I wrote about XOXO, which over the past three years has become my personal Burning Man.
On one hand, organizers Andy Baio and Andy McMillan more than earned their year off. Conceived as a part-time project, running XOXO eventually grew to consume most of their year. That culminated in the opening of the XOXO Outpost, a co-working and event space that remains open year-round. But as the Andys turn their attention to other things, it feels worthwhile to highlight what made XOXO so remarkable during its five-year run. Most of the festival’s best ideas are all right there for the taking — and anyone else who does creative work would do well to consider borrowing them.