BizSpark Archives

  • Should Microsoft Invest in Startups

    Dan’l Lewin, Corporate Vice President, Strategic and Emerging Business, Microsoft Corporation That all depends on what “invest” means. We do invest. We don’t invest. Which is it? Believe it or not, it does depend...
  • Innovation vs. Invention

    Dan’l Lewin, Corporate Vice President, Strategic and Emerging Business, Microsoft Corporation So okay, Microsoft didn't invent the graphical user interface or the Web browser; but then again, Amazon didn't invent retailing and eBay didn't...
  • Checked My List Twice

    Dan’l Lewin, Corporate Vice President, Strategic and Emerging Business, Microsoft Corporation The coolest companies under the tree. Going into the holidays, on the heels of two other columns on Microsoft's investment in startups and...
  • 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 —...
  • Travels With Dan'l, Part II

    Dan’l Lewin, Corporate Vice President, Strategic and Emerging Business, Microsoft Corporation From innovation in Latin America to Europe. In this column, I cover my travels to Israel, France and the UK. In the next column I’ll cover...
  • 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...
  • The User Experience Matters

    Dan’l Lewin, Corporate Vice President, Strategic and Emerging Business, Microsoft Corporation Want users to stick around? Or are they just browsing? It’s all about the user today. Businesses will compete and win when they can present...
  • 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...
  • Microsoft, ready to Deal

    Dan’l Lewin, Corporate Vice President, Strategic and Emerging Business, Microsoft Corporation Courting Startups: Our Global Strategy Should we invest in startups? That was the question I posed at the beginning of this column series in...
  • Microsoft the Best Platform for SaaS?

    Dan’l Lewin, Corporate Vice President, Strategic and Emerging Business, Microsoft Corporation The Answer May Surprise You By now, everyone knows that Microsoft server technologies run at scale. Some of the world’s largest SAP implementations...
  • 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...
  • Gaming -- The Next Generation Moves On

    Dan’l Lewin, Corporate Vice President, Strategic and Emerging Business, Microsoft Corporation Social and Connected Entertainment – Online and On-Demand Got game? Millions do. Gaming is clearly one of the trend stories of the decade...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • The Facts on MS Interoperability

    Dan’l Lewin, Corporate Vice President, Strategic and Emerging Business, Microsoft Corporation Contrary to what Bruce Chizen, Adobe CEO, has said about our lack of intention to maintain a cross-platform solution, we have historically demonstrated...
  • 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...
  • BrightSpot Media: a better way to target advertising?

    By Cliff Reeves I'm always fascinated by businesses that break old paradigms, and I was introduced to BrightSpot by someone I met by chance at a party on Lake Washington last month. BrightSpot media attempts to increase the value of internet advertising...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Microsoft Israel VC Summit -- VC and Innovation -- Oct 17th 2007

    By Cliff Reeves I made my first trip to Israel the week of Oct 15th, and spoke at the VC Summit on the morning of the17th. The event was coordinated and planned by my colleague, Barak Shein . The morning session was limited to VCs and then opened...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Microsoft Bets on Global IPTV

    Dan’l Lewin, Corporate Vice President, Strategic and Emerging Business, Microsoft Corporation This November I gave a keynote address at the NewTeeVee conference in San Francisco. Later I chatted with Andy Plesser, founder and CEO of Beet.tv,...
  • Collaboration Platform Jobs Comparisons: from UK IT Jobs Watch

    By Cliff Reeves An update on earlier posts comparing jobs for the two leading enterprise collaboration platforms: IBM's Notes, Domino and Workplace products vs Microsoft's Sharepoint and Exchange. Comments and caveats: It's only one country...