SXSW V2V: Tony Hsieh to Deliver Opening Keynote

Written by Sarah Garcia | January 23, 2013
<span class="caption right"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/news/image/TonyHsieh2_Vertical.jpg" width="147" height="220" alt="Tony Hsieh courtesy Zappos, Inc. " title="Tony Hsieh courtesy Zappos, Inc. " class="image-medium" />Tony Hsieh courtesy Zappos, Inc.</span>One of America's most innovative big-picture thinkers, Tony Hsieh, will deliver the <a href="http://sxswv2v.com/">SXSW V2V</a> Opening Keynote. The CEO of <a href="http://www.zappos.com/">Zappos.com, Inc.</a>, Urban Innovator, and New York Times Bestselling author of <em><a href="http://www.deliveringhappiness.com/about-us/about-2/">Delivering Happiness</a></em> will take the stage on Monday, August 12, 2013, to welcome SXSW V2V audiences to the city that he calls home. In 1999, at the age of 24, Tony Hsieh sold LinkExchange, the company he co-founded, to Microsoft. He then joined Zappos as an advisor and investor, and eventually became CEO, where he helped Zappos grow from almost no sales to over $1 billion in gross merchandise sales annually, while simultaneously making Fortune Magazine’s annual <a href="http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/best-companies/2012/snapshots/11.html">“Best Companies to Work For”</a> list. In November 2009, Zappos was acquired by Amazon.com. In March of that same year, Hsieh delivered one of SXSW Interactive's <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/1213812/zappos-tony-hsieh-twitter-phone-calls-and-pursuit-happiness">most popular</a> opening keynote addresses. Hsieh’s first book, <em>Delivering Happiness</em>, was published on June 7, 2010, and outlines his path from starting a worm farm to life at Zappos. Hsieh shows how a very different kind of corporate culture is a powerful model for achieving success and happiness. <em>Delivering Happiness</em> debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list and has remained on the list every week since June 2010. In addition to his responsibilities as CEO of Zappos.com, Hsieh is leading the "<a href="http://downtownproject.com/">Downtown Project</a>,” a group committed to transforming downtown Las Vegas into the most community-focused large city in the world. This transformation includes the relocation of the Zappos.com offices from Henderson, Nevada to what was the old City Hall in downtown Las Vegas. The Downtown Project has already gained significant buzz, generating <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/21/magazine/what-happens-in-brooklyn-moves-to-vegas.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0">feature stories</a> in the <em>New York Times Magazine</em> among other <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/scottallison/2012/10/02/startups-in-the-desert-investigating-the-las-vegas-downtown-project/">prominent</a> <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/tony-hsieh-downtown-project-2012-12">publications</a>. <a href="http://sxswv2v.com">Click here</a> to learn more about SXSW V2V or <a href="http://sxswv2v.com/attend">register to attend</a>.