DEMO was an intense couple days, starting with the pre-show dinner and winding up with the banquet and presentation of demo gods. Rob Hayes and I ended up sharing a cab and our plane ride with Kathryn Shantz of Krause Taylor Associates and GigaOm's Liz Gannes (at left, waiting at the airport).
While we waited for our flight, Liz began writing her wrapup. She had already seen much of the coverage, and was determined to add something new to the conversation rather than rehash a lot of what was already said. Liz's resulting article - written while Kathryn and I debated free vs. paid wi-fi and Rob read the Wall Street Journal - does just that, capturing a lot of what I felt at DEMO (particularly the loud, repetitive music...and some of the less-than-groudbreaking companies). In listening to one VC's concerns about the show, his point of was view that, essentially, the vast majority of companies fell into one of two categories: already funded, or unfundable. The handful of companies in between - fundable, real companies whose funding actively looking for money - got a great deal of attention.
An excerpt of Liz's excellent coverage:
As always, Liz is worth paying attention to. I found a half dozen great things I didn't know about before, and had my positive opinions reinforced on a few products I had already seen.
But as an entrepreneur who was not, this year, on the DEMO stage, I found the conference exceeded my expectations in terms of the opportunity to spend time talking to key investors, journalists and potential partners (mostly, the demonstrating companies). I was surprised at how few other non-demonstrating entrepreneurs showed up; the format is actually very cconducive to meeting a lot of great people.
Pictures of Kathryn, Liz and Rob shot with my Treo 650.