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SXSW co-founder dies just as annual festival opens in Austin

March 11, 2016 - Uncategorized



AUSTIN — The co-founder of the annual South by Southwest festival Louis Meyers died on Friday, just as the festival kicked off its 30th year in the Texas capital.

The news was first reported by publication Austin Statesman shortly before President Obama joined the event to discuss the role of technology and innovation across multiple industries — perhaps the the most influential guest speaker the conference has seen in its three-decade history.

Meyers was among the five-person team to form the SXSW festival in 1987 and focused on booking talent for the several-day music, film and interactive event. He sold his portion of the organization in 1994 citing “burnout” or stress around the conference that was affecting his health, according to a Billboard report. Read more…

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Source: Mashable

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