Twice a year, well-funded entrepreneurs face off with venture capitalists and the press at Demo events.
DemoFall 2009 is taking place Wednesday and Thursday in San Diego, where 70 companies are pitching their new products or strategies.
Sarithi LocalMart kicked off the Alpha Pitch, a series of 90-second presentations from 14 of the 70 new companies at the conference. These are earlier-stage companies than the rest, which get six minutes to present. Alpha pitchers don't get to set foot on the main stage.
Kevin McCarthy and Greg Gomer (middle and right), of consumer content company Pinyadda, are about to learn that venture capitalist Prashant Shah (left) of Hummer Winblad only invests in enterprise technology.
Normally I advise companies to not give out cute swag like condoms, but in the case of DateCheck, which helps you "look up before you hook up" so you can tell if the person you're hitting on in the bar is a deadbeat, it makes sense.