Four Seattle Companies Head for Demo 2001

Update: Managing Editor Sandra Helsel is on-the-scene at the event. We will be turning to her later on for a special update on the Seattle Four.

February 9, 2001: has learned that four local companies have been selected to exhibit at DEMO 2001, a prestigious event that begins next week in Phoenix, Arizona.

Produced by Chris Shipley and Jim Forbes, the event will be taking place at the Pointe Hilton, and will give companies a chance to unveil never-before-seen products and services.

In attendance will be a select group of business development executives, information technology executives, venture capitalists, Journalists and Fortune 500 company representatives.

The Seattle area companies that were invited to present at DEMO 2001 are: Action Engine, Microsoft, Opendesign and XpenseWise.

The four companies were selected from a pool of 900 nation-wide contenders, they will be part of a group of 76 companies.

According to Shipley it was the Seattle companies’ great technology that caught her attention. “The engineering and business talent pool in Seattle is significant and that’s born out in these companies and their products,” says Shipley.

For Redmond-based Action Engine, the announcement that they will be taking part in the event came as a double surprise. They have also been chosen to be one of 35 companies to present a live demo on stage.

According to Action Engine’s VP of Engineering Christiano Pierry, this couldn’t have been a better way to mark the company’s one year anniversary. “We have been working very hard on developing our product over the past year,” says Pierry.

Action Engine has developed a unique approach for completing m-commerce transactions. Its service application e-sistant executes transactions over wireless and wired devices and then manages those transactions over time. It works on personal digital assistants, smart cell phones, and personal computers

According to Pierry he and his team are currently running through some final rehearsals for the big presentation. However, considering that Pierry was a recipient of Microsoft’s esteemed annual achievement award when he worked for the company in the Windows Media unit, it seems like Pierry will do just fine.

However, Shipley does offer some advice for all participating companies. “The best pitch? The one that clearly states the value proposition, then backs it up with an awesome demonstration”.

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