DEMO Alumni Continue to Innovate and Win Business Development and Customer Deals; A Round Up of May’s DEMO Demonstrator News

SOUTHBOROUGH, MA – June 16, 2008 – Over the past 17 years more than 2000 companies have launched at DEMO conferences, which are known as a prestigious launch pad to introduce new and cutting-edge technology. In May many of the DEMO alumni around the world continued to innovate with expanded product offerings, partnerships and critical business milestones. This Tuesday, past demonstrators will gather together to discuss their successes at the DEMO alumni party on June 17th at the Rockit Room in San Francisco. For more information about the DEMO alumni party visit

"One of the things we are really proud of is the fostering of community among the DEMO Alumni as they continue on the road to business success," said Chris Shipley, product analyst and executive producer of the DEMO conferences. "By continually connecting, tracking and working together, DEMO has created a conference that supports entrepreneurs through several stages of their business growth. It's more than a conference. It's a long term relationship."

In May, many companies announced new milestones including:

— Aternity (DEMO 08) (

which gives IT management a view of employees' computers to improve

services, has won three Israeli insurance company deals sealing about

70% of that market in Israel. Menora Mivtachim Group, Israel's leading

pension insurance company with about 500,000 customers has signed a

deal with Aternity.

— Skyfire (DEMO 08) (

the makers of the free Web Browser Skyfire for mobile smart telephones

has received $13 million in Series B funding lead by Lightspeed Venture

Partners, and including early investors Matrix Partners and Trinity

Ventures. The additional money will finance moving the beta browser to

Nokia's Symbian operating system this summer and new partner


— Sprout (DEMO 08) (

software for creating and publishing multimedia information as Web

widgets, received $5 million in Series B financing led by Polaris

Venture Partners.

— Toktumi (DEMO 08) (

a new small business telephone service, announced its first

distribution deal with giant office supplies retailer Staples.

Toktumi's computer-based service is an enterprise-grade, hosted office

telephone system for small businesses that can be set up in five

minutes and supports the use of any regular corded, cordless or speaker

phone via Toktumi's Phone Adapter.

— Zodigo (DEMO 08) (

which spun out from Emmy-award winner Zodiac Interactive as an

independent company in late April, is now deployed in trials in 1.5

million homes as a proof-of-concept of the mash-up between interactive

television and mobile telephone marketing.

— ClipBlast (DEMOfall 07)

(, a web video

search and distribution platform announced a deal with video syndicator

ClipSyndicate (http) (DEMO 07) to index its 80 news sources and

200,000 professionally produced video clips.

— Tungle (DEMOfall 07)

( released a

version for owners of BlackBerry(R) smartphones from Research In Motion

(RIM). Tungle provides a free business-class meeting coordination

service for software calendars.

— ZoomInfo (DEMO 07) (

has spun out its six-month old business demographics ad targeting

business as an independent company called Bizo, Inc., which expects to