Getting Your Demos Right

Feld Thoughts

I get demos every day. I don’t want to hear a description of what you do – I want to see a demo. The demo is iconic and amazing, but it takes too long and is too abstract for their corporate customers buying Oblong’s Mezzanine product. Multiple times a day.

How to Be a Demo God

How to Change the World

Several times a year a group of executives from startups do a six-minute demo of their products to an audience of venture capitalists, analysts, and journalists. This name of the event is, logically, DEMO. This post is for anyone who has to give a good demo, whether at DEMO or anywhere else. Demoing is an essential skill to launch a product, raise capital, make a sale, garner press, and recruit employees, so you must get good at it. This is, after all, a demo.

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Demo Day Fundraising and The Lean Startup

Grasshopper Herder

If our biggest risk is that our demo day fundraising pitch will fail, we can test that. The post Demo Day Fundraising and The Lean Startup appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com. Lean Startup takes our biggest business risk and reduces it. Accelerators & Incubators Lean Startup Fundraising

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Why Real Learning is Outside the Building, Not Demo Day

Steve Blank

While our teams have mentors, socialize a lot and give great demos, the goal of our class final presentations is “ Lessons Learned ” – about product/market fit, pricing, acquisition/activation costs, pricing, partners, etc.

Dear Internet: Let’s Demo The Slow Lane

Feld Thoughts

What if we did the same by Demoing the Slow Lane for a day. The post Dear Internet: Let’s Demo The Slow Lane appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Yesterday when we were having Comcast issues in downtown Boulder, I thought about how slow the Internet speed at my office was. For several hours, it was 0 Mbps down and 0 Mbps up (0/0) until I gave up and tethered my iPhone to my computer and used Verizon LTE for the rest of the afternoon.

Two Austin Startups Featured at First White House Demo Day

SiliconHills

President Barack Obama is hosting the nation’s first Demo Day at the White House to showcase innovative technology startups from all over the country. The company has created a product, HemaSpot, that […] The post Two Austin Startups Featured at First White House Demo Day appeared first on SiliconHills. Among them, Jeanette Hill, CEO and founder of Spot On Sciences, will show off its portable and easy to use blood test kits.

Chiron Health to Pitch at Google Demo Day

SiliconHills

Chiron Health will represent Austin at the annual Google Demo Day on Wednesday at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View. “It’s It fosters new connections and the right kind […] The post Chiron Health to Pitch at Google Demo Day appeared first on SiliconHills. It’s really great exposure for us,” said Charlie Kolb, co-founder and vice president of business development for Chiron Health. “It It gives us exposure to those West Coast VCs.

Demo Days and the General Solicitation Conundrum

The Startup Lawyer

If you’ve been to accelerator or incubator demo days, you’ve likely seen a presentation that either flat out mentions the specifics of a financing round in progress or the details of a proposed financing. In the last couple years, however, some incubators and accelerators have been concerned that their demo days constitute, for their portfolio companies, … Continue reading → Startup Issues

Two Austin Startups Featured at First Whitehouse Demo Day

SiliconHills

President Barack Obama is hosting the nation’s first Demo Day at the White House to showcase innovative technology startups from all over the country. The company has created a product, HemaSpot, that […] The post Two Austin Startups Featured at First Whitehouse Demo Day appeared first on SiliconHills. Among them, Jeanette Hill, CEO and founder of Spot On Sciences, will show off its portable and easy to use blood test kits.

Darwin on demo: Workday Rising

deal architect

I saw Panera Bread present eye-popping stats at Workday Rising - 65,000 hires a year with rapid growth and 90% staff turnover and yet, on-boarding expectations of less then 24 hours. It would not be an exaggeration to say Panera, Cloud Computing, SaaS

4 Startups to Watch From 500 Startups' Demo Day

Inc Startups

More than 40 startups presented during a demo day hosted by the accelerator Friday

Students Debut Mobile Apps at Hello World Demo Day

SiliconHills

The […] The post Students Debut Mobile Apps at Hello World Demo Day appeared first on SiliconHills. By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News It’s hard making a mobile app. Just ask 80 fourth, fifth and six graders who just finished Hello World’s first engineering program and created 12 prototypes. Hello World, a new after school program, teaches kids web and mobile development, game design, data science and design thinking.

Entrepreneurs Take Part In First-Ever White House Demo Day (Live Stream)

YFS Magazine

Today, August 4, 2015, President Obama will host the first-ever White House Demo Day focused on inclusive entrepreneurship. Culture demo day

Showcasing New Programmers at CodeUp’s Demo Day

SiliconHills

Each day Jaime would bike three miles to Geekdom at the Weston Centre in downtown San Antonio to learn […] The post Showcasing New Programmers at CodeUp’s Demo Day appeared first on SiliconHills. By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News Michael Jaime sold his car and bought a bike so he could pay his tuition and participate in CodeUp, a 12-week bootcamp that teaches non-programmers how to code.

Tattoos and YCombinator Demo Day

This is going to be BIG.

Similarly, picking seed investors for your first startup in and around the craziness of an accelerator demo day can be just as scarring over the long term. In fact, you'd probably be better off both deciding on a tat on demo day. It was June of 2003.

Techstars Cloud Demo Day in San Antonio Features 10 Startups

SiliconHills

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Three Polish programmers wearing cowboy hats and cowboy boots stole the show at the third Techstars Cloud Demo Day. He relocated here […] The post Techstars Cloud Demo Day in San Antonio Features 10 Startups appeared first on SiliconHills. Damian Nowak, the CEO of Virtkick, clearly embraced the Texan life during his last three months in San Antonio participating in the Techstars Cloud program.

HAXLR8R In San Francisco For Their Demo Day on June 18th

Feld Thoughts

Following is a guest post from Cyril about the program along with a link to their Demo Day event in San Francisco on June 18th. The HAXLR8R team will hit San Francisco on June 18th for their Demo Day , which will be hosted at Autodesk on Embarcadero. TechStars accelerator chinaccelerator demo day haxlr8rI love software wrapped in plastic.

A Demo Day in Telluride

Feld Thoughts

I’m here for the Telluride Venture Accelerator Demo Day. Then, after demo day, I’m spending 15 minutes with each company. The post A Demo Day in Telluride appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Places demo day nextlaw labs telluride telluride venture accelerator

Six Startups Demo Their Ventures at InnoTech Austin

SiliconHills

The demos provided the companies an opportunity to show, not tell, the audience what their companies did, said Bryan Menell, managing editor of AustinStartup.com and […] The post Six Startups Demo Their Ventures at InnoTech Austin appeared first on SiliconHills. By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News Six startups showed off their ventures during six-minute presentations at the InnoTech Austin Beta Summit Wednesday morning at the Austin Convention Center.

TechStars Boulder Demo Day – 8/9/12

Feld Thoughts

On August 9th, TechStars in Boulder will wrap up with their annual Demo Day investment event. TechStars Boulder demo dayIf you’re an active investor and are interested in attending, send me an email and I’ll get you an invitation. It’s always amazing to witness how the teams transform in three short months and this program has been no different.

Start Every Board Meeting With A Demo

Feld Thoughts

Another one of my favorites is to start a board meeting off with a demo. I find three hour “reporting board meetings&# where everyone sits around and goes through a 50 page PowerPoint deck to be tedious. When I first started investing in 1994, this was the norm.

Austin-based DRAFT Debuts at Demo Fall in San Jose

SiliconHills

Austin-based DRAFT, a mobile app-based investment tool, launched Thursday at DEMO Fall 2014 in San Jose, Calif. The app aggregates all of a user’s […] The post Austin-based DRAFT Debuts at Demo Fall in San Jose appeared first on SiliconHills. The startup helps investors make smart investment decisions and reach their savings goals through a crowd-sourced mobile app. DRAFT relies on “crowd sourced data” to provide insight and guidance to investors.

10 Rules for Better Product Demos

Inc Startups

Product demos are like sales presentations on steroids. I''ve written about product demos before, but I haven''t covered the subject matter as thoroughly as it deserves. This is an oversight on my part, because product demos are tough to do well. Use the demo as a proof point.

Ten Techstars Austin Startups Pitched Perfectly at Demo Day

SiliconHills

By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News Ten companies pitched perfectly at the inaugural Austin Techstars Demo Day before a packed house at the Austin Music Hall Tuesday afternoon.

Biggest Austin Presence at DEMO in History

Austin Startup

Here''s one for you from the legandary DEMO conference in San Jose this week. A record-breaking six Austin companies launched at DEMO this week, and three of the six are being incubated at Capital Factory with one being an ATI graduate.

Our seven favorite startups from the 500 Startups demo day

The Next Web

Over 25 startups demoed at today’s 500 Startups demo event on the Microsoft campus in Mountain View. But within the flurry of buzzwords, PowerPoint presentations, and DubStep powered demos there were some real gems.

13 Ways To Pull Off A Killer Demo Day Presentation

OnStartups

The common thread amongst all of these programs is what is now known as "Demo Day", which is a single day (sometimes days) where a number of investors are put in to a room to watch all of the participating companies present for 6-8 minutes. Onswipe Techstars Demo Day 2011 (Deck Modified).

Three Austin Startups Launch at Fall DEMO

SiliconHills

Shelfbucks, Pictrition and PristineIO launched last week at TechCrunch’s Fall DEMO last week. Shelfbucks and Pristine received trophies as “Demo Gods” along with Skully Helmets, Hello Doctor and Sigma Guardian, recognized as outstanding. Altogether 40 companies pitched at DEMO.

9 notable young companies from the 500 Startups demo extravaganza

The Next Web

While Demo Day is a private viewing for investors of 500 Startups’ newest accelerator startups, TNW got a peek at what the innovators of Silicon Valley and beyond have on their minds.

Give a Great Product Demo: 5 Rules

Inc Startups

When done correctly, a demo allows the customer to see and feel how things will be better if they buy (and worse if they don't). Use these rules to make certain your product demos move the sale forward. Customize your demo. After the demo, close the deal.

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Special Attendee Rate for DEMO Fall 2012

Gust

We are delighted to present a special rate to attend DEMO in Santa Clara, California on October 1-3, 2012. During the two-day conference, DEMO provides an environment for companies to secure venture funding, establish critical relationships, influence early adopters, and meet with top tier press. DEMO has built an unmatched track record of selecting, coaching, promoting and making successful some of the most game-changing products the world has ever seen.

Mike Maples Jr. Talks About TNCs, Thunder Lizards and Network Capitalism at Longhorn Startup Demo Day

SiliconHills

Talks About TNCs, Thunder Lizards and Network Capitalism at Longhorn Startup Demo Day appeared first on SiliconHills. By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Mike Maples Jr.,

6 Ways to Give Demos that Blow the Customer’s Mind

Inc Startups

Product demonstrations are the single most powerful sales tool. Follow these simple rules and you will close more sales

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Oblong NYC Event on 7/24

Feld Thoughts

If you are in NY on 7/24 and want to have your mind blown by one of my favorite companies ever, go to the Oblong NYC Open House to see their new demo center. My Investments demo NYC oblong

The Gust-DEMO Fall 2012 Scholarship

Gust

Following the huge success of the Gust-DEMO scholarship earlier this year, Gust and DEMO have teamed up again to offer Gust start-ups a full scholarship opportunity for DEMO Fall 2012. The recipient of the Gust-DEMO Scholarship will have a chance to launch their product to some of the most innovative people in the world. DEMO Fall 2012 takes place October 1-3, 2012 in Santa Clara, CA. Make its public debut at the DEMO conference.

The Fourth Techstars Cloud Cohort Showed off Their Ventures at Demo Day 2016

SiliconHills

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News At the Aztec Theater in downtown San Antonio, entrepreneurs with 11 startups took to the stage to present their companies during the fourth Techstars Cloud Demo Day Thursday afternoon. million during the course of […] The post The Fourth Techstars Cloud Cohort Showed off Their Ventures at Demo Day 2016 appeared first on SiliconHills.

Finding Signal In The Noise Of Demo Days

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I'm taking a break from MBA Mondays today because Christina Cacioppo just posted a terrific blog post on the USV blog on her takeaways from a summer attending most every demo day imaginable. Christina notes: Over the past few months, I've seen over 160 companies come through eight different accelerator programs.

5 Startups to Watch From Y Combinator Demo Day

Inc Startups

This week, 104 companies presented over two days to an audience of potential investors. We've singled out five that gave promising pitches

How to Make a Demo Video for Your Startup (Video)

ReadWriteStart

There's no better way to show off a new web application than by navigating through it with an expert hand, telling its story and recording a short demo video.

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From demo day to dollars!

StartupCFO

We held a demo day for the first grads of our Founderfuel program this week. While the teams nursed some well-deserved hangovers the next morning I put together some suggestions for how they take the interest generated at demo day and turn that into actual investment.