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FanFeedr's Benn Gurton Talks About Upcoming Weekend At SXSW
Published March 11, 2011
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While most of the sports world will be focused on conference tournament basketball and the NFL labor situation this weekend, a handful of sports business execs will mingle with the music and film industry in
Q: What are you up to this weekend?
Gurton: I'm heading down to Austin for SXSW Interactive. I'm representing FanFeedr, a personalized sports news and information service for consumers and publishers, at an event run by one of our partners. I will also be speaking on a panel hosted by Pepsi on brands and startups.
Q: Anything special planned while you’re in Austin?
Gurton: Besides meeting up with an old high school friend I haven't seen for a few years, I'm just hoping to have time to check out the city. I haven't been to Austin before.
Q: What bands or musicians are you going to see?
Gurton: BIG BOI at a concert that Foursquare has put together.
Q: What restaurants are you looking forward to visiting?
Gurton: As many BBQ and Mexican places as possible! I heard Franklin Barbeque is opening on Saturday and is close to downtown, so I'm aiming to check that out.
Q: What is a weekend must-read for you?
Gurton: I really don't have one. I make sure to read JOE FAVORITO's sports industry newsletter. But I generally catch up on stories/blogs I haven't had a chance to read during the week from Business Insider, GigaOm, Techcrunch, various sports sites and tech blogs, and my Twitter feeds.
Q: What’s your weekend exercise routine?
Gurton: Yoga. Running. Biking when it gets a little warmer.
Q: What’s an ideal Friday night for you?
Gurton: Going out to dinner with close friends.
Q: Guilty weekend pleasure?
Gurton: TV sitcoms.
Q: What do you do to pass time on a plane?
Gurton: Surf the Internet, watch downloaded movies, and read magazines/books. I'm really hoping my flight has Wi-Fi because I'm a little lacking in those last two areas today.