As always, I'm a couple of days behind on e-mail, so I was delighted to see a note from the folks at SlideShare, telling me that "Mistakes I Made Building Netflix for the iPhone" (embedded below) was "being tweeted more than anything else on SlideShare right now." Thanks for your interest, everyone; here are some random notes about the presentation, the process that led to it, and how SxSW went this year.
I had a fine time at SxSW; most of what I had to report echoes what's already been said by people like Leonard Lin and in Things To Remember About SxSW, which I haven't updated in about three years. It was huge, packed, and fun for several unexpected reasons.
I was in fine company once again at 20x2. Some highlights: Ben Ward, Ryan Gantz, Neiliyo, and the incomparable Southpaw Jones. The Question of the Year was "Why Did You Do It," so I answered the one everyone had been asking me since October:
At the show I dedicated it to my friend Havi Hoffman, who was in the audience, and knows why. :)
At the time I proposed this panel, Netflix for the iPhone had not yet released. By the time it went live, I'd already left the company. So I was very, very nervous walking in. Fortunately I had a great crowd, nice folks in the Green Room, and--after I loosened up a bit--it seemed to go well.
I've never put a SxSW presentation online; they tend to get rewritten the night before, and this one was no exception. Enough people asked for it, however, so I put the slides up on Slideshare.
The demo you should look at during the slide that says "awesome demo here" is at iflx.us, and the code (which, I must reiterate, was literally written the night before the presentation) may be forked at https://github.com/kentbrew/iflx.
Here's the audio, which I hope I'm doing right:
If this is broken, you should be able to get the MP3 straight from the podcast page. Please let me know if it's blown, so I can try to figure out a permanent solution.
Around 5:25--which is really hard to find using the SxSW interface, sorry about that--you'll hear me talking about the Blue Screen of Death we're showing people at Vurve; it is explained in detail on the Vurve blog, and I would love to see more of them out there.
Oh, hell yes. Going to try for Film; probably not going to try for Music, which looks like a complete zoo.