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On the Road Again (Or Is It “Still”?)

I firmly believe you don’t find really great innovation by sitting at your desk and waiting for it to come to you. You’re not going to find it consistently by doing the Silicon Valley party circuit, either. You have to get out into the world and meet entrepeneurs where they live. And that’s just what we’re doing over the next several weeks as DEMO goes on the road.

We will be holding private meetings to evaluate potential demonstrators for our upcoming DEMOfall 08 conference. Meetings will be held in the following six cities:

  • Seattle on Thursday, May 1st
  • Boston on Tuesday, May 6th
  • Providence on Wednesday, May 7th
  • New York City on Thursday, May 8th
  • Denver on Monday, May 12th
  • Austin on Tuesday, May 13th

To request a meeting, please complete the Demonstrator application. Once we’ve had a chance to evaluate your application, we’ll be in touch with meeting locations and times.

During a few stops, we’ll be hosting drinks and conversation with DEMO veterans and newcomers alike. We invite you to attend and encourage you to bring along your closest colleagues and friends to experience the networking power and intelligent conversation surrounding the DEMO community. Space is very limited, so please click on the city link below for details and to RSVP:

By the way, early bird registration is now open for DEMOfall 08 coming to San Diego on September 7-9, 2008. Registering now will save you $600.


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Imitation Is Flattery? Or Just Bad for Entrepreneurs?

There are a dozen other, perhaps more important and insightful, posts I’d rather be writing today. But, alas, my friends at TechCrunch put a wall in my path today and I just can’t ignore it, despite counsel from perhaps wiser advisers to do just that.

You see, TechCrunch and Jason Calacanis announced their plans for what is now being called TechCrunch50. Reading the TC50 site was a deja vu experience. The concept, the “rules,” the agenda . . . all out of the DEMO playbook.

You might remember that TechCrunch announced its first startup launch event, what was then called TC20, while sitting in the second row at DEMO 07. At the time I believed, as I still do now, that entrepreneurs need a variety of venues and opportunities to address the market. If TC20, which becameTC40 presumably when the blog’s desire to attract more entrepreneurs outstripped its promise of super-exclusivity, can provide a platform and give wings to entrepreneurs, then good on ’em. That can only benefit the tech ecosystem.

But, as I told VentureBeat’s Chris Morrison this afternoon, I’m baffled by TechCrunch’s decision to put its event literally on top of DEMOfall 08. Read the rest of this entry »

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