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Basking (briefly) in the DEMOfall 2006 glow

Just one week ago, 67 companies were nervously introducing their products to a sold-out crowd of 700 investors, business development executives, early adopters, and eager media.

DEMOfall 2006 was an amazing event. The on-stage demos were nearly flawless. John Patrick's FutureScan panels were smart. The buzz in the pavilion was cacophonic. Heck, even the Wi-Fi was glitch-free.

The DEMOgods smiled upon us as the 67 companies delivered amazing products to the market.

You'd think that after a week like that, we could all take a moment to bask in the success. There's no time for that. I've launched right into planning for DEMO 2007, and after "the week that was," the winter conference has a pretty high bar to clear.

So, while I rev the engines on DEMO 2007, I'll point you to some of the stories and insights that came out of DEMOfall 2006.
• We've captured links to just some of the media coverage of the event. You'll find a wide range of opinion about the highlights of the event at

• Alex Iskold, founder of adaptiveblue, gives the entrepreneur's perspective of DEMOfall in this post:

• John Patrick recaps nicely the FutureScan panels at his blog:

• And, of course, you can see video of all the on-stage demonstrations right here at the DEMO Video Archives page.

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Chris Shipley is the executive producer of NetworkWorld's DEMO Conferences, Editor of DEMO Letter, and a technology industry analyst for nearly 20 years. She can be reached at Shipley, has covered the personal technology business since 1984, and is regarded as one of the top analysts covering the technology industry today. Shipley has worked as a writer and editor for variety of technology consumer magazines, including PC Week, PC Magazine, PC/Computing, and InfoWorld, US Magazine, and Working Woman. She has written two books on communications and Internet technology, has won numerous awards for journalistic excellence, and was named the No. 1 newsletter editor by Marketing Computers for two years in a row. To subscribe to DEMOletter please visit:

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