March 21, 2012 11:57 ET

DEMO Spring 2012 Announces Keynote Speakers and Powerful Lineup of Industry Sage Panelists

Attendees Invited to Exclusive Screening of "Ctrl+Alt+Compete" Which Chronicles Startups' Paths to Launch

FRAMINGHAM, MA--(Marketwire - Mar 21, 2012) - The DEMO Conference, world-renowned for launching the most innovative companies in enterprise, mobile, cloud computing, consumer, social media and disruptive technologies, today announced its keynote speakers and first round of industry expert panelists for DEMO Spring 2012. Global technology industry leaders, venture capitalists, press, and entrepreneurs will gather on April 17-19, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara, to experience launch demonstrations from today's top innovators and to hear commentary on the state of startups and technology today.

For the past 22 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 from the DEMO Mobile, DEMO Enterprise, DEMO Social, DEMO Consumer, and DEMO Cloud categories, relevant sage panelists will take the stage and offer a unique layer of context to DEMO Spring 2012 by providing feedback, thoughts and insights on the innovative launch demonstrations.

DEMO Spring 2012's keynote speakers and lineup of distinguished sage panelists include:

Keynote speakers:

  • David Lawee, Vice President, Corporate Development at Google
  • Aaron Levie, CEO, Box
  • Brad Smith, CEO, Intuit

Sage Panelists:

  • Mike Abbott, Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
  • Larry Augustin, CEO, SugarCRM
  • Jeff Clavier, Managing Partner, Softech VC
  • David Cohen, Founder and CEO, Techstars
  • Satish Dharmaraj, Managing Director, Redpoint Ventures
  • David, Freidberg, Founding CEO, The Climate Corporation
  • Ross Fubini, Advisor, Kabor Capital
  • Chuck Ganapathi, Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Accel Partners
  • Tom Gillis, CEO, Bracket Computing
  • Bill Gurley, General Partner, Benchmark Capital
  • David Gutelius, Chief Social Scientist, Jive Software
  • Trevor Healy, CEO, Amobee
  • Christine Herron, Director, Intel Capital
  • Sheila Jordan, Vice President, Communication and Collaboration IT, Cisco Systems
  • Jason Krikorian, General Partner, DCM
  • Joe Kraus, Partner, Google Ventures
  • Aileen Lee, Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
  • Claire Lee, Head of Partnerships and Emerging Business, Microsoft.
  • John Lilly, Partner Greylock Partners
  • Bill Nguyen, Founder & CEO, Color Labs
  • Peter Pham, Partner, Science
  • Shervin Pishevar, Managing Director, Menlo Ventures
  • Will Price, CEO, FLITE
  • Clara Shih, CEO, Hearsay Social
  • James Slavet, Partner, Greylock Partners
  • Dana Stadler, General Partner, Matrix Partners
  • Nirav Tolia, Co-Founder & CEO,

"Hearing, and more importantly learning, from our speakers and sage panelists is one of the highlights of the DEMO conferences," said DEMO executive producer Matt Marshall. "We are excited to bring an influential group of seasoned entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and industry titans together with a stellar class of demonstrators for what promises to be another successful DEMO event."

Sponsored by Microsoft, this year's attendees will experience an exclusive screening of the documentary film "Ctrl+Alt+Compete." The documentary takes a revealing look at the startup and emerging business scene through the eyes of five founders and their teams, which includes DEMO Spring 2011 alumnus Guardly. The documentary tells a story of passion, fortitude, and insanity that is bringing a startup to life.

Furthermore, the DEMO conferences recently traveled on a six city, four country DEMO Innovation Tour where conference organizers met with entrepreneurs from Austin, Texas to Istanbul. DEMO continues to showcase the most disruptive products regardless of geography through DEMO Spring as well as the recently hosted DEMO Asia in Singapore on March 1, 2012, which hosted 73 companies from 14 countries, and the upcoming DEMO Brazil, taking place September 1 - 2, 2012 in Sao Paulo.

For more information about any of the DEMO conferences or to register to see the headline makers of tomorrow at DEMO Spring 2012, visit the newly re-launched and reserve your spot today.

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About the DEMO Conferences

Produced by the IDG Enterprise events group in conjunction with VentureBeat, the DEMO conferences in the United States, Asia and Brazil 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

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