Last week we shared a video and guest post from Cecilie Sindum, co-founder of Denmark’s Orthodox Design. She writes about how her small, family-run homeware design startup is using Cisco Spark to grow its business. Stories like these play a large part in how we design our products. And we get them from going to places where creative thinking has no limits.

To that end, this weekend we’re heading to Austin for SXSW Interactive: the mecca for design-thinking people. If you’re there too, we’d like you join us at Cisco Spark Haus at Parkside on Sixth Street from March 11 to 13. There you’ll find a heavy focus on how we bring approachable, thoughtful, and intentional design to everything we do.

We’ve designed Cisco Spark Haus in a way that literally brings our products to life. And not just everyday life, but life as it is in Austin during one of the world’s most eclectic tech shows. It’s a showcase that we’re excited to bring to customers, startups, end users, and special guests.This Week in Startups graphic

We’ll be collecting input from people at our event — as well as online — to shape some of the next applications we’re building into our products.

One particular guest that I am most excited about is our good friend Jason Calacanis. Serial entrepreneur turned angel investor, he was founder at Engadget and most recently Inside.com and LAUNCH. Jason also leads the popular video podcast, This Week in Startups.

I’ll be joining Jason at Spark Haus to film a live episode on Monday, March 13. In it, founders attending SXSW will have the chance to pitch Jason for five minutes and receive feedback on their business plan design. What an opportunity!

Stay tuned to our social accounts to learn more about how to participate in Cisco Spark Haus if you’re in town, or how to tune in live if you’re not.
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Angie Mistretta

Chief Marketing Officer, AppDynamics