Last night I stumbled across ABC’s new “American Inventor,” a show that has inventors competing for funding, and I had a sense of deja vu.
I was a judge in a similar show last week in Seattle, the MIT Enterprise Forum’s Startup Demo 2007. Six local entrepreneurs gave demos of their inventions and were judged on the quality of their presentation.
Ballpark Classics, a company making a tabletop baseball game, just barely eked out online music remixing and sharing service JamGlue.
Just as impressive as the presenters was the turnout. I didn’t count heads but the One Union Square boardroom was filled to capacity with people interested in the demos.
Unlike the ABC show, MIT’s event didn’t have celebrities or cash awards. But it also wasn’t larded with gagging sentimentality.
Organizers said they’ll probably have another Startup Demo in Seattle later this year. Maybe I’ll bring a video camera.