Industry Leading Entrepreneurs, Investors and Journalists Debate the Tech Industry’s Future at DEMOfall 08

SOUTHBOROUGH, MA – AUGUST 29, 2008 — DEMOfall 08 looks to be the biggest fall DEMO ever, with 72 companies launching their products on stage. To spice things up DEMOfall 08 will host three roundtables of industry thought leaders as they debate critical issues for entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and big business. Demonstrating companies will be announced Friday, September 5th. To register to attend visit

"When we were deciding on program elements for DEMOfall 08 we really wanted to take it up a level and get the pundits really discussing topics that were truly relevant to the audience," said Chris Shipley, product analyst and executive producer of the DEMO conferences. "We also wanted to give everyone a chance to see their favorite journalists go head-to-head, and maybe have an argument or two, as they discuss their opinions and where the future of tech is going. Most importantly, we wanted them to be fun and I think we have achieved our goals!"

DEMOfall 08 will host three roundtables including:

Walt and Kara Head to Head: See All Things D editors Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher interview each other as they debate the future of technology and who's right and who's wrong.

The Changing Venture Model: Moderated by Matt Marshall, Editor & CEO of VentureBeat, see the venture capitalists Chris Greendale, General Partner, Kodiak Venture Partners; Krishna 'Kittu' Kolluri, General Partner, New Enterprise Associates and Eric Tilenius, Partner, Maveron discuss the current VC model and debate whether the time for change has come.

Where the Web is Going: Moderated by Nova Spivak, Founder & CEO of Radar Networks, hear author Howard Bloom; Ross Levinsohn; Partner at Velocity Interactive Group; Peter Norvig, Director of Research at Google; Prabhakar Raghavan, PhD, Head of Yahoo! Research and Yahoo! Search Strategy and Jon Udell, Evangelist, Microsoft give their predictions for the next Internet revolution.

DEMO Jam Session: Not a panel at all but a chance to shake a leg. The DEMO Jam Session featuring the Replithentics continues to groove as attendees are invited to bring their instruments, join the band, and dance off some pre and post launch jitters.

DEMOfall 08 Sponsors:

Angelsoft, LLC, Arx, Atlanta Venture Forum, Band of Angels, BoogarLists, Comerica Bank, Conference Guru, Connect Public Relations, Cooley Godward Kronish, LLP, Cornerstone Angels, Data Essence,, Ethos Networks Ltd., Eye-to-Eye Communications, Financing Partners, Funding Universe, funP, GigaOm, Golden Capital, GoldMail, Granite Financial Group, LLC, Guidewire Group,, IDC Israel, IDC, IDG Ventures SF, Institute for Information Industry, Institute for Information Industry, Israel Venture Association, jMap, Keiretsu Forum, Mashable, memode, Merrill Corporation, MicroArts, Microsoft Corporation, Missouri Venture, mPortico, Ltd.,, National Science Foundation, NEC Corporation of America, Nokia, Inc., NVCA, OCVG, OpSource, Plug and Play Tech Center, Inc., Porter Novelli, ppolis, PR Newswire, QUALCOMM, Inc., ReadWriteWeb, Rocky Mountain Venture Capital, Sentrigo, Inc., SFNewTech, Silicon Valley Bank, Start, Sun Microsystems, Inc., Tech Confidential, The Deal, Tufin Technologies, Ubergizmo, UBS, VCNetwork, Venture Capital Journal, VentureBeat, VentureDeal,, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

About the DEMO

DEMO, a unit of IDG, is the launchpad for emerging technologies both as conferences in the U.S., Europe, and China and as a news and information Web site Emerging technologies and new products introduced at DEMO conferences are hand-selected from the spectrum of the global technology marketplace. DEMO conferences have earned a reputation for consistently identifying technologies that will disrupt current markets and change how people use digital technologies. New technologies are introduced at DEMO conferences by start-ups and established companies such as Google, VMWare,, Palm, Yahoo!, Leapfrog, Apple, IronPort, HP and thousands of others. More than 2,065 breakthrough products — from consumer favorites like Skype, Slingbox, and TiVo to top development platforms such as Sun's Java, Qualcomm's Brew, and IBM's Pervasive — have debuted at DEMO during the past 18 years. DEMO conferences and news coverage are where digital entrepreneurs and investors change the game and stay ahead of the curve.

About Network World

Network World, Inc., the Leader in Network Knowledge, empowers network IT executives through education, information and community. Network World, an IDG company, is the leading provider of news, analysis, reviews, events and education on information technology. Network World publishes the leading newsweekly, Network World, hosts the most active online communities (,,, and, and produces educational seminars and events worldwide. Network World's portfolio of strategic marketing programs provides marketing and agency professionals with the tools to generate high-quality leads, optimize marketing campaigns, and create new revenue opportunities. Additionally, Network World is the event organizer of DEMO and DEMOfall, the leading events for new technology innovation.

About International Data Group (IDG)

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, events, and research company. IDG's online network includes more than 450 Web sites spanning business technology, consumer technology, digital entertainment and video games worldwide. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers in 85 countries including CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, and PC World. IDG's lead-generation service, IDG Connect, matches technology companies with an audience of engaged, high-quality IT professionals, influencers, and decision makers.

IDG is a leading producer of more than 750 technology-related events including Macworld Conference & Expo, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Entertainment for All Expo (E for All), DEMO, and IDC Directions. IDC, a subsidiary of IDG, is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events. Over 900 IDC analysts in more than 90 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends.

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