Every year, the night before the SXSW masses descend upon Austin, the good people of the ingenious startups in the Live Music Capital of the World gather to celebrate, network and ultimately get mentally prepared for the two-week conference ahead. This bi-annual event (there is also another gathering in the fall) is known as The Startup Crawl, and we are proud to be long-time veterans.
Last year alone, more than 24,000 people registered for the pre-SXSW crawl, taking shuttles to different startup offices throughout downtown Austin and then back to the Omni Hotel, where drinks are plentiful, the atmosphere casual and the people all of the entrepreneurial spirit.
This year, Uber will be taking attendees from office to office — culminating in a gathering at the Omni Hotel, where some of Austin’s most successful startups will have booths, booze and big smiles to go around.
We’re not giving much away about what we’re doing this year, but this isn’t our first go-around. Check out some of the fun from 2013!