Good Ratcliffe post on Demo Fever

Mitch R. blogs about preparing for BuzzLogic’s debut at Demo. The ringleader of Demo, Chris Shipley, used to sit on the other side of the cubicle wall from me at PC Week and we became very good pals as a result of mutually overheard conversations. Now she’s the doyenne of the start up and Mitch is sweating the six-minutes his baby gets in front of a very discerning crowd. Jim Forbes, former ringleader of Demo Mobile, and yet another PC Week alum, blogs on his tips for making it through.

Mitch writes:

“Preparing to present at DEMO is a psychological marathon. You get six minutes, including all the time you have to get up onto the stage after Chris Shipley introduces you, getting your product to do its dance and explaining it to the audience, as well as gracefully wrapping up the presentation. Elevator pitches are chimp work by comparison, because you can expect an interruption, to have the pitch turn into a conversation, even for a moment. But at DEMO you get your shot, then it’s over.”

Good to see BuzzLogic get some buzz from Dan Farber and elsewhere. In fact, I should start a track on their buzz and influence maps right now …

Tokyo Toilet Humor

Beware of toilets with “STOP” switches. Stop what? This baby turns on a fan when you sit on it — an alternative to the courtesy flush — and looks like it has functions that I for one, do not intend to explore. I am dying to know what the difference between a “shower” and a “bidet” is.

Ate sushi next door to the hotel with my buddy Ajit. It was one of those mechanized conveyor belt places that sends an infinite loop of fish on rice around and around. Stack the plates and get charged by the color of their rim. Perhaps, if the uni turns out to be bad, I will get to explore the multifunction toilet later on.
I have jet lag bordering on dementia at present. Boston to London to Tokyo without a bed is nasty. JAL seats turned into quasi-beds (“quasi” because they were exactly two inches too short of me) but a Restoril took care of that in now time. Now it is time to stop dicking around with Powerpoint and fretting over to-dos happening 12 hours away and crash.