DemoFall 09: From early stage to center stage
The DemoFall 09 conference kicks off in San Diego with a slew of start-ups hoping to become household names, much like past participants such as TiVo and Palm.
Rafe Needleman picks the most promising pitches to pay attention to at the Demo start-up conference.
After this week's DemoFall, longtime organizer Chris Shipley is handing over the reins. Here's a look at some of the best and worst companies that have presented there over the past 13 years.
Now that the start-up conference is over, we can review the best products, companies, and concepts presented--regardless of what the Demo gods liked.
This is the third year in a row in which the two tech conferences have gone nearly head-to-head, helping to launch more than 100 new companies each September. We tell you which of the latest bumper crop you're able to get your hands on.
After 13 years, managing director Chris Shipley has officially handed the baton to VentureBeat founder Matt Marshall. Together, they gave out the Demo God awards, and did a little dancing.
Today's "smart" surveillance systems are really rather dumb, according to experts in recognition technology.
New service from Scientific Media aims to make it very easy for companies to run text message marketing campaigns.
Rafe Needleman loves the Demo conference but says it needs to adapt to the times. He offers some suggestions on how to do that.
At DemoFall, a presentation on how to put together professional-looking video slideshows makes it seem like something that should have been around all along.
Community "advisers" can earn as much as $50,000 by doing research to invalidate patents on behalf of a DemoFall presenter called Article One Partners.
A new service presented at DemoFall gives people a way to do most content manipulation inside their browsers with only their mouse.
The early-stage startup has already signed up a couple of interesting clients, and now hopes to find a critical mass of available data to sell.
Amid movement to buy local, DemoFall start-up Hevva unveils service geared toward putting buyers and sellers together and cutting spoilage.
Entrepreneurs, press, and VCs cram into the Sheraton in San Diego to do business at the semiannual start-up event.
Paid in cash? Point of Wealth lets you put it where you should, when you earn it.
Multiprotocol instant-messaging client Digsby announces new features at DemoFall focusing on a completely revamped Twitter interface.
Moving beyond radio and CDs, new tools shown off at DemoFall offer custom streaming content via cellular or Internet.
New Digsby aims to flip some of the standard way of presenting Twitter feeds on its head, making it easier to read threads and respond to tweet pop-ups.
"Lifecache" service archives everything you do on your mobile so you can review and analyze your activities later.
Service makes it easy to share photos, video, and more while traveling, or store them on a device until there's connectivity.
Fuze Meeting, which works on the iPhone and BlackBerry, allows users to share rich media without being behind a firewall, unlike HP's Skyroom.
If Google only takes you to the mall, Micello--a mapping platform for the indoor world--can take you inside.