post I wrote about his face.

Chris brought up two great ideas: Tweet for sponsors. Ask if I could volunteer at the event. Brilliant!

Chris was kind enough to tweet about my SXSWi dream which resulted in some kind words, some retweets, and lots of new followers from the great state of Texas, but sadly, no sponsors.

Chris Brogan tweet

Reem Abeidoh tweet

When I emailed SXSW about volunteering, they kindly told me they were volunteered out. No room for one more volunteer. Sadness ensued followed by a visit from the idea muse.

I would ask for multiple sponsors!

I am reaching out to the communities I am a part of both online and off to donate small amounts of money for the SXSW Interactive ticket!

A ticket to SXSW Interactive is $500.

Please donate as much or as little as you can today via TipJoy. Every dollar gets me closer to Austin and follow me on Twitter to keep up to date with my quest for a SXSW Interactive ticket!

UPDATE: I have created a blog dedicated to this dream – SXSWi Or Bust. Find out more on how I can amplify your brand at SXSWi 2009. Tweet or link to http://bit.ly/sxswiorbust

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