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Nathan Gold founded The Demo Coach in 2000. He has given 14,000 software and hardware product demos during his career. He has worked with small and large companies—such as Bill.com, Education.com, U3, SanDisk, Symbol Technologies, Nokia, and IBM—on how to deliver more compelling and memorable demos.

Nathan was born in the late 1950s. Growing up, his favorite show was Star Trek and was mesmerized by the space ships, phasers, tricorders, universal translators, and especially, the communicators. That program started his love for technology.

In high school, Nathan excelled at computers. He finished a 14-week programming course in the first three weeks of class. The teachers were impressed and sent him upstairs to work with the school's IBM mainframes.

Nathan began teaching computer programming in the high school adult education program. He worked with students three times his age, but he loved the interaction with adults and holding the chalk.

He went on to SUNY Stony Brook, where he majored in Computer Science. There, the Computer Science Department made him a teaching assistant, and he helped students with all sorts of computer issues.

Right out of college, Nathan designed and delivered mainframe computer programming classes at National Westminster Bank. However, he had a dream to live by the beach in California and travel the world while working for a high tech company. That dream was not coming true on Long Island.

On Labor Day 1980, he packed everything he owned into his beat up Oldsmobile and left for California. Five days later, he had four job interviews in Los Angeles and three in San Diego. Nathan chose a small software company in San Diego named ISSCO Graphics, where he spent seven years traveling around the world training their customers. Nathan was always the go-to-guy for all high-level executive sales briefings, trade shows, press issues, and analysts' product demo needs.

In early 1990, Nathan fell in love with pen computers and mobile computing. He spent over 10 years working with people all over the world, evangelizing technology such as the Palm Pilot. During this time, he started helping other people with their product demos. And he did it as a favor.

In September 2000, Nathan started The Demo Coach because he believed he could help other people learn to give more compelling and memorable demos. Since then, he has coached companies like Cisco Systems, SanDisk Corporation, Symbol Technologies, Extensity, Logica PLC, Education.com, Bill.com, U3, Nokia, and IBM.

Nathan is a winner of the distinguished DEMOgod Award, given to him at DEMOmobile 2000 for being “A one man walking communications store with the ability to deliver an incredibly well-timed demonstration.” And at DEMOfall 2005, he won another DEMOgod Award for his demo of U3.

Interests

Wake boarding, Team kite flying, Home remodeling.