DEMO Announces New Executive Producer, Forges Long-Term Partnership with VentureBeat

February 19, 2009

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., Feb. 19 /PRNewswire/ — IDG’s DEMO conference, the
world-renowned launch platform for some of the most notable emerging
technologies introduced over the past two decades, announced today that Chris
, DEMO Executive Producer for the past 13 years, will step down
following the DEMOfall event this September. IDG has forged a strong strategic
alliance with her hand-picked successor, Matt Marshall, founder and CEO of
VentureBeat, who will share the stage with Shipley in 2009 and transition into
the Executive Producer role completely in 2010.

Marshall will assume the role of Co-Executive Producer for the DEMO 09 and
DEMOfall 09 events working alongside Shipley, who is Founder and Chairman of
Guidewire Group, the world’s leading analyst firm focused on early-stage
companies and emerging markets. For 2010 events and beyond, Marshall will
become the sole Executive Producer on the DEMO stage and VentureBeat will take
over the task of sourcing, vetting and selecting the companies who will
present at each DEMO as well as provide a wide range of new content elements
and product offerings to grow and evolve the brand.

Marshall will be just the fourth Executive Producer of DEMO in its near-20
year history. The DEMO conference was founded by Stewart Alsop in 1991, while

David Coursey produced the event in 1995 and 1996. Shipley joined DEMO after
the 1996 event, and over the years built DEMO into the most acclaimed and
successful launchpad for new products and companies in the industry. The list
of revolutionary technologies launched at DEMO is pages long but notables
include Broadcast.com, E*Trade, Glam Media Java, the Palm Pilot,
salesforce.com, Six Apart, TiVO, VMware and WebEx, among many others.

“DEMO and Guidewire Group have worked closely together over the past year
to identify a suitable successor for Chris — someone who could continue a
long tradition of excellence and become a suitable steward for the DEMO
brand,” said Michael Friedenberg, CEO & President, CXO Media & Network World
Inc., the IDG business unit overseeing the DEMO brand. “We knew we had
something when Matt Marshall lit up the DEMO stage this past fall while
hosting a highly compelling VC panel. His stage presence combined with
VentureBeat’s deep rooted understanding of the emerging technology marketplace
matched perfectly with our goal to ensure DEMO delivers exciting new products
and thought provoking content for years to come.”

Together, IDG and VentureBeat will evolve the DEMO brand by continually
bringing fresh, new ideas to a conference that strives to be the innovative
hub of technology. “VentureBeat is excited to partner with an organization
that aligns with our strategy to continually identify the people, products and
trends in emerging technology that are exhibiting truly ground-breaking
potential,” said Marshall. “We believe our relationship with DEMO will
provide a platform for continued entrepreneurial exposure and growth
throughout the tech industry.”

As with DEMO’s partnership with Guidewire, the combined strength of DEMO
and VentureBeat ensures a continued commitment to support emerging
technologies and new product launch. “I couldn’t be happier with DEMO’s
decision to partner with VentureBeat and I know I am leaving the brand in good
hands,” said Shipley. “DEMO has been a major part of my career and my life
for many years, but the opportunity to work more directly with entrepreneurs
through Guidewire Group is too strong a pull. Still, it would have been
extremely difficult to leave DEMO without having a strong successor to whom I
could pass the torch. Matt is the perfect choice. I am confident that he
and the VentureBeat team will maintain the integrity and high standards that
have carried the brand for all these years., They will also bring different
perspectives, ideas and insights that will help take DEMO to new heights.”

VentureBeat will kick start its efforts in less than two weeks at the DEMO
09 conference taking place in Palm Desert, California on March 1-3. There,
Marshall will introduce a new program concept entitled ‘DEMObeat’ on the DEMO
stage. DEMObeat will drill down into the technology trends on the cutting
edge and will showcase the innovators and innovations that are paving the way.

Each session will bring together the sharpest minds and the coolest
technologies that are literally setting the trends of tomorrow. DEMObeat
sessions at DEMO 09 will focus on the latest social data sharing techniques;
tomorrow’s tools for building a sustainable economy; and innovations in social
media for improved productivity.

For more information on DEMO 09, go to http://www.demo.com

About DEMO

Produced by Network World Events and Executive Forums, the semi-annual
DEMO conferences focus on emerging technologies and new products, which are
hand-selected from across the spectrum of the technology marketplace. The DEMO
conferences have earned their reputation for consistently identifying
tomorrow’s cutting-edge technologies, and have served as launch pad events for
companies such as Palm, E*Trade, Handspring, and U.S. Robotics, helping them
to secure venture funding, establish critical business relationships, and
influence early adopters.

For more information on the DEMO conferences, visit http://www.demo.com.

About VentureBeat

VentureBeat was founded in September 2006 by Matt Marshall. The Web
site’s mission is to provide news and information about private companies and
the venture capital that fuels them.

VentureBeat has focused initially on Silicon Valley, and has expanded to
cover innovation hubs around the globe. Its mission in each region will be the
same: to provide insider news and data about the entrepreneurial and venture
community that is useful to decision makers.

For more information, please visit http://www.venturebeat.com.

About Guidewire Group

Founded by Chris Shipley and Mike Sigal, Guidewire Group is the world’s
leading analyst firm focused exclusively on startups and emerging markets. The
firm works with companies to validate opportunities at key transition points,
when every idea looks good on paper and every decision counts. Guidewire Group
profiles hundreds of innovative companies every year – from early-stage
startups to established technology leaders – to understand emerging market
trends, best practices and common mistakes. From market studies, positioning
projects and competitive analyses, to funding and business strategy planning,
Guidewire Group brings clarity, focus and experience to the art of
transforming ideas into successful enterprises. For more information, visit

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 also publishes more than 300 magazines and
newspapers. Media brands are in more than 90 countries and include CIO, CSO,
Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld/TechWorld/TecChannel, Macworld, Network
World, and PC World. The company’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, OpenSource World, E3, DEMO, Storage
Networking World, and IDC Directions. IDC, a subsidiary of IDG, is the premier
global provider of IT market intelligence, advisory services, and events. Over
1,000 IDC analysts in more than 100 countries provide global, regional, and
local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends.

Additional information about IDG, a privately held company, is available
at http://www.idg.com.


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