SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Apr 23, 2015) - DEMO ( today concluded DEMO Traction 2015, a single-day conference featuring some of today's most innovative companies on the cusp of major growth spurts. Focused obsessively on growth, the conference connected the most promising companies with investors, strategic partners and customers. Executives, founders, engineers and investors gathered at the Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco to exhibit, connect and see new technology.

Speaker highlights of the conference included key executives such as:

  • Rohit Bodas, partner, American Express Ventures
  • Des Cahill, Samepage CMO, Kerio Technologies, Inc.
  • John Dougery, managing director, Inventus Capital Partners
  • Sean Ellis, CEO, Qualaroo, Inc.
  • Josh Elman, partner, Greylock Partners
  • Jared Fliesler, general partner, Matrix Management Corp.
  • Jake Flomenberg, partner, Accel Partners
  • John Gallant, senior VP and chief content officer, IDG Communications US
  • Bob Goodson, founder, Quid, Inc.
  • Jared Kopf, founder, AdRoll
  • Jeff Lawson, co-founder, Twilio, Inc.
  • Peter Levine, partner, Andreessen Horowitz
  • Flynn Maloy, senior director, service provider, SMB and public sector, enterprise global marketing, Hewlett-Packard Company, Inc.
  • Todd McKinnon, CEO, Okta, Inc.
  • Jose Morales, vice president, corporate development, Atlassian Pty Ltd.
  • Kara Nortman, partner, Upfront Ventures
  • Alex Rosen, managing director, IDG Ventures
  • Jeffrey Rothschild, VP infrastructure software, Facebook, Inc.
  • Ben Rubin, co-founder and CEO, Meerkat
  • Aleda Schaffer, strategic partnerships manager, American Airlines, Inc.
  • Erick Schonfeld, executive producer, DEMO
  • Neal Silverman, senior vice president and general manager, DEMO
  • Lance Smith, CEO, Primary Data, Inc.
  • Owen Thomas, editor in chief, ReadWrite
  • Ravi Viswanathan, general partner, New Enterprise Associates
  • Bayard Winthrop, founder and CEO, American Giant, Inc.
  • Michelle Zatlyn, co-founder and head of user experience, CloudFlare, Inc.
  • Jose Morales, VP, Corporate Development, Atlassian Pty Ltd.

"It was a great day of connecting with an international network of like-minded entrepreneurs and investors, sharpening our minds and skills," said DEMO executive producer Erick Schonfeld. "We brought together high-growth startups, high-potential investors and strategic partners, promoting traction that benefited everyone there. Participants and attendees took away an experience that will help them reach their future company goals."

DEMO Watch 2015 group of Traction companies:

Information Technology
Expect Labs

Beachfront Media
Candy Lab

Smart Data

GamePlan Education

DEMO Traction Champion Award winners:

The DEMO Traction Champion Awards are given to four traction companies for their ability to present a great product, its position in the market and compelling features, and what differentiates it from the others.

Major support was provided by the Hewlett-Packard Company, which sponsored the global webcast across all of IDG Enterprise's sites; American Airlines, Inc., for providing free air travel to all Traction companies; and Primary Data, Inc., the CIO Executive Council..

Other DEMO Traction 2015 sponsors include: Appdynamics, Inc.; IDG Ventures; ABD Insurance and Financial Services; Beats Brazil; The Brenner Group, Inc.; CBRE Group, Inc.; Comerica Inc.; Cooley LLP; Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd.; First Republic Bank, Inc.; Invest Northern Ireland; Merrill Lynch Wealth Management; NEC Corp.; Northern Trust Corp.; Silicon Valley Bank Financial Group; Stifel Financial Corp.; Tivi; TriNet, Inc.; VCNetwork; William Blair & Company; the New York Stock Exchange; Nordic Innovation House; Hewlett Packard, Inc.; Primary Data, Inc.; Tribe of Angels; Glazed; Growth Nation, Inc.; BlogsRelease, VentureChoice, Inc.; Parks Associates, Inc.; Stafford & Associates, LLC; Wearable World, Inc.; and the Business Performance Innovation Network.

About the DEMO Conferences
Produced by IDG, the DEMO conferences in the United States, China, Brazil, Russia and Vietnam focus on emerging technologies and new product innovations. 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, Salesforce, WebEx, TiVo, VMware, Fusion-io and thousands of others, helping them to secure venture funding, establish critical business relationships, and influence early adopters. The DEMO Scholarship Partner Program, subsidized by corporate sponsorships, offers multiple scholarship opportunities to ensure that deserving entrepreneurs have the chance to introduce cutting-edge technological products at DEMO which might have otherwise gone undiscovered.

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