SXSW 2013 Video Recap: Watch Matthew Inman's 2013 Keynote

Written by Monica Sack | Thursday, Oct 3, 2013

Matthew Inman explained his career trajectory at SXSW 2013

We all want to be able to make a living by doing what we love. And we also want to feel like we're contributing something positive to the world. The Oatmeal creator Matthew Inman figured out just how to do that. In his keynote, Inman walks us through his humble beginnings designing websites for others and caving to their quirky demands, to realizing that he could create his own websites and explore his own quirky side…AND make a living doing it!

Here’s the thing about Mr. Inman. He’s an inspiration. He inspires me to want to create something to share with the world. But not just anything, it’s got to be something worth saying, worth sharing. In 2012, he put his efforts towards saving an old laboratory once occupied by engineer Nikola Tesla. After a successful Indiegogo campaign, Matthew Inman rallied passionate supporters of Tesla and raised $1.2 million toward the purchase of that laboratory. Currently, it’s being cleaned up and converted to the Tesla Museum. This just gets to the heart of Inman’s philososphy on campaigns: Use them to right a wrong, or to deliver a sentiment. I think he nailed both parts of that in this example.

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