Search the hashtag #siliconvalleyproblems on Twitter and you'll know why SXSW and the world needs this panel:
Owen Thomas is the editor-in-chief of Say Media's own ReadWrite, one of the most widely respected and read technology sites on the Web. But before he got there, Owen spent 17 years working in the trenches of technology journalism, from the scathing, groundbreaking Suck.com to the trendsetting Red Herring to the fearsome Valleywag.
Owen's panel was just picked for SXSW 2014 on Sunday, March 9. Owen will share what he's learned from taking on the Valley's reality distortion field and telling the unvarnished truth about entrepreneurs, investors, and other bubble blowers. He'll also talk about what he's learned about using the Web as a tool for journalism, crafting narratives and telling stories in ways that are uniquely suited to the online world, as well as managing some of the Web's best and most unruly editorial teams.
Owen will reveal how the original Suck.com gave birth to the modern blogosphere, what really motivates online journalists (it's not pageviews), what Silicon Valley's biggest problems are – and how we fix them. As one panel voter aptly put it: "This panel should be mandatory curriculum for 1st year SxSW attendees." And we'd add, it should be mandatory for anyone in the business of media too.
Want a preview? Here's Owen talking to Brian Solis about why Silicon Valley isn't a place – it's a movement. This is going to be great.