The DEMO conferences in the United States and China focus on emerging technologies and new products innovations, all of which are thoroughly vetted from applications across the spectrum of the technology marketplace. At each DEMO event, a hand-selected group of the new products are introduced to the world for the very first time to an audience of trade and mainstream media; angel and venture investors; corporate development officers, and other entrepreneurs and technophiles.
Over the past 20 years, the DEMO conferences have earned their reputation for consistently identifying tomorrow's cutting-edge technologies, and have served as launch pad events for companies like VMWare, Boingo Wireless, Palm, E*Trade, Tivo, Handspring, and U.S. Robotics, thereby helping them to secure venture funding, establish critical business relationships, and influence early adopters. The DEMO Conferences are Produced by the IDG Enterprise events group in conjunction with VentureBeat. For more information on the DEMO conferences, visit www.demo.com
Matt Marshall is the editor and CEO of VentureBeat, which he founded in 2006. He covered the venture capital and startup beat for the Mercury News from 2001-2006. Marshall significantly expanded the newspapers coverage of venture capital and startups during that time, in daily articles and a weekly column called the VC Insider, and then online with his blog SiliconBeat from 2004.
Marshall was awarded Journalist of the Year by the Northern California Society of Professional Journalists in 2002, and the James Madison Freedom of Information award in 2003. These awards were for a series of articles he wrote in conjunction with two successful Mercury News lawsuits, in part instigated by Marshall, against California's public pension fund (CalPERS) and the University of California. The lawsuits sought disclosure of the financial performance of venture capital and other private equity funds that CalPERS and UC had invested in, arguing that state taxpayers and retirees had a right to know these results. As a result of these laws suits, public employees now have full access to information on the performance of their retirement investments.
Marshall was a correspondent for the Wall Street Journal in Bonn, Germany from 1995 through 1998. In 1999 he wrote a book while in Germany, The Bank: the Birth of Europe's Central Bank and the Rebirth of European Power. He has also written for the Washington Post and several other publications. Marshal is also the executive producer of DEMO.
Marshall has a PhD in Government and an MA in German and European Studies from Georgetown University.