Whew. That's over. That was some crazy Microsoft Accelerator for Kinect Business that just went down last week. Here's a review of it, if you have not seen anything about the eleven companies that demo'd their work at the Demo Day on Friday.
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Microsoft helps businesses get into the funding stream with Kinect Accelerator
Kinect engineers compete for funding and attention at the Microsoft Accelerator Demo Day (BBC)
Video footage of demo day from Microsoft
Kinect Demo Day Offers Lots of Options for VCs
Microsoft Accelerator for Kinect: Meet the Companies
Video coverage of Microsoft Accelerator for Kinect startup FreakNGenius (warning, loud blaring ad roll footage first)
What Kinect means to me -- a look at the poetry of machines
How Jintronix went from complicated to Kinect in their search for a stereoscopic solution
You're probably going to be at work for most of the Olympics, so how are you going to watch the Sychronized Swimming, or without ducking into the break room every fifteen minutes to get your 4X400 hurdles fix?
One of our BizSpark members, Intelli-Focus, has come out with an app called the OPlanner, and it makes the Olympic Games the Applympic Games (groan).
With OPlanner you can discreetly watch streaming Olympic footage from your desk while you are filling out those TPS reports, or coming in on Saturday at around 10:30. The app is listed in the top ten in the sports category at the iTunes app store.
Creative Commons License, courtesy of Paul Gaborit
Here's Bob Wall, CEO of Intelli-Focus, worked with 2 others to build this app last week to schedule the Olympics. You can find it at the iTunes app store, here.
The backend is using RESTful API's on Windows Azure and SQL Azure for the database, and the front-end is hands-down more beautiful and useful than any other apps out there..
Sitting in your office? Look around. Notice anything weird? That guy chewing on brains? A whole host of new gamification companies are trying to zap zombies at the office, so that project managers can focus more on productivity and less on brainsssss.
This blog post was written by Brian Gorbett, Developer Evangelist at Microsoft.
According to a recent study from the American Society for Training and Development, most of your co-workers are zombies.
You know these employees. These are the employees that are considered “Actively Disengaged.” Last year they cost businesses an estimated $328 billion in lost productivity. A bunch of new startups are jumping on this opportunity, trying to harness lost chances at work by building badges and tokens and unlock features into the enterprise in ways that tug at the emotions and feed the eagerness of the ego.
The enterprise is showing more and more of a consumer side. Gartner Group is recommending that every CIO investigate the use of gamification. They also say that over 70% of Global 2000 organizations will deploy at least one gamified business application within the next two years. Major brands like Delta, Nike, American Express and thousands are already using gamification as the key to unlocking the secrets of employee engagement.
Gamification is the application of game mechanics into non-gaming software. Specifically, this is software that uses a combination of virtual points, leaderboards, badges, and rewards that are tied to productivity-producing or otherwise desirable behaviors in employees. For employers who see hours of work productivity drained by people playing Farmville on work computers, this makes a lot of sense.
The people building this software – and some consulting companies – are calling this Business Gamification, to differentiate it from plain old gamification. And they think it can transform corporate culture by increasing worker productivity, engagement and retention simply by adding an emotional layer to our day-to-day business software.
We’re not talking about playing Angry Birds at work. We’re talking about creating or enhancing existing business systems with a social gaming layer. When done properly this fosters teamwork by encouraging brief frequent updates, worker transparency and acknowledging accomplishments. But be careful. It’s not about flipping a switch and adding badges where there used to be the tough slog of the performance review.
“There is a lot that can go wrong, but when a company gets it right there is a tangible change in the culture and a perceptible buzz in the office.” – said Mike Beaty, CEO of RedCritter. The company – also a Microsoft partner – has seen over 35,000 downloads of its gamified enterprise software in six months.
“It’s important that companies start with proven, ready-to-deploy gamification packages initially before committing to long term consulting and custom code for gamification deployments. One-offs with untested game mechanics can open a Pandora’s box of unexpected results,” says Beaty.
RedCritter is one of the earliest pioneers in the business gamification space and its RedCritter Tracker cloud service has demonstrated the power of game mechanics in business. While those who haven’t tried gamified software in the workplace sometimes dismiss concepts such as virtual badges as frivolous, RedCritter has revealed these types of game mechanics to deliver business benefits on many levels.
RedCritter Tracker - Agile Gamification from Mike Beaty on Vimeo.
For example, it’s proven that earning badges for completing difficult tasks is an effective way to acknowledge accomplishments. Those employees using RedCritter proudly display their badges on their social or inter-office profiles as a status symbol. In addition, HR and Project Managers are discovering that properly implemented badges actually paint a “visual map” of each employee’s work-style, preferences, skills and behavior.
They visually capture intangible qualities of a person. In the past, this type of incredibly valuable information has been hard to identify or utilize. But with RedCritter Tracker, managers use these visual maps when choosing cohesive team members for a project or for broader ascension planning. Without this management often can’t see the nuances that make a great team.
RedCritter is slated to deliver pre-built cloud-based gamification solutions for every area of business. Their goal is no less than to increase every employee’s productivity, engagement and to actually make work fun. We’ll be watching for the transformation as the entire business software industry sits on the verge of a revolution in productivity.
Here is a simple Q&A about the just announced Bing Fund. We are providing these answers for you to help keep you informed.
Bing Fund is an angel incubator founded by entrepreneurs, sponsored by Bing, and backed by the experience, expertise, and resources of Microsoft.
Bing Fund is an angel investor and incubator, backed by Microsoft, that accepts startups with a working prototype and a plan into our program on an ongoing basis. We look forward to partnering with accelerators to find candidates for Bing Fund from among their graduates, and we also want to hear from repeat entrepreneurs.
We have tremendous respect for the talent, ingenuity, and passion of entrepreneurs. We will be a supporting part of the virtual team for each Bing Fund startup, helping them reach critical mass. We want their breakthrough innovations to be beautifully designed, expertly engineered, and unleashed to the widest possible audience.
First and foremost, we’re looking for startups who are innovating online to solve big problems or create amazing new experiences. We will invest in great talent. We want founders with passion, who can advocate enthusiastically and successfully for their company and its product. We want talent that has not only market awareness and technical chops, but also insight into how the next wave of online interaction will unfold. Next we’re looking for at minimum a working prototype, preferably one that is live (i.e. people can sign up to use it). Finally, we’d like to see a compelling plan that describes the problem being solved, the market potential and competitive landscape, and unique market advantages.
We offer free usage of unique APIs from Bing’s data ecosystem and access to a portfolio of technology assets, developed by Microsoft Research, unavailable anywhere else. We will facilitate consultations with Subject Matter Experts, some of whom are world experts in their areas, and provide assistance from Bing Fund team members who specialize in design, engineering, marketing, and building businesses. We will also offer co-workspace to startups local to the Seattle area.
We want to ensure that you are successful, because your success is ultimately our success. For example, we’re always looking to add game-changing, disruptive innovations to our lineup.
For now, we are only accepting startups incorporated in the United States.
While we will be able to give more hands-on assistance to startups who are nearby, as long as your company is incorporated in the United States, you will get the same benefits, with the exception of co-workspace.
No, but if you’d like to use Microsoft tools or platforms we can help.
If you feel your startup would be a strong candidate for Bing Fund, please contact us via our website. We welcome referrals from startups in accelerator programs, particularly those in BizSpark Plus.
Both programs could be appropriate for your startup, depending on your stage of development. If your startup is at an earlier stage or you are a first-time entrepreneur, Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure, powered by TechStars, would be a better option. Bing Fund is more appropriate if your startup already has momentum; at a minimum you should have a working prototype and a solid business plan. We will consider companies going through accelerator programs for Bing Fund, so conceivably you could do both programs.
BizSpark is open to all startups that are developing software, privately held, less than 3 years old, and generating less than $1 million in annual revenue. If you meet those qualifications and the benefits that BizSpark offers would help you, you need not apply. Simply sign up.
Each startup will work with Bing Fund for a minimum of four months. We expect some engagements will last longer, depending on the team’s momentum. We will enroll startups on an on-going basis rather than in a single class.
While we can’t make any guarantees, acquisition is always a possibility.
Part of our commitment is to introduce you to strategic investors at the appropriate time.
Since we are an active angel investor & incubator we are focusing our resources on ten startups at a time. As we graduate a startup out of the program we will fill their spot with another. We really want to give each startup the time and dedication that they need to succeed.
The offices of Microsoft’s Online Services Division are located in Bellevue. Our workspace is in Bellevue to facilitate collaboration with the Bing Fund team. In addition, some of the leading experts on machine learning, conversational understanding, NUI, search, and data, work in Bellevue.
We will work primarily with accelerators and incubators that are part of Microsoft’s BizSpark Plus program. For information on joining BizSpark Plus, please contact BizSpark@microsoft.com.
We love entrepreneurs who dream big.
Adding this email that just came in that gives some new information about the Showcase discussed in the previous post:
The Founder Showcase is less than a week away, and tickets are almost sold out. As a loyal customer, you get 25% off using the code 'showcase_veteran' at http://foundershowcase.com/tickets. The 11th Founder Showcase is next Wednesday, July 25th in Mountain View, and will feature perhaps our best speaker lineup ever; with Kevin Rose (Venture Partner at Google Ventures), Aaron Levie (Co-Founder and CEO of Box), and Hiten Shah (CEO of KISSmetrics) scheduled to talk. We also have a great lineup of Investor Judges, including George Zachary (Charles River Ventures), Jed Katz (Javelin Venture Partners), James Cham (Trinity Ventures), and Rob Coneybeer (Shasta Ventures). Applications to the Pitch Competition have ended, but there is a still a chance for startups to present on stage to hundreds of investors and press by participating in the Demo Table Competition. For this event we also upped the ante on the Demo Table Giveaway. Instead of just one table, we will now be giving away four tables to those who help us spread the word. Simply tweet a message with the hashtag #FounderShowcase and the URL http://bit.ly/9OlVo8, or RSVP for the event on Facebook, Linkedin, and/or Plancast, and, on Friday, July 20th, we will randomly select one winner from each of these networks to receive a free Demo Table (4 tables total)!
Resume previous post:
A while ago, the folks at Embarke.com made a video about their involvement with BizSpark Plus. We want to share that with you in the runup to the Founder Showcase that is running on July 25 at Microsoft's sunny campus in Mountain View on July 25.
The Founder Showcase promises to be hardcore:
Guests will be treated to an entertaining Pitch Competition featuring 8 promising seed-stage companies, as well as talks by Kevin Rose (Founder of Digg, Venture Partner at Google Ventures), Aaron Levie (Co-Founder & CEO of Box), andHiten Shah (CEO of KISSmetrics). Appetizers and drinks will also be served in a networking hall full of other hot startups demoing their wares in the Demo Table Competition.
There will be a Windows 8 workshop prior to the day. You can sign up for that here.
This informative workshop will review how to design apps with Metro principles and the Windows personality, and the business opportunity Windows 8 represents for app developers.
Windows 8 experts on hand include;
Will is Microsoft’s User Experience Evangelist for the western U.S. Will has been leading experience design teams to successful launches for the last 10 years. Will leads the Windows 8 Evangelism business and is an expert on Metro style design across Windows 8, Phone and Xbox. You can follow him on Twitter at @wctschumy.
John P Alioto
John is an architect at Microsoft specializing in Windows 8. Formerly he was the CTO at VeriTrainer. You can follow him on Twitter at @jpalioto.
And you may be able to win your own Demo Table, if you know how to tweet and use the #foundershowcase hashtag:
We will be giving away four tables across Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Plancast to those who help us spread the word. Simply tweet a message with the hashtag #FounderShowcase and the URL http://bit.ly/9OlVo8, or RSVP for the event on Facebook, LinkedIn, and/or Plancast, and, on Friday, July 20th, we will randomly select one winner from each of these networks to receive a free Demo Table (4 tables total)!
But here is some real fun. Here is a video from Embarke.com, a graduate from the Founder Institute. They share the benefits of working within the BizSpark Plus program. It's worth at least five minutes of watching to get an idea of the scope of help you get from Microsoft and the community interaction each company experiences. It also confirms that FS companies are pretty cool.
If you are sitting hunched over your laptop trying to disrupt, you are probably not only puzzling out coding problems, but from a business angle you are trying to figure out how to crack the funding cipher.
Every once in a while great events come along where people devote hours of sincere conversation and efforts helping people figure out what they need to do to succeed in the building of their companies. Founder Showcase is one of those.
We're pretty lucky to have the Showcase come to Microsoft this year. At the showcase, eight very early stage founders are going to take the stage at an exclusive pitching and context event in Silicon Valley. I wanted to tell you about it, and show you the types of things you can look forward to if you come. This is the place to come for the under-hyped and the off the radar.
And to spice it up, we are going to have some Windows 8 people pre-event, going through the ins and outs of Windows 8 metro design. Sign up for that, here.
It's happening. The Founder Showcase is coming to Microsoft's Mountain View campus. I'm going to be there, and I hope you are going to be there. Here are some videos from the last Founder Showcase. They'll give you an idea of what things happen there.
From Visigoths -- Itembase was the winning pitch at the 10th Founder Showcase. Watch as they use the Viking theme to present their e-commerce solution.
To Mark Suster --
If famous investors and really great pitches are not for you, then certainly the definitive catalog of venture capital resources for entrepreneurs should do it.
I think Jason Calacanis likes the X Phone, his co-hosts idea to rename the Windows Phone.
Calcanis sat down with a couple of dudes (Erik Rannala, founder of Mucker Lab, and Ryan Block) the other day and the conversation kept swerving over to Microsoft's crazy moves in the market these past few weeks. When it came to the Windows Phone, Calacanis couldn't get over the Nokia Lumia 900 (once he figured out how to pronounce it). He said that when he was at the All Things D conference, the guy from Nokia handed him the Nokia Lumia 900. The phone, says Calacanis, "is more beautiful than my iPhone, and it could be on par with the Samsung." This is at the 28:10 mark.
That was nice of him, but if you know Calacanis, he wasn't being just nice. The guy doesn't say things unless he's overly moved to say them. It's the New Yorker in him. We must admire that New York spirit. I am from New York. I recognize it, and pay it homage.
I have not much to say in terms of predictions about the future of Microsoft and hardware / software development. Others are doing that, like Mike Elgan. And Ahmed Siddiqui, who manages the Bay Area's Startup Weekend. I'm obviously pretty positively biased. What interests me is the genuine openness that Microsoft has displayed as it exerts itself in the startup ecoystem. There are more and more developers building for the Windows apps store. Windows 8, as it pushes out, is becoming more an object of admiration than a topic of derision.
I will continue to point to these kinds of things, because it's heartwarming to see the discussion going in another direction. The more Microsoft proves itself, the more entrepreneurs will continue to come to at least check out what's doing behind the brand.
In case you wanted to find out who will win the nation-wide AngelHack contest, look no further than here. We are streaming it live on the site when they begin in a few hours.
And here is the direct link to the Stream. Tune in from 6pm to 9pm tonight to see who wins. Broadcasting live with Ustream
Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO, talks to thousands of partners in Toronto this morning. Here's a link to the live feed.
You can also track the conversation on Twitter, by following the #WPC12 hashtag. You'll get a lot of interesting inside information during these talks.
Tomer Dvir from Soluto reaches epic proportions!
These shots were sent in by our colleagues in Toronto, who are at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference. Today they gave the award for Partner of the Year to Tomer Dvir, and by the looks of the photos, the team back in Tel Aviv is pretty happy. And Tomer Dvir is looking Iconic.
This is epic. Tomer Dvir's photo looks out over the WPC conference.
And the team in Tel Aviv celebrates.
The best way to get information that can help your startup is to watch Demo Days like the one we're running right now on this blog for the 500 Startups Demo Day in New York City.
Too bad we can't be there right now.
We've been engaged in a little bit of diplomacy lately. Claire Lee, who is in charge of partnerships for the Emerging Business Team that houses BiZSpark, is in Washington, DC today at the 2012 Global Diaspora Forum discussing how to make connections to the diaspora community. The people who move to other countries from their own countries end up being amazing channels for market information, remittances, and the formation of new business. They are activists, says Claire. She is right.
They move more than the mental and emotional mountains it takes to dislodge from the warm confines of a natural home. They end up changing entire economies. In a global environment, those changes, aggregated are literally life-changing:
These connections lead to an estimated $95.8 billion in remittances to ‘countries of origin’ in 2010. Many businesses founded by immigrant entrepreneurs form part of a rich diaspora community in the US. These entrepreneurs and small-business owners are activists: they form strong connections and have extended networks, they transmit and spread information, provide resources in their country of residence/for their country of origin. They have knowledge of market trends, and often influence trade and investment, well placed to see new opportunities and nurture the next generation of entrepreneurs with the same cultural ties.
This is one of the reasons we have partnerships with institutions (even really young ones) like Startup America. The workforce, the digital consumption market, the future of innovation is global and there are no homes, per se. There are only nesting pads along the globe for a highly mobile tribe of international people.
We were just in Australia at Imagine Cup checking this out in person.
here's a great video on The Global Impact of Entrepreneurs.
Wonderful, full color video. Wonderful, full color life on the frontlines of entrepreneurs.
Here's the thing: as our mobile devices, cloud innovations, touch-first interfaces and the ease of mediums becomes more prevalent, it will become easier and easier to make things. When you make things, you make a future. When you make a future, you help people. When you help people, they can make a future, and then they can help people. You see where this is going. We are geared to help. Technology makes it so. I'm heading over now to the Founder Showcase to listen in on eight new founders I have never heard of, look for pictures later.
Microsoft BizSpark is priming entrepreneurs in Africa for a massive startup conference we are doing with Nokia, State Department and our partners DEMO in late October. Registration opened yesterday for two events going on in Kampala and Dar es Salaam this next week that inform entrepreneurs on how to apply to demonstrate their talents at the upcoming DEMO Africa forum in Nairobi.
These events are part mixer and part info session, and are meant to connect entrepreneurs to a State Department-led Initiative led by DEMO and sponsored by Nokia and Microsoft, among others.
The DEMO Africa team will be at the Hive Colab in Kampala in Africa on Friday the 27th July to meet with innovators, entrepreneurs and startups from Uganda and at the Technohama in Dar es Salaam on 1st August.Here are two links for registration:Kampala http://demokampala2012.eventbrite.com/Dar es Salaam http://dadar2012.eventbrite.com/Photo courtesy of CIO East Africa, depicts Brian Munyao Longwe, DEMO Africa Event Director, talking to entrepreneurs and startups at the start of the DEMO Innovation Tour in Nairobi yesterday.
After reviewing the pitches of the top 20 startup applicants for the India Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure, the judges have decided on the first class.
The team in India wrote this blog post yesterday to announce the winners:
The competition was excitingly fierce. After a few rounds of screening, the top 20 applicants were called to present before the panel of judges. This happened a few days back. “This was a rigorous yet exciting process, not just for the startups, but for all the judges as well,” said Rajesh Raju, Managing Director, Indo-US Venture Partners. Recounting his experience, Rajesh said: “Not only did I get to hear some incredible ideas, I got the opportunity to meet some really smart people. It is heartening to see the increasing risk appetite in India--more and more bright people are now giving up well paying corporate jobs to become entrepreneurs! This is an extremely encouraging sign for an investor like me.”
Finally, after several rounds of screening, the judges unanimously selected the top 11 startups that will form the inaugural class of the Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure in India: AmplyfyMe, Caeruz Ventures, CipherGraph, CloudInfra, Gameizon, HireRabbit, NowFloats, Plustxt Mobile Solutions Pvt. Ltd, Sparsha, Whitesharkk & World Without Me. Each of these companies clearly stood out in their business value proposition, their strong technology or product, and a strong team that can execute on the idea and build a sustainable long-term business.
Congratulations to the winners.
How does Desiree Vargas Wrigley, founder of GiveForward, raise capital? It must be particularly different for social good startups, since they traditionally work in a low scale market, or so people think.
Our friends at TechCocktail caught up with the GiveForward founder and asked her about how to raise money as a social venture.
How does a brand new logistical data company get up and running in Microsoft BizSpark? Turns out you can use a little bit of searching on the web, and depend on your business savvy partner to get ahead. But it's not easy. Many people in parts of the developing world will want to stay focused on using Excel spreadsheets and calculators, when all they really need is a quick cloud-based data solution.
Our BizSpark member Carlos Eduardo, tells the story of starting Pratical One.
One year ago, my partner and I created Pratical One. Here’s why after some careful research and market positioning, we decided to go forward with the idea to automate the process that manages and exchanges data for cargo transport.
Last August, my business partner Rejane and I were feeling that it was the perfect time to start our plan.
Rejane’s a well-known professional in the logistics market and has worked for the biggest players for more than 15 years. I’ve been developing systems since I was a teenager.
After working on big companies, we thought that we knew how to make Pratical One happen.
Right? Yeah, not so much.
The first challenge was mine to handle as the more technical of the two. It was clear to us that we should use cloud computing. It’s cheap, easy to access and multi-platform. However, after all the years programming on ASP, what would that mean for the business?
How do I change a completely rock-solid business model into something that depends on the cloud? How do I develop? Do I use C# or VB.net?
For all those questions, friends and search engines. I can’t count how many times I’ve spent searching about ways to develop my system. And what to do when I had an error? Blogs, forums and all things possible were all I had to find the answers.
With the basic system ongoing, we went to market, trying our first customer. We have a system, we have expertise on IT and logistic, we have contacts. It should be a piece of cake, but there was a big BUT.
The market is kind of conservative. They are used to doing things on Excel and telephone, so why would they shift to a paid model in a convenient software solution? It’s not as easy of a sell as it looks. Many of them would ask, “Why change the process?”
So we realize that it will take time to show and prove people about the gains of moving to Pratical One. They can be more accessible, more reliable and efficient.
We are now harvesting the first crops. We knew that it wouldn't be easy, and will never be.
As an entrepreneur, the biggest thing that I've learned so far was that with the right information, a good partner like Microsoft, and the work of my business savvy partner, it’s possible to handle the unknown. As an IT guy, I had never thought about marketing, legal, account and other matters, but my will to win makes me move forward.
The only way to be successful is to be able to everything at first. It teaches you about the business and it helps you understand your customers.
Actually I think our ability to be adaptable will define the future. We are creating a big company.
This video details the very first startup Demo Day at San Quentin Prison, the very first to ever happen in a California State Correctional Facility.
Could this start a new economy? Could we see a new trend where people who really do want to fund new jobs, and new ways of making money, actually invest in a group of people whose ideas could change their cities, the country, and the world? Those in prison, some of them at one time serving life sentences, are being taught how to work with technology and build a company without access to the Internet, so that they can help their communities as they return to society.
According to Beverly Parenti, Co-founder of The Last Mile, "We teach business principles, technology, social media, and entrepreneurship skills to a very select group of men. Our mission is to increase post release success and reduce recidivism."
It's unclear if participation in the program enables the men to return to society, of if they were already granted this permission and then found the program. In any case, it's an inspiring few moments of video for your early morning or evening, depending on where you are in the world.
FotoJelly is a PaaS whose vision is to make it easier for people to share photos when participating in events & group activities. Our “secret sauce” is in how we incorporate context through location data and integration with event services to increase the value of our content to our user community in general, event hosts and marketers. Being in BizSpark, along with our participation in Founder Institute, accelerated our ability cost effectively deliver our first product, FotoJelly for Windows Phone, which was released July 12th
In addition to developing with Visual Studio, we use Azure & SQL Azure for data storage, hosting servers from a Microsoft partner (SingleHop) and Office 365 for email & collaboration. There are a lot of competing products that were made available to us, many of them at no cost. But the relatively seamless integration and our familiarity across the various platforms won us over.
And while we’ve had several mentors as well as potential investors question our decision to be “Windows First”, the development and cloud platforms have been advantageous in terms of finding great technical resources and iterating quickly. And, we believe that the devices we plan to support (Windows Phone 7/8, Xbox, Windows 8 Tablet) will require less effort to adopt technically (i.e., we can build off of what we’ve already coded). Combined with Microsoft’s expected marketing of Windows 8, I think we are making a good bet in riding that wave.
Currently, I’m bootstrapping the company, but have applied to both Bing Fund and the Azure Accelerator. The journey thus far has not been without challenges, but I’m super excited about what we’ve accomplished thus far and really appreciate the support BizSpark has given to the startup community.
What does Azure deployment mean to you? Right now, Azure is being rolled out through several countries. If you have questions about it and how you can build your solutions on the Azure platform, you should watch this video, which gives a concise summary for your business.
Thiago Almeida, a Microsoft Developer Evangelist in New Zealand, led me to this.
He found the video here: Plankytronixx looking at new server and cloud technologies.