June 16, 2008
DEMO Alumni Continue to Innovate and Win Business Development and Customer Deals
SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass., June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 http://demo.com/community/?q=node/95638
"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) (http://demo.com/demonstrators/demo2008/124643.html) 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) (http://demo.com/demonstrators/demo2008/124750.html) 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 relationships. -- Sprout (DEMO 08) (http://demo.com/demonstrators/demo2008/124754.html) 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) (http://demo.com/demonstrators/demo2008/124770.html) 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) (http://demo.com/demonstrators/demo2008/124787.html) 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) (http://demo.com/demonstrators/demo2007fall/112971.html), 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) (http://demo.com/demonstrators/demo2007fall/113070.html) 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) (http://demo.com/demonstrators/demo2007/91380.html) has spun out its six-month old business demographics ad targeting business as an independent company called Bizo, Inc., which expects to introduce a business-to-business ad network for Web publishers this summer. ZoomInfo is a business information search engine. -- Trend Micro (DEMOfall 06) (http://demo.com/demonstrators/demo2006fall/79977.html) a global Internet content security company, received eWEEK Channel Insider "Product of the Year" award in the Security Server Software category for Trend Micro NeatSuite. -- uControl (DEMOfall 06) (http://demo.com/demonstrators/demo2006fall/79980.html) introduced a seven-inch, touch screen computer-like device and monitoring software that cable television, broadband and telephone companies can offer as a new home security service to their customers. -- Roku (DEMOfall 05) (http://demo.com/demonstrators/demo2005fall/55061.html) introduced the first player that streams movies from the online, subscription service Netflix to televisions using open source software. Roku's Netflix Player, about the size of a paperback book, cost $99.99 and is available immediately.
Note to editors: This is one in a series of news alerts informing media of the ongoing successes of DEMO companies. News alerts will be issued every four to six weeks.
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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 http://www.demo.com/. 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, salesforce.com, 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.
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