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  • Blog Post: BizSpark Startup of the Day on Windows 8: MindSticks

    Oleksandr Tebenko is the CEO and Co-founder of Ukraine-based MindSticks. Name of Windows 8 App: MindSticks. Please click here to download it from the Windows Store . Brief Description of App : MindSticks is an educational app that helps you improve brain skills and have fun. Each...
  • Blog Post: BizSpark Startup of the Day on Windows 8 - ChoreMonster

    Kids would probably love chores, if they were fun. That's the idea behi nd ChoreMonster , a startup out of the Midwest built around a mission to make house work fun for children (and presumably easier for parents). Kids use the ChoreMonster for Windows 8 app to mark chores as completed, earning...
  • Blog Post: BizSpark Startup of the Day on Windows 8 - Orange Tribes

    When we next sought to investigate another great BizSpark team, we turned to Netherlands, and Orange Tribes , a young tech start-up that was founded August 2012. According to founder Maarten-Jan Vermeulen, the company's goal is "creating great, seamless cross-device experiences for both customers and...
  • Blog Post: Featured Startup on Windows 8 - Bodeefit

    Imagine being able to whip out your phone anywhere on the planet and with the help of an app complete any number of exercises that are going to get you into shape. Yes, one of the new apps coming to the Windows 8 store does that. Bodeefit's Windows 8 workout app helps you time and keep track of your...
  • Blog Post: Featured Startup on Windows Phone and Windows 8 - Phorego

    Frank Chiang dives into biology and Greek when he describes his newest startup. Phorego , he says, "originates from the word phoresy (fôr’i-se), which is a term used to describe 'a relationship between two organisms in nature in which one gives the other a ride'; like remoras and sharks,...
  • Blog Post: Featured Startup on Windows 8 - Craftbox

    Our interview with Craftbox, makers of an app that launched in the Windows Store on October 16, 2012, introduces you to the mind behind one of the latest apps that makes full use of Windows 8 and its almost cinema-like presentation on devices, especially the Surface. According to Eduardo Costa, co...
  • Blog Post: Featured BizSpark Startup Building on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 - Data-Arc

    It's pretty amazing where you will find a Microsoft BizSpark startup. With over 75,000 current and alumni companies having gone through the program, we have seen it pop up in nearly every country with a web or mobile infrastructure. Ibtesam Sharif, Founder, Data-Arc, creator of Wordness The...
  • Blog Post: BizSpark Featured Startup on - Verpura GmbH

    Florian Gumpinger, founder of Verpura , wants to deliver SAP to small companies. So, he made his Windows 8 app to do just that. Enter the Verpura Timetracking Application on Windows 8 . According to Florian, who is based in Austria, "It is an integrated ERP/CRM solution with interfaces to Microsoft Office...
  • Blog Post: Featured Startup on Windows 8 - Ademptio

    Face it. You love coding. Or, you hate coding. For those who really do love it, and for those who find that some of their best ideas happen when they are doing other things, wouldn't it be amazing if you could switch on a device, at will, and immediately code to the cloud? Problems solved. You experience...
  • Blog Post: Featured Startup on Windows 8 - WorldWinger Travel and Cruise Alert

    It may be surprising to travelers in the jet age but there is an entire -- big -- population of consumers out there who do not immediately think of getting on a plane when they think of booking their next trip. They think about getting on a boat. Travel portals in most developed markets have focused...
  • Blog Post: BizSpark Featured Startup on Azure, Windows 8 and Windows Phone: Echoboom

    Has the video game genre finally been recognized as a medium for education, without the content having to look like a school book? A Spanish development team creating DogFight Elite believes the time has come for a military adventure game that actually teaches. This interview was conducted for...
  • Blog Post: Featured Startup - Let's Play Please (Now With Video)

    Every entrepreneur finds a problem and then builds a company to fix it. Sometimes the solution is an app that really only fixes a "problem" in an entertaining way. Sometimes the solution actually creates a problem -- like the invention of search creating the difficult problem of finding people you don...
  • Blog Post: Featured Startup on Azure - Corent Technology

    The folks at Corent have an interesting SaaS solution that they have put on Azure. Their solution, which they call SurPaaS™, supports Windows Azure as follows: Any software vendor can now deploy & SaaSify their application in Windows Azure Cloud. Moreover, if an MSP wants to offer...
  • Blog Post: Featured Startup on Windows 8 - MEA Mobile

    Right now, Windows Phone 8 doesn't have Instagram video, but that shouldn't stop you. You can use iSupr8 in Windows 8 , which allows you to a dd some old school to your videos. iSupr8 is a video recorder that grades each pixel based on exposure, the resulting film becomes a unique and retro masterpiece...
  • Blog Post: BizSpark Featured Startup on Windows 8 - PhotoWeaver

    PhotoWeaver does one thing that you don't expect a smartphone app to do -- it takes the photos in all of your drives and feeds (SkyDrive, local drive, Flickr, Facebook) and gives users the ability to "weave their lifetime worth of pictures on their mobile, on the go." Pictures from across social networks...
  • Blog Post: Featured Startup on Windows 8 and Azure - WNM Live

    WNM Live ( you can find the Windows 8 app in the store ) was founded by Brian Hamachek and Robert Gerleman in a Palo Alto garage – just a few blocks from the garage where HP started. Brian, an avid tennis player, decided to build a social network for meeting new people after becoming frustrated...
  • Blog Post: Startup on Windows 8 - 9SLIDES INC

    There is a maxim in startup culture: One must hustle. It would be hard to find anyone in the Microsoft BizSpark program who embodies this hustle like Ruchit Garg, CEO of 9Slides . He seems to be everywhere, and is an active participant in many of the knowledge sharing discussions that go on between community...
  • Blog Post: Featured Startup on Windows 8 - Spotted Zebra

    Spotted Zebra is a one-man independent game company focused on making original games for new platforms. You will notice one thing about Spotted Zebra right away -- that name. What is a Spotted Zebra? Clearly, the founder of this company is someone who enjoys the playfulness of language, and playfulness...
  • Blog Post: BizSpark Startup of the Day on Windows 8 - Mangatar

    For today's featured startup, we go to Italy. Mangatar. The Mangatar Project took shape in 2011, driven by the experiences the five founders gained in the field of digital entertainment. In March 2012, Mangatar became an s.r.l. company and some months later launched its first game, “ Mangatar...
  • Blog Post: Featured Startup on Azure and Windows 8 - Trustev

    If you are like my parents -- in their early sixties and living in a suburban area of a large Nortwestern US state -- you refuse to shop online because you don't have enough confidence in e-commerce. It's a sad fact that a significant percentage of the population of people who could benefit from shopping...
  • Blog Post: BizSpark Featured Startup on Windows 8 - Dovetail Systems, Inc.

    Dovetail Systems, Inc. is founded by one of the most experienced veterans in the hospitality technology industry. According to founder Bill Draper, " We believe the time is right for a new generation of products based around an easy-to-use pleasurable user experience at more affordable prices. " So...