DEMO executive producer Matt Marshall is currently touring California in search of new products to launch at the upcoming DEMO convention, held September 13-15 at the Hyatt Regency in Silicon Valley. (This is the technology showcase and networking forum where Skype launched its first implementation for mobile handsets and where Google acquired Picasa.) Marshall has led a series of informal gatherings worldwide where entrepreneurs can introduce their ideas to venture capitalists in their area.
If you missed Marshall in San Diego and Irvine this week, the next session is in Silicon Valley next Tuesday, June 22, at the offices of Benchmark Capital on Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park. Benchmark Capital will invite 10 companies to give a 20-minute presentation and receive 10 minutes of feedback from Marshall and some of Benchmark’s general partners. The venture capital firm has invested in technology-driven companies since 1995, with a portfolio that includes Twitter, Polyvore and Yelp. This meeting will focus on cloud/infrastructure, SaaS, consumer internet and mobile companies. After that, they’ll head over to the Dutch Goose for a beer and burger party. Applicants have until tomorrow at noon to fill out this form. More events to follow.