Report from SXSW 2011: whole lotta love from our customers and the winners of our iPad 2 giveaway

sxsw2011After a quick refueling this morning at Philz Coffee, I’m back at work, fresh from a fantastic week at SXSW Interactive. There was so much to do and see at the show and in Austin that it’s hard to remember it all. In fact, now that I think about it, after the Rackspace and Openstack party, none of us really remember very much. Except of course, the folks that came by our booth…

It’s always great to meet customers face to face, hear their war stories, and find out how New Relic helped them out of a bind. We heard about some incredible situations (and Tyler, if you’re reading this, your secret is safe with us!). One theme that seemed to emerge from our customers was that they wished they started using New Relic sooner! It’s a great takeaway, especially for the many startups that we encountered there: Don’t wait until your up against a wall! Make sure you have the tools in place to start seeing bottlenecks and scaling pain points before you need to support that millionth user.

We also met up with lots of developers who had never imagined that real-time performance analytics were possible. We’re always thrilled to introduce New Relic to new customers and we’re glad that many of you signed up right on the spot. And that leads us into the contest…

Yes, the traffic in the booth may have perhaps been bolstered by the our tiny little iPad 2 giveaway. We promised that we’d have one drawing for those who signed up with our special promo code and another drawing among those who deployed the agent. Well, we’re pleased to announce our lucky winners.

And the winners are…

Drawing #1: Ben Lucchesi of Granicus, a streaming media solution for government and municipalities
Drawing #2: Frank Mueller of Ubilabs, a location-based media provider

Congratulations Ben and Frank! We will be in touch with you directly to make arrangements for delivery of your prizes!

And thanks to the partners, customers, and developers that came by to see us. We appreciate it!

–Brian Doll'

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