South by Southwest - SXSW 2024 - unfolded as a dynamic gathering of creatives, innovators, educators, and more in Austin, Texas this year. The festival showcased technology, music, and film, featuring insightful panels and valuable networking at its core. As a hub for innovators, visionaries and entrepreneurs, SXSW 2024 fostered conversations, teachings, and connections that propel us forward and ignite energy for the next frontier. 

Our FOLIO team was excited to attend, and speak at, a number of events during the week. From events focusing on equity and capital deployment to underserved communities and founders, to speaking on panels about community and collaboration, the week was packed full of takeaways that we are excited to fold into our next adventures at FOLIO. 

We were inspired by all of the talks on International Women's Day that centered around the deployment of capital to underserved communities, women supporting women, and so much more. Our team was excited to attend a panel hosted by Beyond the Billion, a mobilizer of funds fueling women-led innovation. They have deployed over$650M of capital to female founders in the last two years alone. 

We are passionate about community at Team FOLIO. Beth and Emily, two of FOLIO's executives, were honored to speak on a number of panels throughout the week, host podcasts, and listen in on amazing talks from fellow community builders and leaders in Austin. Emily finished out her SXSW 2024 experience by speaking on a panel hosted by YJ Lin with the Dell Women's Entrepreneurship Network, Blair Dodson with citizenM hotel, and Intel, that brought together powerful female community builders in Austin and beyond. The group consisted of Emily Gupton representing Austin Women in Technology, Lesley Robinson with the newly launched ayana foundation, Grace Lanni of DivInc, Wendy Howell of the Executive Council Network, and Jillian Friot of EDEXPERIENCE Lab Incubator. Each woman shared how they have collaborated to build sustainable startup ecosystems to support founders, female founders, and the broader technology ecosystem. They shared the ups, the downs, the lessons learned, and major wins each group has experienced over the years. 

We are grateful for the collaboration and community SXSW 2024 brought to Austin and are thrilled to see what lies ahead for FOLIO, the commercial real estate and design industry, and so much more in 2024 and beyond. We hope to see you next year at SXSW 2025. If you find yourself in Austin, drop us a line. We'd love to meet you. 

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