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Making the World Happy with I Can Has Cheezburger?
By Alpa Agarwal It began with a single LOLcat photo on I Can Has Cheezburger?, a site originally created by Eric Nakagawa and Kari Unebasami, and has grown to a network of over 40 humor blogs including such popular sites as I Has A Hotdog, FAIL Blog, GraphJam, There I Fixed It, Failbooking, Chatroulette...
13 Mar 2010
Loopt Keeps Friends in the Loop
By Alpa Agarwal In the spring of 2005, Sam Altman, a sophomore computer science major at Stanford, had an epiphany as he walked out of class. Turning to his friends, classmates, and eventual co-founders Alok Deshpande and Nick Sivo, Sam asked, “Wouldn't it be great if I could open my mobile...
11 Mar 2010
Join us for lots of cool events at SXSW & connect with innovative BizSpark startups!
By Alpa Agarwal SXSW is an exciting opportunity for you to meet the members of the Microsoft BizSpark team and to connect with the founders of several innovative BizSpark startups. We’ve got lots of fun BizSpark activities at SXSW lined up for you. Come & connect with innovative...
9 Mar 2010
Calinda’s Coding Marathon at Microsoft SharePoint 2010 SocialFest (guest post by Alex Mermod)
The Microsoft SharePoint 2010 SocialFest was a very code-intensive week for the Calinda software development team. We arrived at Microsoft’s Silicon Valley campus at 8AM, coded non-stop until 10PM, just to drive back to the hotel and resume coding at the hotel into early morning. We got only 3...
8 Feb 2010
Microsoft Sharepoint 2010 SocialFest – Ed Buchholz of Confer is the quintessential startup story
By Alpa Agarwal icrosoft Sharepoint 2010 SocialFest, an event led by the Emerging Business Team of Microsoft in Silicon Valley, will feature seven startups who are building social-oriented applications on Microsoft Sharepoint 2010 . Ed Buchholz, co-founder and president of Confer believes in...
29 Jan 2010
Microsoft SharePoint 2010 SocialFest - Tim Uy and Jim Hsia share how Loqu8 Prelude Empowers Users with Just-in-Time, Contextual Information
Microsoft SharePoint 2010 SocialFest , an event led by the Emerging Business Team of Microsoft in Silicon Valley, will feature seven startups who are building social-oriented applications on Microsoft Sharepoint 2010 . Tim Uy and Jim Hsia’s eyes light up when they talk about their concept of...
29 Jan 2010
Just a flesh wound …
By Cliff Reeves The debate over IBM vs Microsoft collaboration market share flared up again. IBM issued a press release ahead of Lotusphere that claims significant market share gains for Notes and Domino. Early versions of the press release also included this statement: "While marketshare estimates...
20 Jan 2009
Will Sharepoint Suffer the Same Fate as Lotus Notes?
By Cliff Reeves There was a thought-provoking and balanced post on this subject on ChannelWeb Tuesday. It makes the point that Sharepoint's growth and adoption mirrors that of Lotus Notes in the nineties. Like Notes, Sharepoint provides an easily-accessible application platform, and that accessibility...
3 Apr 2008
A good post spoiled ...
By Cliff Reeves The ISO vote on OOXML closes at midnight CET tonight. It's been a divisive topic , and while browsing for the last-minute volleys on the subject, I happened on this debate . It is mostly a one-sided set of rants about how much IBM will or won't support OOXML and what"support" really...
29 Mar 2008
"Spite as a Business Strategy"
By Cliff Reeves Interesting article on the OOXML saga on Internet.com yesterday, but the piece that caught my eye was this one from Patrick Durusau, who is chairperson of the technical committee advising the U.S. governing board. Interestingly, Durusau may be an ODF backer, but he's pragmatic...
12 Mar 2008
Vator.tv Interview: How Startups Can Work With Microsoft
Dan’l Lewin, Corporate Vice President, Strategic and Emerging Business, Microsoft Corporation In late November, I spoke to John Shinal at Vator.tv about the Microsoft Startup Accelerator Program and other ways that the Emerging Business Team can help a startup partner with Microsoft. The full...
31 Jan 2008
IBM 4Q 2007 Financials: Software
By Cliff Reeves IBM Announced 10% revenue growth in the 4th quarter of 20007. 6% of the growth came from currency fluctuations (as the value of overseas income rose in dollar terms due to the dollar's decline). In other words, 4% is a better measure of business growth. Software revenues grew 12...
18 Jan 2008
Outshouts and the changing face of, well, everything …
By Cliff Reeves Two friends of mine (Michelle and John) recently launched a new service called Outshouts . While it’s early days yet (the site’s only been up a couple of weeks), it shows a lot of interesting potential. Outshouts lets you record a voice message, combine it with a song...
30 Dec 2007
Technology Benefiting Humanity
Dan’l Lewin, Corporate Vice President, Strategic and Emerging Business, Microsoft Corporation On Wednesday, November 7th, The Tech Museum Awards honored the use of technology to improve the quality of life for people around the globe. The gala, attended by over 1500 global technology leaders...
12 Nov 2007
Giga Om Interview
Dan’l Lewin, Corporate Vice President, Strategic and Emerging Business, Microsoft Corporation In October, I was interviewed by Om Malik and Joyce Kim about my role in Silicon Valley and how Microsoft works with startups. Some highlights from our discussion, with questions and my comments...
11 Nov 2007
Sharepoint Partner Ecosystem
By Cliff Reeves A recent request from a startup company looking for Sharepoint partners reminded me of a site that I had meant to blog about some time ago, and just forgot. Sharepoint, like any platform, is intimately associated with partners of all kinds, who both contribute to and benefit from...
30 Oct 2007
Lots and lots of cool Israeli companies. Part 5 -- Pitango companies: Redbend, WeFi and Axis Mobile
By Cliff Reeves Redbend http://www.redbend.com/ … Redbend provides tools for remote management of mobile software on mass market handsets, specializing in firmware: FOTA (firmware over the air). This is a highly specialized and demanding area due to stringent requirements for the user experience...
30 Oct 2007
Lots and lots of cool Israeli companies.
By Cliff Reeves Starhome http://www.starhome.com/ … Starhome is a mature (established late 1999) and very-well funded firm with over 120 MNO customers worldwide., and a very close relationship with Vodaphone. They are attempting to bridge the divides between mobile networks and between mobile...
28 Oct 2007
Microsoft Seeks Closer Ties with Silicon Valley and Startups
Dan’l Lewin, Corporate Vice President, Strategic and Emerging Business, Microsoft Corporation On August 15, 2007, I was interviewed by Tom Foremski, publisher of Silicon Valley Watcher —Reporting on the business and culture of Silicon Valley. The podcast and video are posted on PodTech...
14 Sep 2007
VCs Converge on ‘Convergence' at Microsoft Silicon Valley
Dan’l Lewin, Corporate Vice President, Strategic and Emerging Business, Microsoft Corporation Talk, Debate, Collaborate — VCs Get Down to the Business of Startups Just last week, approximately 200 venture capitalists from around the world converged on our Silicon Valley campus in...
20 Mar 2007
Microsoft on China: Controlled Capitalism at 200 Miles an Hour
Dan’l Lewin, Corporate Vice President, Strategic and Emerging Business, Microsoft Corporation Will invention and genius repeat themselves? China is a big, big market. We know it, they know it, everyone knows it. It’s an accelerating planned economy trying desperately to stay in control...
12 Feb 2007
Making Startup Magic
Dan’l Lewin, Corporate Vice President, Strategic and Emerging Business, Microsoft Corporation How One Thing Leads to Another One thing leads to another. Those are actually lyrics from a popular song in the '80s: “you told me something wrong, I know I listen too long, but then...
2 Nov 2006
Is India at the Tipping Point?
Dan’l Lewin, Corporate Vice President, Strategic and Emerging Business, Microsoft Corporation The move India must make—from renting IQ to creating its own IP, and servicing clients overseas to leveraging technology to improve its own large-scale societal problems. Mention India...
18 May 2006
Travels with Dan’l, Part III
Dan’l Lewin, Corporate Vice President, Strategic and Emerging Business, Microsoft Corporation The long view on global software economies... innovation and being a catalyst for change From South America and Mexico to innovation in Israel, France and the UK, I now take you on my travels...
13 Mar 2006
Travels with Dan'l Part 1
Dan’l Lewin, Corporate Vice President, Strategic and Emerging Business, Microsoft Corporation The Perception and Reality of Innovation Abroad I was drinking a Maccabee and snacking on olives — rather than Pinot and crostini — but it felt very much like Silicon Valley —...
7 Feb 2006
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