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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: "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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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 —...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...