DEMO 2006: $18k beats a business model

A Techdirt writer tells DEMOers how to not suck. "Don't pretend what isn't new is new," says Mike, wiping out half the dot-commers.

A tipster points out why DEMO is full of wannabes:

I have to confess that I am always disgusted by the amount of media attention showered on the Demo conference. Do these journalists realize that the companies "selected" have all had to fork over $18,500 to be featured? And yet, the press covers the conference as if Chris Shipley had hand-picked the companies based only on the strength of their product offering. Yuck!

A pay-to-play trade show with undeserving presenters? Say it ain't so!

Some more rules for Demoers [Techdirt]