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Former CEO of Sun Microsystems and Chairman of Wayin to Speak at DEMOgala in October

Thursday, July 12, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Catharine Lurie
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Scott McNealy to Discuss Colorado’s Innovation and Technology 

DENVER – July 12, 2012 –Scott McNealy, former chairman/CEO of Sun Microsystems and one of the early pioneers of open sourced computing including Java and distributive networked environments, which today in essence we refer to as the Cloud, will be Colorado Technology Association’s (CTA) keynote at their 8th Annual DEMOgala.

McNealy, who launched the phrase "The Network is the Computer,” while he was CEO at Sun Microsystems, a phrase now trademarked by Oracle, is currently the Chairman and investor at Wayin, a Denver-based enterprise social media company.

"Colorado entrepreneurs are making a dynamic name for themselves in the world of technology and innovation,” said McNealy. "I have been watching Colorado grow as a key player in this area and know from personal experience with my latest venture, Wayin, that this state is a great place to start a business.”

McNealy, who is sought after nationally to talk on the subject of technology innovation will discuss why entrepreneurs are choosing Colorado as the place to build and grow their businesses. Colorado’s technology community will benefit from hearing Scott’s insights.

DEMOgala provides selected start-ups the opportunity to demonstrate their technology solutions to an audience of more than a thousand highly influential participants, including funders, CEO’s and policy makers. This platform has helped start-up companies receive funding as a result of their demos and make connections.

DEMOgala is an anchor event within an entire week of activities surrounding Startup Denver that will be kicked-off by Denver Mayor Michael Hancock on October 22nd.  At DEMOgala, select startups will demo their products for a chance to win $25,000.

Wayin, McNealy’s latest entrepreneurial effort, located in downtown Denver, is a demonstration of his commitment to Colorado. Wayin has received $20.4 million in funding to date, and has 34 employees. Consumers can utilize Wayin on their mobile devices and web to share their opinions. Companies can use Wayin internally to gather sentiments from employees and externally from customers on social media platforms, like Facebook and Twitter. Wayin also has a product, TwitPolls, an interactive polling service that allows Twitter participants to ask questions of their followers and receive tallied results in real-time. As soon as Wayin and TwitPolls users post content, they will receive an instant pulse of other people's sentiments. 

CTA will be using Wayin at DEMOgala to amplify the dialog among participants, presenters and exhibitors. 

Additionally, the annual Apex Awards will be hosted by CTA on Oct 24.  

Aimee Sporer, former CBS4 anchorwoman, will be the M.C. for the two day event along with Steve Foster, CTA President & CEO.



When: Oct. 25, 2012

Time: 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Where: Downtown Denver Sheraton


Apex Awards

When: Oct. 24, 2012

Time:  5:30 p.m. – 9:00p.m.

Where: Downtown Denver Sheraton

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