I’ve been to DEMO both as a presenter, and as a blogger / podcaster covering the show. Yesterday’s announcement that DEMO producer Chris Shipley will be moving on is disappointing, but not unexpected. After watching prominent Silicon Valley personalities with competing conferences hammer on DEMO for the last 24 months, it’s unsurprising that DEMO owner IDG Conferences might choose to make changes.
I remain a fan of DEMO, and the great work that Chris has done over the last 13 years. Certainly, our experience launching at DEMO and winning a DEMOgod was one that generated more visibility for iotum than we could have at any other venue. It was truly a defining experience for the company, and I’m certain that the same is true for other companies that chose to launch at DEMO.