Many venture-capital (VC) firms -- in New York and Silicon Valley, especially -- specialize in backing tech startups. Sometimes these firms will come in to talk to you if you invite them. Or check the VC websites regularly and see which startups they're working with. Likewise, tech incubators at universities and other locations around the country are good sources.
Fox's Cindy McKenzie said she goes to legal-oriented trade shows in addition to the traditional computer-oriented ones; her company uses a lot of legal software and she sometimes finds vendor partners there.
Back at DEMO, some of the other startups strutting their stuff:
- Evtron Cell: High-density storage platform that fits 120 hard disk drives into a 7-inch space -- a standard 4U server slot -- with air cooling. Increases storage capacity in data centers while reducing cooling and power costs.
- Traffic powered pumps, compressors and crashers: Momentum-powered systems to provide power off the grid.
- Compute Qloud and Storage Qloud: Cloud services powered by renewable energy.
- Eco-Green Data Safe: A disaster-proof safe that holds all standard rack-mounted computer equipment -- protects servers and reduces energy via liquid cooling.
- Nubefy: An IT service management platform that facilitates building IaaS (infrastructure in the cloud).
- Omnicloud: Deploy, run and scale apps directly from your desktop. For developers of all levels.
- Trinity Cloud Procurement and Bidding: A procurement and bidding platform for supplier discovery and product management.
Other types of business tools