March 18, 2013 08:00 ET

DEMO Mobile 2013 to Feature Keynote by Legendary Venture Capitalist Vinod Khosla

Steve Blank to Speak at Inaugural Founder School @DEMO: Can Mobile Start-Ups Go Lean

FRAMINGHAM, MA--(Marketwire - Mar 18, 2013) - IDG's DEMO conferences, world-renowned for launching today's most innovative and eye-opening technologies and companies, today unveiled an agenda of industry luminary speakers and experts for the inaugural DEMO Mobile event. DEMO Mobile will highlight the best new mobile technologies based on design, innovation and market potential and will be held April 17, 2013 at the Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco.

Legendary entrepreneur, investor and mentor Vinod Khosla will keynote DEMO Mobile 2013, revealing how other entrepreneurs can identify and profit from industry shifts. Khosla made a name for himself as the co-founder of Daisy Systems and founding CEO of Sun Microsystems where he pioneered open systems and commercial RISC processors. As the founder of Khosla Ventures, he focuses on impactful clean technology and information technology investments, including mobile technology. He sits on the boards of directors for both Jawbone and Square and invests in several early-stage mobile startups, including,, and Instacart.

DEMO Mobile 2013 will also feature the first Founder School, where entrepreneurs can learn from each other and those who have struggled with many of the same challenges before them. Founder School's inaugural speaker will be serial entrepreneur, author, business school professor and the recognized founder of the Lean Startup Movement, Steve Blank. He will share insight from his most recent book, The Startup Owner's Manual: The Step-By-Step Guide for Building a Great Company, and how DEMO Mobile 2013 attendees can make the most of mobile market potential, from building better teams to budgeting for business success.

"With the launch of DEMO Mobile our goal is to curate not only the best products and demonstrators, but also the best, most relevant speakers and experts," said DEMO executive producer Erick Schonfeld. "The insight and knowledge shared by this group of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and key industry players will make a lasting impression on not only our demonstrators, but the entire DEMO Mobile audience."

For the past 23 years, the DEMO conference has consistently featured high-quality panelists and speakers ranging from renowned venture capitalists to technology leaders and veteran entrepreneurs. After each group of industry-specific demonstrators -- ranging from Mobile Health to Mobile Enterprise -- industry pundits will take the stage and offer a unique layer of context to DEMO Mobile by providing feedback, thoughts and insights on the innovative launch demonstrations in their area of expertise.

Additional DEMO Mobile 2013 speakers and expert judges include:

  • Garrett Camp, Founder & Chairman, Stumbleupon
  • Tom Conrad, CTO & EVP of Production, Pandora
  • Chris Dixon, General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz
  • Jason Jacobs, Founder & CEO, Runkeeper
  • Justin Kan, Founder & CEO, Exec
  • Colleen Baik, Designer, Twitter
  • Chi-Hua Chien, General Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
  • Jeff Clavier, Founder & Managing Partner, SoftTech VC
  • Evan Doll, Co-Founder, Flipboard
  • Dr. Michael Harries, Chief Technologist, Citrix Startup Accelerator
  • Mary Lou Jepsen, Founder & CEO, Pixel Qi Corporation
  • Aileen Lee, Founder, Cowboy Ventures
  • Rich Miner, General Partner, Google Ventures
  • Aseem Sood, Head of Mobile Product Management, Dropbox
  • Craig Walker, CEO & Founder, Firespotter Labs

The inaugural DEMO Mobile conference will showcase a carefully selected demonstrator class devoted to mobile computing, which is taking over the world of apps and devices, reconfiguring the consumer, enterprise, social, and commerce landscapes. From touch to tablets, Schonfeld and the DEMO team have handpicked the best 20 products and companies to take the stage and provide attendees with a glimpse of where the mobile future is headed.

As DEMO continues to evolve and expand, so does the conference's presence on a global scale. DEMO's Global Launch Program allows startups from all over the world to have the chance to launch their innovative technologies and gain exposure. Upcoming international conferences include:

  • DEMO India 2013: Bengaluru, India, March 20-21, 2013
  • DEMO Brazil 2013: June 26-27, 2013 
  • DEMO China 2013: March 20-21, 2013
  • DEMO Europe (Russia) 2013: June 3-4, 2013
  • DEMO Africa 2013: Nairobi, Kenya, October 25-27, 2013

Visit or the new DEMO blog to get more information on any of the global DEMO conferences, including DEMO Mobile 2013, and to reserve your spot today to get a firsthand look at the headline makers of tomorrow.

The DEMO Mobile 2013 conference would not be possible without our dedicated sponsors, including Cornerstone Sponsor Microsoft Windows 8, and Platinum Sponsors AARP, Citrix Startup Accelerator, Microsoft Bizspark, Porter Novelli, Startup America Partnership and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Visit the DEMO Sponsor page for a full list of sponsoring companies.

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About the DEMO Conferences
Produced by the IDG Enterprise events group, the DEMO conferences in the United States, Asia, Brazil, Africa, India and Europe focus on emerging technologies and new products innovations, 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

The DEMO community also benefits from the award winning DEMOletter. A weekly e-newsletter designed to reach the people who are creating companies, building products and launching new ideas, DEMOletter provides smart insight and analysis of entrepreneurial business issues. To subscribe, go to:

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