The weather was forbiddingly cold, but the vibe was hot as the DEMO Innovation Tour rolled through New York last night at the Taj II lounge, where VentureBeat editor-in-chief Matt Marshall, the executive producer of the event, invited a host of New York City entrepreneurs to hobnob.
The cocktail-party chatter came after a long day of pitches at RRE Ventures, one of New York’s top venture-capital firms. VentureBeat has organized a series of pitch events with the industry’s canniest investors, where DEMO candidates show their products in private meetings. It’s both a dress rehearsal for the DEMO event and a chance to get unvarnished feedback from venture capitalists — and, though there’s absolutely no guarantee, possibly a check. We hear at least one mobile startup got funded through this week’s meetup.
Here are photos from the DEMO Conference Flickr feed — watch for more as Matt takes off for Toronto this week!
There’s still time to throw your hat in the ring if you have a product to launch: Apply by February 1 to launch at DEMO Spring 2011, which takes place from February 27 to March 1 in Palm Desert, Calif.