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Seattle companies: Join us November 30 for a pitch at Madrona, and then cocktails

If you’re a entrepreneur in the Seattle region and are considering launching an amazing tech product over the next year or so, you should join us for a meetup at one of Seattle’s most respected venture capital firms, Madrona Venture Group.

We’re inviting up to 10 companies that are contemplating launching products at DEMO (either at the upcoming DEMO event February 27 – March 1 in Palm Desert, or DEMO Fall 2011) to present their ideas on Tuesday, November 30 at Madrona’s offices at 1000 Second Avenue.

Warning: If you’re a Groupon clone, you may not make the cut — yep, we’re still seeing an onslaught of these for some reason. :)

This is an easy way to get smart, frank feedback from Madrona partners, as well as from myself and the DEMO team. Each presentation will get at least 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of feedback. If you’re interested in doing this, please fill out this form.

It’s part of my ongoing quest to find the best companies from around the world to launch at DEMO, an event where we select 60 or so finalists to demo their product to the world’s leading technology press corps. In addition to the press fest, DEMO is attended by leading venture capitalists as well as corporate and business-development execs. It’s an awesome event for getting unprecedented publicity and for striking deals.

In each of our pre-event stops, we partner with what we think are the best firms in each location. In the past, they have included the Foundry Group, BenchmarkKleiner Perkins and others. We also have one coming up at Sequoia Capital on December 7 (stay tuned for details).

If you’re selected as one of the 10 companies, we’ll follow up immediately with more information about the presentation and attendees from DEMO and Madrona. Not every company will make the cut, but even those who don’t may get an invitation to an intimate cocktail reception at Madrona that will take place at the end of the day, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. There will be drinks and snacks, and we’ll basically just hang out.

After the Madrona meetup, we’ll all head over to cocktails at The Crocodile Club, which will be an open networking event for Seattle tech movers and shakers, from 7 to 9 p.m. Spread the word. We’ll be buying drinks there for the first 75 people who show up. Please register here for that.

The next day, on December 1, I’ll be speaking at The Flashies, hosted by John Cook’s TechFlash, the leading tech blog covering the NorthWest. His annual tech award show is at the Seattle Center. If you don’t know about The Flashies, you should check them out, and go vote on today’s No Longer Stealth Award.

Look forward to seeing you!


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