DEMO Asia 2012 is right around the corner
Yesterday, I had the privilege and honor of coaching the DEMO Asia 2012 class of demonstrators and alpha pitchers. Skype worked perfectly as did Prezi all the way to Singapore from San Francisco. It's amazing what the speed of light can do for communications. It was one of the most fun talks I have ever had the opportunity to deliver because the people in the room seemed so intent on learning as much as humanly possible in our meeting.
You see, the folks in the room are the DEMO Asia 2012 class of companies hand picked to announce their company, product, or service to the world in Singapore during the conference on February 29 - March 2. There will be over 100 Asia Pacific start-ups at this conference, which is actually a bit more than what we have even seen here in the U.S. in recent years. I'm even more excited because they have invited me to be at the conference to work with the companies as I have done in the U.S. for many years.
There will be a few nuances to this conference. For example, my understanding is that you can't really give someone an award with the word God in it. So, at the DEMO Awards Ceremony, the top companies at the conference will get a DEMOguru Award. That should generate just as much media exposure and attention as does the DEMOgod Award. In addition to that, one company will be selected as the winner of the People's Choice Award by the paying audience. And, one Alpha pitcher (90 seconds with a microphone) will get the Rising Star Award. Alpha pitches are for companies that may still have their idea on the back of a paper napkin and want to attract the attention of early stage investors.
I am very much looking forward to attending the conference in a few weeks and spending time with some famous people. Chris Shipley will be there as will Matt Marshall and Neal Silverman along with the entire group running the conference from Singapore. It should be a blast!