SXSW 2018 – Everyone from Elon Musk to Ashton Kutcher Are in Town This Week

Posted by Kent Redding on Monday, March 12th, 2018 at 3:20pm

By the Kent Redding Group

AUSTIN, TX. – SXSW 2018 is officially here (3-9 through 3-13) and seemingly everyone from the music, film, entertainment, and technology industries are in Austin Texas to network, connect and learn more about the latest developments in their fields.

So far one of the most innovating talks that we’ve had at SXSW 2018 was Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk talking about space, Mars and his goal to start offering short trips in space by 2019.

Musk held a surprise question and answer session at the annual technology and culture festival in Austin, Texas on Sunday. The billionaire told attendees that "we are building the first Mars or interplanetary ship, and I think we'll be able to do short trips, flights by the first half of next year."

“The Party” That Everyone Wanted to Get into On Saturday Night

If you were at SXSW 2018 on Saturday night you knew that there was only one party that everyone was talking about. It was thrown by actor-investor Ashton Kutcher, and his company Sound Ventures, at Austin's Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt.

The party was an invitation-only event that guests had to have a special wristband to get in but if you were able to be there, you had a chance to mingle with actors, musicians, and billionaires from around the world.

Kutcher has been a fixture at SXSW for years. This year, the actor and Guy Oseary, his fellow partner at Sound Ventures, hosted a startup competition called Perfect Pitch for early-stage entrepreneurs.

After over 200 companies applied, the list was whittled down to five companies.

Hundreds of people attending SXSW filed into a restaurant in downtown Austin to watch the CEOs do a quick two-minute presentation to a panel of judges, after which they peppered them with questions for six minutes. In addition to Kutcher and Oseary, salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and actor Matthew McConaughey also judged the competition.

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