Startup companies with finished products need publicity, media and blogger coverage, and analysts and reviewers to take note of what they are doing. They also often need investor interest. Since investors often flock to the same hot deals, it can be good to have a large number of investors exposed to your deal at the same time. Some launch events give startups a chance to reach all these audiences at the same time. DEMO is a semi-annual event that has featured pitches from some of the remarkable technology companies of our time. Investors and the media pay a lot of attention to the companies that get selected to present at DEMO. At every DEMO, conference organizer Chris Shipley chooses a number of DEMOgods that are worthy of special attention.
TOPIC 1. Marty Fahncke, an outstanding direct-response marketer, finally convinced me to join with him as he launches www.learnfrompaulallen.com. I guess he really couldn't have done it without me. Our first conference call, where I will answer questions from listeners about internet marketing and other entrepreneurial topics, will be held on Thursday, September 7th at 1 pm MST. This is a free conference call, so register now for one of the limited spaces.
I just heard about a great full-day conference on October 6th that will be well worth attending. (I think it will be in Layton, Utah.) I know several of the speakers and they are outstanding, world-changing individuals. I can't imagine not coming away very motivated and inspired by these entrepreneurs. Please check it out.
Okay, not really... But in a big vote of confidence for all of us Utah guys, here's the real news. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will be the keynote speaker at the October 27th Utah Technology Council Hall of Fame dinner at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City. I didn't believe the email I got until I confirmed the truth of this in the Deseret News article.
This week I spent two days at the Corporate Alliance Summit with 50 business leaders and managers. We learned about the powerful relationship-building principles that Corporate Alliance teaches, and had a lot of time to make personal connections with each other. My first Summit was last September. It was incredible.
If you are an angel investor and want a fun experience, join me and a couple dozen other angel investors for FundingUtah.com's first Salt Lake City entrepreneur speedpitching event Thursday, February 2nd. The staff at FundingUtah.com have selected 10 promising entrepreneurs for the event. They have been coached on how to deliver informative and energetic pitches. It promises to be an exciting day. Last November the first ever FundingUtah speedpitching event attracted journalists, photographers, and even KSL news, which broadcast a 2 minute report of the event on the evening news. Check it out. This is fun stuff. Visit the FundingUtah web site for more information or call them at 801-805-4847.
If you weren't lucky enough to get to CES, or if you missed some of the keynote speeches, you've got to spend an hour or two reading the transcripts. Here are the links: Bill Gates 2006 CES transcript Howard Stringer, Sony CEO, 2006 CES transcript Paul Otellini, Intel CEO, 2006 CES transcript (PDF format)
Check out my latest article in Connect Magazine that gives my impressions of the Shop.org event in Las Vegas earlier this year. Let me know what you think of the article. And please, tell me topics you would like me to cover next time? Remember, at Connect you are the "editor-in-chief" so let me know what you want to see.
Phil Burns, aka Phil801, COO of Provo Labs (which will be announced soon), flew to San Jose last night to attend Esther Dyson's When 2.0 seminar at Stanford University. Sometimes you look at the list of speakers and attendees at a conference and you think it would be worth any price and any sacrifice to be there. In this case you've got Ray Ozzie (running Microsoft's strategy for Windows Live and Office Live), Mitch Kapor, and key people from Technorati and Riya among others.
If you are in Utah Thursday, you have to pay $10 to hear Silicon Valley transplant Josh Coates speak about how to start a company and raise money. He is an incredible technologist with a disruptive business model and he knows how to raise capital. He likes to challenge the way the Utah angel and VC community fund startups. Josh likes the Silicon Valley way. The event will be at Los Hermanos in Lindon at 3:30 pm. Don't miss this.