Former Seagate chief executive, Al Shugart hosted his own mini-showcase outside the official Comdex exhibition sites for 22 privately held companies, that otherwise would not have been at the show.
Al Shugart (ASI) is a start-up resource company, founded by Shugart in 1998, which focuses on helping entrepreneurs launch new enterprises.
According to Shugart, "We assist entrepreneurial companies with consulting and investing, manage a start-up or early stage venture capital fund and operate as a holding company for implementing ideas."
Among the clients exhibiting at his show included an advanced optical storage systems company, Blue Sky Research; an optical data storage firm, Siros Technologies; a virtual amusement park specialist, StudioFX; a computer personality migration solutions group, Tranxition; and a voice networking developer, vpacket.com.
Digital Square, a PC commerce firm, said it is developing a worldwide network of retail or digital "town squares" that reside on the hard drive of millions of new PCs.
The company's approach integrates proprietary, patent-pending technology and large-scale back end networking with industry-standard licensing systems which allow users to evaluate and purchase software already residing on their new PCs.
Shugart also attracted non clients to exhibit at his show. These included Econgo.com . The company claimed its Free Commerce offering is the first free ecommerce service to integrate the essential components needed for conducting business online.
According to Chris Bond, director of business development at eCongo.com, the ecommerce service can be co-branded by a business wanting to offer free ecommerce to its small business members.
Econgo Free Commerce Builder includes up to 1000 free Web stores which are hosted and managed by eCongo. "ISPs, portals, and financial institutions can build ecommerce centres under a unique domain and share advertising and premium service revenues with eCongo.com," Bond said.
Other non-ASI clients exhibiting at the show included American Environmental Systems, a static micro-contamination control company; removable disk storage maker Castlewood Systems; and embedded imaging integrated circuits designer, Sierra Imaging.
Shugart said the range of technologies included Internet, PC commerce, software and data storage. "Part of the whole effort is to provide resources for small, private companies," Shugart said.
"We have assembled quite a unique crowd here all under one roof. I think we'll do this again next year but it will be bigger. There is something for everyone at this year's show," he continued.
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