Networking is a fact of life in the business world. Some research, from Rutgers University business professor Nancy DiTomaso, revealed that 70 percent of the jobs that people get in their lifetime come with some type of additional help.
"[Such as] someone who could give them information that other people didn't have, could use influence on their behalf, such as 'this is my friend, look out for them,' or someone who could actually give them an opportunity or hire them for a job," DiTomaso says. "So if Hispanics or blacks or others have higher unemployment rates, it may not be that they aren't networking, it may be that they don't have networks that tie them into where there are job opportunities."
DiTomaso explores that issue in her book, "The American Non-Dilemma: Racial Inequality Without Racism."
"It's not going to change unless there's attention on the public policy level in terms of how organizations think about the decision-making that takes place within their entities," DiTomaso says. "Everyone I talked to claimed to believe in civil rights... they all think that equal opportunity is the solution."
"But everybody that I talked to spent their lives seeking unequal opportunity."
The South by Southwest festival bills itself as "A Paradise for Networking." That's why everyone from musicians to app developers to bloggers flock to Austin, Texas.
The networking takes place in the hotel lobbies and the bars across the city -- but it also goes on during the conference's famous panels that grapple with a lot of the most cutting edge questions. Marketplace Tech will be broadcasting from Texas all next week reporting on the technology industry's hype machine.
SXSW Interactive is in full swing in Austin, Texas. With five days packed full of panels, parties, and of course, tacos, it's impossible to get to every can't-miss event. Fear not: Marketplace Tech has you covered.
Throughout the festival, we're speaking to some of the biggest names in tech. Check back regularly for interviews with everyone from Biz Stone, the co-creator and co-founder of Twitter, to Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, host of the re-booted television show "Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey" (read the preview to our interview here).
We'll also be talking to some familiar tech faces like early Apple employee turned Silicon Valley superstar Guy Kawasaki, as well as people you might be surprised to find at SXSW Interactive. Neil Young, for example, will be in attendance to promote his new, high-quality music service called Pono.
This kind of cross pollination between the music, film, and interactive festivals is what gets SXSW co-founder Louis Black excited.
"We’ve really seen, in the last few years, that synergy taking place. The most number of registrants is at Interactive, but ultimately what they really want and need is content. So having Film the same time as Interactive, and having Music right after has led to these three events melding more and more into each other."
In fact, Black sees this interaction between the three components of SXSW as essential to surival.
"I’m a total film person, and the way the independent films are distributed has changed so dramatically in the last few years that the only way for film to thrive and grow into the next couple of decades...it’s got to be more and more and more technologically dependent."
Black says this kind of synergy between the arts and technology is inherent to the city of Austin. Rather than viewing SXSW as an importing of cultural activity, he thinks of SXSW as a ten day "multiplier" for the musicians, filmmakers, and tech startups that call Texas home.
So put on your cowboy boots, don your Google Glass, fill up your schedule with hard-to-believe panels, and head down south with Marketplace Tech.
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