Elite Technology Networking Company Retools Focus

SAN MATEO, CA. – MAY 23, 2000 – IDG Executive Forums, previously known as IDG Conference Management Company, today announced its new name and an enhanced commitment to its conferences and branded products. IDG Executive Forums has expanded its expertise beyond the world-renowned conferences to both online and print resources that provide intelligent insight into tomorrow’s technologies. This shift to a greater offering of information products allows IDG Executive Forums to better meet the needs of its audience of industry leaders, who are required to stay ahead of the technologic curve and on top of the trends.

IDG Executive Forums hosts the world-renowned Agenda®, Demo®, DemoMobile® and Vortex® conferences, which bring together the best and the brightest of the technology industry to share ideas, debate issues, and form partnerships. In addition, IDG Executive Forums publishes the DemoLetter® newsletter and hosts the Vortex.Net® online community.

Through its premier offering of executive conferences, and focused information resources, IDG Executive Forums provides insight, opinions, information and networking opportunities for the industry elite to connect with the people, products and ideas that are critical to business and technology development. Industry luminaries Jim Forbes, Bob Metcalfe, Chris Shipley and John Gallant provide the vision behind IDG Executive Forums’ Agenda, Demo and Vortex products.

Each IDG Executive Forums offering focuses on a unique and important area of the technology marketplace. Agenda zeros in on the technology industry’s direction for the upcoming year. The Demo product line provides a first hand look at the newest and most innovative products and technologies entering the market and the people who developed them. Vortex is focused on the convergence of Internet, telephone and television networking technologies.

About the Agenda Conference

Founded in 1987, Agenda is an annual conference at which senior computer industry executives gather with entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, investment analysts, government policy makers, and press, to set the industry's agenda for the following year. With Executive producer, Bob Metcalfe, Agenda 2001 will be held October 14-18, 2000 in Scottsdale, Arizona and will again deliver a compelling and stimulating program which conference attendees have come to expect. Attendance is by invitation only, and is capped at approximately 400 attendees. For more information, visit

About Demo

The annual Demo and DemoMobile conferences focus on emerging technologies and new products, which are hand-selected by executive producers Chris Shipley and Jim Forbes from across the spectrum of the personal technology marketplace. Top executives from the leading hardware and software technology companies, venture capitalists, journalists from key industry publications and industry analysts attend the Demo and DemoMobile conferences to preview the most promising products and technologies for the coming year. Demo is held in February each year and features approximately 80 new companies, products and technologies. For more information, visit DemoMobile 2000 will be held at the Ritz-Carlton, Huntington Hotel & Spa, September 10-12, 2000. For more information, visit

The Demo community also benefits from the DemoLetter™ and DemoLetter Weekly Edition™ newsletters. Designed to reach the people who are creating companies, building products and launching new ideas, DemoLetter provides smart insight and analysis of entrepreneurial business issues.

About Vortex

Vortex products confront the business issues arising from the convergence of the Internet, telephone and television networking technologies. The highest aim of Vortex is to assist in forming the new community of those who will be leading this convergence.

Vortex.Net, the online resource for news, information and ideas about the converging network technologies, is designed to provide a critical information exchange for the Vortex community. (For more information on Vortex.Net, please see release issued today, “IDG Executive Forums Introduces Information Portal.”) The Vortex conference is by invitation only, for senior industry executives, government policy makers, securities analysts, and press. Hosted by executive producers Bob Metcalfe and John Gallant, Vortex 2000 will be held May 23-26, 2000 in Laguna Niguel, California. For more information, visit

About IDG Executive Forums

IDG Executive Forums is an information resource company dedicated to serving executives in the technology marketplace. The company provides the industry analysis, information, insights and strategic networking opportunities its customers need to excel in today’s fastest-paced global marketplace. Most widely known for producing the industry's premiere executive conferences and newsletters, the company's products include Agenda, Demo, DemoMobile, Vortex, Demo Executive Roundtable®, DemoLetter, and Vortex.Net. IDG Executive Forums is a subsidiary of International Data Group. More information can be found at

About IDG

IDG is the world's leading IT media, research and exposition company. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers and 4,000 book titles and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through (, which comprises more than 270 targeted Web sites in 70 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related expositions worldwide, and provides IT market analysis through 50 offices in 43 countries worldwide. Company information is available at


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