The news is spreading today on Chris Shipley's departure from the IDG DEMO conference. Count me in as someone with great admiration for Chris' work on and off the DEMO stage - she brings intelligence, class, and thoughtful analysis to what can often be a snarky business. The DEMO baton is being handed to Matt Marshall of VentureBeat - someone else that I have a great deal of respect for. Since there's to be a change, Matt is a fabulous choice for the role. He'll bring a fresh, interesting set of opinions as he carries on the constructive culture of DEMO.
There's been a lot of fuss about DEMO vs. TechCrunch. So just to chime in on the froth: They're different conferences, folks...different platforms, different businesses launching, different audiences, different media, and most importantly, different strategic/tactical objectives in the minds of the demonstrators.
Matt and Chris, good luck to both of you!