These teenagers are trying to take my job (video)

While attending the 2011 Fall Demo conference in Santa Clara, I was startled by the sight of a young man helping himself to coffee in between interviews with startup founders and venture capitalists in the conference Green Room. It’s my job to drink coffee and do interviews. What’s more, he was way better dressed than me. Feeling threatened, I went to tower over him in my four inch heels.

Demo: Start a VoIP business fast & on the cheap with VoipSwitch

Voice over Internet protocol, or VoIP, is the technology that powers apps such as Skype, and it’s been changing the world for quite some time.
VoipSwitch is a company that seeks to harness the power of VoIP technology by adding more features and making it even cheaper and easier for companies to get started with VoIP services for their end users, who in turn save massive amounts of money by being able to communicate through the web rather than over cellular networks.

Demo: Turn images into mobile app prototypes with FieldTest

If you’re not a coder, but you’ve got a great idea for a mobile app (and need to communicate that idea to developers, investors, beta testers and others) FieldTest is one way to quickly and easily solve your problems.
FieldTest allows you to upload images — paper sketches, wireframes, beautifully illustrated mock-ups, whatever — then designate interactions, touch hotspots and more to create a functioning application for testing and demos.

Dylan’s Desk: How stressful product launches make stressful products

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Demo: Care for a senior citizen with SenseAide, a video & health monitoring tool

Two and a half years ago, Sri Rao’s mother-in-law had a stroke. The event left her with almost no mobility on her left side — and with a great need for the attention of caregivers.
“It turned all of our lives upside down,” Rao told VentureBeat. And ultimately, the stroke inspired and motivated Rao to start working on Senseaide, a startup that focuses on the health needs of senior citizens and the information needs of their caregivers.

Demo: A revolution in home utilities, NeighborOil promises lower prices through group buying power

Oil means more than just gasoline. For many folks, it’s also how they heat their homes.
NeighborOil is a startup that’s reexamining how communities buy oil for heating and helping consumers negotiate for better prices and better service. And starting today, it’s bringing its revolutionary model to a wide range of residential utilities, including electricity and natural gas.