Don’t you just hate it when your live demo doesn’t work, so you try it again, and once again it doesn’t work. That just happened a few minutes ago at the Google I/O Conference in front of a huge crowd during the keynote address. Google was attempting to show-off some of the cool new multi-player gaming features they announced today and with the demo up and ready to go, things didn’t go quite according to plan.
After trying it a second time they decided to go for a third try but after a third fail they decided to call it off with the moderator blaming the issue on challenging networking issues at the Moscone Center. While the moderator wanted to keep going and even suggested that they even show one player mode, they decided to scrap the demo and move on. Hey, it happens, and companies like Microsoft have definitely experienced some of the most embarrassing demo fails.
For all the startup founders reading this hopefully this gives you a bit of solace next time you have a demo fail in front of a few hundred people. Just know that tech giants like Google have the same problems, it’s all part of life and what’s important is how well you do when things don’t go according to plan.