DEMO 2009: A Smaller Showcase for Startups

Fewer early-stage companies are pitching to venture capitalists this year, but new Web services and high-tech gadgets are on display

Judging from the number of companies making their debut at this year's DEMO conference, all is not well in the state of techdom. About three dozen startups are taking the stage at this annual showcase for promising early-stage businesses, which gets under way March 2 in Palm Desert, Calif. Last year almost 80 companies used the conference to pitch for funding, partnerships, and exposure.

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