Cnet: Put up or shut up at tech trade show

My spin by, Ramon Ray, Smallbiztechnology.com: Wouldn’t it have been nice if companies would have produced technology to solve problems from the start. Why wait until the economy is going negative?

A conference dedicated to showcasing new technology is out to prove that tech innovation isn’t dead; it’s just become more practical.
During the dot-com boom, the Demo conference was a splashy venue for high-tech industry executives, venture capitalists and start-ups looking to cut a high profile. This year, however, companies will need more than a great idea and a slick demo to gather the accolades.
Today’s environment is decidedly cool to gee-whiz technology without apparent benefit to businesses or consumers. This year’s Demo start-ups will be pitching their wares as solutions to persistent problems, according to Chris Shipley, the executive director of the Demo event. (full story)