South by Southwest: The Countdown Begins


Thirty years later, what was once a local music festival has transformed into an utter phenomenon as one of the largest, most influential technology events in the world. SXSW is iconic in today’s tech scene, spanning music, film and technology - it is one of the few conferences bringing together hundreds of powerful speakers and thought leaders across all walks of life.

Kicking off in one week is the SXSW Interactive Festival, a portion of the conference that features emerging technologies and innovative startups. This year, we’re excited to have secured speaking engagements for Tim Chang, Partner, Mayfield Fund, and Aarthi Ramamurthy, Founder & CEO, Lumoid.

The two will be joined by Steve El-Hage, Founder & CEO, Massdrop for a panel discussion on how eCommerce can still be successful despite the threat of Amazon, as well as how the “access over ownership” mentality has impacted retail. Check it out:

Future of Retail: The On-Demand, Peer Economy

Monday, March 13, 2017 at 9:30 – 10:30 AM

Retail, meet collaborative consumption. Pioneers of the sharing economy, like Zipcar and Airbnb, understand today’s consumers: we want access over ownership, and we want it now. More and more brands are tapping into this technology-impelled model for retail, offering services like peer-to-peer closet-sharing and the option to try-before-you-buy products. It’s a nod to the immense purchasing power of millennials–– and their unique perspectives on consumption. It’s also a sweeping transformation of the retail experience.


  • Tim Chang, Partner at Mayfield Fund

  • Aarthi Ramamurthy, Founder & CEO at Lumoid

  • Steve El-Hage, Founder & CEO at Massdrop

Interested in any of the other speaker sessions? Check out the full agenda here.