OpenACircle.com Wins "Best in Show" at DEMOfall 08 Over 72 Other Products

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OpenACircle.com, a Dallas-based company that offers a free online collaboration environment with robust web conferencing, took "Best in Show" at the recent influential DEMOfall 08 show in San Diego, capturing more than 2,600 of the 10,000+ total votes cast in a field of 72 companies.

OAC winning best in show at DEMO not only shows the thought and work that goes into making something look easy, but it also shows how popular and needed collaboration technologies are today

OpenACircle.com, a Dallas-based company that offers a free online collaboration environment with robust web conferencing, took "Best in Show" at the recent influential DEMOfall 08 show in San Diego, capturing more than 2,600 of the 10,000+ total votes cast in a field of 72 companies.

OpenACircle (OAC) provides free, permanent online meeting and collaboration spaces called "circles." Circle members can make live presentations, participate in web conferencing (audio or video), share documents and more within the circles they create.

DEMO's executive producer, Chris Shipley, noted in her "DEMO Says" assessment of the product that "this innovative Texas company has thrown everything but the kitchen sink into its web conferencing solution - and it all works." At DEMOfall 08, OpenACircle.com presented its full working Beta version, after having been invited as a presenter based on its earlier Alpha version. The Beta was given an intuitive new user interface as well as several significant new features.

DEMO is the premier showcase for up-and-coming companies to introduce their products before an influential audience of venture capitalists, industry analysts and media. Each company is given just six minutes to make their case on stage before a crowd of 800 people. Videos of the presentations are then posted on the DEMO website, allowing votes to be cast for "Best in Show." Presentation videos were watched more than 200,000 times in the two weeks following the event, and over 10,000 votes were cast.

In his "Forward Thinking" column, industry veteran Michael J. Miller (editor-in-chief at PC Magazine from 1991-2005) noted, "OpenACircle.com…makes it simple to create a 'circle' and upload information, and to manage multiple circles for different projects you may be working on. In some ways, it looks like a Web-based version of SharePoint, or products like eRoom or Google Wiki, but with some extra features, such as multipoint videoconferencing and desktop sharing. This looks like a very nice environment for collaboration."

OpenACircle lets mobile professionals work together using a single, easy-to-use product combining a variety of collaboration tools including web conferencing that previously could be costly and difficult to use. At the click of a button, users can launch live presentations and video or audio conferences with up to fifty participants. The permanent "circles" serve as the "headquarters" and meeting place for any team, group or project. And, it's all free!

"OAC winning best in show at DEMO not only shows the thought and work that goes into making something look easy, but it also shows how popular and needed collaboration technologies are today," stated David Coleman, Managing Director, Collaborative Strategies.

About OpenACircle.com:
OpenACircle.com is an online collaboration company targeting mobile professionals in small to medium-sized businesses. The company has developed a permanent, free, online collaborative environment built around "circles" that allow both real-time and asynchronous communications, including web conferencing (audio and video), desktop presentation sharing, file sharing and storage, chat and blogs. Visit http://www.openacircle.com today, and join the free Beta for a full working version.

For more information on OpenACircle.com, please contact: John Rizzuti at john @ rizzuti.com, 214-476-1324 and/or Kenni Driver at kennid@airmail.net, 972-978-6455 and/or OAC CEO Kyle Nelson at kyle @ openacircle.com, 214-912-4139. To see what clinched the "Best in Show" award, view the six-minute presentation from DEMOfall 08.

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