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Seattle companies: Get feedback from Madrona next week

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

Colorado companies: Get feedback from the Foundry Group

If you’re a tech company in the Boulder, Colo. area and are working on a new idea to launch in the next year or so, join VentureBeat and DEMO for a meetup with Foundry Group one week from Wednesday on June 15.

Accel Partners offers feedback for ambitious startups

VentureBeat and DEMO are partnering with Accel Partners, one of the hottest venture capital firms in the world (it has backed Facebook, Groupon, 99Designs, Angry Birds, Cloudera, Etsy, Diapers.com and many others).

NY companies: Join us at RRE Ventures May 11

If you’re based in New York and have the next big disruptive tech company, you’ll want to apply for a special session we’re hosting next month with one of New York’s  most respected venture capital groups, RRE Ventures.

DEMO: Here’s how you can launch for free

I’m delighted — actually, completely jazzed — to announce a new initiative at DEMO that will let a portion of the companies at the event launch for free.

Notable’s relaunch aims for simplicity in Web design collaboration

Zurb, interaction design and strategy firm that specializes in online and mobile applications, has gone back to the drawing board for its Web-design collaboration tool Notable. By stripping away unnecessary features, lowering its pricing, and removing storage and user limits, the company is aiming to shine a new light on Notable.

How we rocked DEMO Spring 2011 (photos)

Team VentureBeat is still recovering from DEMO Spring 2011, the product-launch conference we co-produced in Palm Desert, Calif. this week. From Sunday afternoon into the wee hours of Wednesday morning, we went nonstop.

DEMO: Will stepping into the CVAC pod improve your health?

CVAC Systems is one of 53 companies chosen by VentureBeat to launch at the DEMO Spring 2011 event taking place this week in Palm Desert, Calif. After our selection, the companies pay a fee to present. Our coverage of them remains objective.

DEMO: ShowUhow’s video guides promise to reduce product returns

In 2007, $13.8 billion worth of products sold in the United States were returned. According to Accenture, 68 percent of these products were returned because they were not meeting customer expectations or were simply too confusing to use. ShowUhow, a startup presenting at DEMO, has developed a solution for the latter problem and has guaranteed to retailers and manufacturers that its service will decrease product returns and increase sales conversions.

DEMO: Screenreach takes interaction from small screens to big ones

Screenreach is one of 53 companies chosen by VentureBeat to launch at the DEMO Spring 2011 event taking place this week in Palm Desert, Calif. After our selection, the companies pay a fee to present. Our coverage of them remains objective.

DEMO: MobileNation lets anyone become a mobile app developer

MobileNation is one of 53 companies chosen by VentureBeat to launch at the DEMO Spring 2011 event taking place this week in Palm Desert, Calif. After our selection, the companies pay a fee to present. Our coverage of them remains objective.

DEMO: JetStreamHD lets you stream media to your iPad with no hassle

Nuvvyo, the maker of JetStreamHD, is one of 53 companies chosen by VentureBeat to launch at the DEMO Spring 2011 event taking place this week in Palm Desert, Calif. After our selection, the companies pay a fee to present. Our coverage of them remains objective.

DEMO: Send an SMS slideshow with Highnote

Mobile multimedia messaging application Highnote announced today that it is launching an updated version of its app at the DEMO Spring 2011 conference.

DEMO: Guardly alerts your “safety network” in emergencies

A middle-aged man walking down the stairs in his apartment has a heart-attack. Alone and gasping for air, he pulls out his mobile phone and with one button is able to notify friends and family in a predefined “safety network” to receive help. This is the vision of Guardly, a startup launching at DEMO that wants to decrease the amount of time it takes for responders to arrive at an emergency.

DEMO: Can Viafoura make video comments work?

Viafoura is one of 53 companies chosen by VentureBeat to launch at the DEMO Spring 2011 event taking place this week. These companies do pay a fee to present, but our coverage of them remains objective.

White House-backed Startup America teams up with DEMO

The Startup America Partnership, a nonprofit foundation dedicated to backing entrepreb neurship, announced today that it is teaming up with DEMO, the IDG- and VentureBeat-produced product-launch conference series, to expand opportunities for startups.

DEMO: Thoora uncovers the most talked about web content

Thoora is one of 53 companies chosen by VentureBeat to launch at the DEMO Spring 2011 event taking place this week. These companies do pay a fee to present, but our coverage of them remains objective.

DEMO: Next Island opens time travel for its virtual world

Next Island is one of 53 companies chosen by VentureBeat to launch at the DEMO Spring 2011 event taking place this week in Palm Desert, Calif. After our selection, the companies pay a fee to present. Our coverage of them remains objective.

DEMO: Marginize adds a social layer to every webpage

Marginize is one of 53 companies chosen by VentureBeat to launch at the DEMO Spring 2011 event taking place this week. After our selection, the companies pay a fee to present, but our coverage of them remains objective.

DEMO: Heystaks makes searching social

Heystaks is one of 53 companies chosen by VentureBeat to launch at the DEMO Spring 2011 event taking place this week. After our selection, the companies pay a fee to present, but our coverage of them remains objective.

DEMO: GutCheck makes focus groups more affordable

GutCheck is one of 53 companies chosen by VentureBeat to launch at the DEMO Spring 2011 event taking place this week. These companies do pay a fee to present, but our coverage of them remains objective.