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  • Blog Post: These Windows 8 and Windows Phone Apps Just Made Your New Year Bright

    We told you earlier today that the fun was not going to stop with just a few Windows 8 apps made by some Microsoft BizSpark members. No, we said there would be more on the way. So, here continues our deluge of Windows 8 and Windows Phone apps that you can download and tinker around with as you end the...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Apps That Should be On Your End of Year List

    The holidays are here, and that means one thing: you are not going to be doing much work. We hope. But it is a time of the year when you plan on how you are you going to tackle the new year. For some of you that means more fun. For others, that means more work, or more efficient work. We have produced...
  • Blog Post: Festomat Made It Possible for You To Get Into Launch 2013 This Year

    Thanks to Jason Calacanis and his Launch team for letting Festomat use its software to help check people into the conference this year. Here is a video showing this BizSpark team proving to thousands of attendees that their NFC-enabled software on Windows Phones can handle massive traffic and then provide...
  • Blog Post: Speek No Evil: Meet Speek Co-Founders at TechCrunch Disrupt NY Today

    This is part two in a series of blog posts and interviews about Microsoft BizSpark companies that will be presenting at TechCrunch Disrupt NY. Here is an interview with John Bracken, CEO and Co-Founder of Speek , one of the easiest teleconferencing apps you will ever use. This interview was conducted...
  • Blog Post: Video: Interview Roundup of BizSpark Companies at #DEMO2012

    We walked around and talked to the founders of some of the incredible BizSpark companies presenting in the pavilion at DEMO Fall. You can get inside information and a free peek at one of the most important conferences for startup, by visiting our live feed page (watch this instead of doing your work...
  • Blog Post: Is Microsoft BizSpark Real? The Startups Who Email Us Know It Is

    When Microsoft first offered me a job at Microsoft to help them manage 50,000 startups that had joined Microsoft BizSpark for the free software and the community support, I had to admit, I wasn't sure what to think. but I talked to the woman who would eventually become my boss, and that entire conversation...
  • Blog Post: So You Want to Pitch Your Startup at a Global Event? Here's What You Need to Know

    Start-up competition season is in full swing and a couple of the big ones - the annual TNW Europe and TechCrunch Disrupt NYC – are both coming up later this month (go BizSpark finalists!) So we thought it would be interesting to get some ‘behind the scenes’ viewpoints from start...
  • Blog Post: With a Kickstarter Campaign and Windows Phone 8 App Experience, Echoboom Scans Skies for Opportunities

    There are so many games out there that it is very hard to do something new or different, but every now and then, one comes along that just stands out from the crowd with. Spanish start-up Echoboom has done just that, combining unique idea with strong game play in Dogfight . This multi-player game has...
  • Blog Post: Of Baristas and Accelerators: Do Entrepreneurs Ship or Serve?

    Today I am going to visit the Microsoft Accelerator at 320 Westlake Avenue in Seattle. Incidentally, the Azure Accelerator is accepting applications for ten slots to be given to developers who want to build a company, an app or a service on the Azure platform. Microsoft is giving away three months of...
  • Blog Post: Doing Stuff with TechCocktail -- Be a Pal, Go to Their Party at SXSW This Year

    Many of you have probably heard of the great things that Frank Gruber and Jen Consalvo do with TechCocktail, the rapidly growing entrepreneur evenings that are spreading across the nation. We certainly noticed them. That's why we recently partnered up with them to be at a few of their events. Tech...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft For Africa

    The latest plan for Microsoft in Africa is all about enabling African youth realize their full potential. Ali Faramawy, Corporate VP in MEA area, says: “For years, we have led the way in Africa: we opened many offices, hired hundreds of people, built a partner network, invested in education...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft 30 to Launch: Where You Can Make an App That Goes Into the Store

    So, what do you do when you show up to an app building workshop in San Francisco to learn how to build Windows 8 apps? Well, you make an app and it goes into the store. Microsoft just closed their 30 to Launch in San Francisco on Monday. It was pretty cool. About three dozen app developers gathered...
  • Blog Post: Bill Gates Keynotes SXSW and Other Things You Will Tell Your Kids One Day

    To start off this bit of news, we recently found out our old commander-in-chief Bill Gates is going to be kicking off SXSW . How's that, hipsters!? From hipsters, we move to entrepreneurs. Namely, the entrepreneurs that have been slamming our Facebook page with advice, experience and narratives of...
  • Blog Post: Putting the Cafe Meeting in a Browser -- Looking at FreshTag, a BizSpark Member Company

    Guest blog post by Prateek Gupta, founder of FreshTag, an app that connects multiple people by entering hashtags or clicking a link. FreshTag was founded at a San Francisco hackathon in June 2012. Co-founder Ben Denial and I attended it to work on a simple idea to connect people on browser-based video...
  • Blog Post: What Is The Future Of Mobile When You Don't Find a Killer App at SXSW?

    We have friends who are into the mobile experience. When we were in Austin, we saw this dude shooting video and interviewing mobile developers about their take on the mobile space. The video that came out of that explores the future of mobile in the absence of "the next big app" and also captures...
  • Blog Post: Get Inspired with Startup Weekend Perth's Team Gainspiration

    How do you get inspired? Is inspiration random and accidental? I don't think that it is. I think that if you can create a structure, or a source, for finding inspiration, you can then expose yourself to a potential inspiration, or inspirations, every day. At its heart, an inspiration comes from...
  • Blog Post: How Startup Weekend Played Out -- The Tweets, Pics, and Video Demos Your Parents Warned You About

    There was a rush of Startup Weekend events this weekend. Here are a few of the tweets, photos and videos that came in during the events. We love seeing how fast these teams work together to create businesses, hacks, and usable stuff. The pitches were just about to begin in Kirkland: Pitch presentations...
  • Blog Post: Wappwolf Releases Version for Windows 8

    We got word this morning that BizSpark company Wappwolf, a cloud automator app, has just released a version of the app in the Windows Store for Windows 8 charmbar, the toolbar that runs on the Windows 8 interface. You can check out the Wappwolf Windows Phone app here . Image of the Charm Bar...
  • Blog Post: Haunted: Launch of the First Windows Phone App Funded by AppCampus

    The games app market is extremely competitive, so finding new ways to keep players captivated is the big challenge facing developers right now. Finnish-based start-up Tuliotus has achieved just that, by introducing an exciting new approach to game-play with Haunted , which is also the first AppCampus...
  • Blog Post: Bodeefit Brings Fitness to Your Form Factor

    In a world where obesity is killing thousands of people a day in the world, it's almost joyous to hear that there are startups and app builders out there trying to use any means necessary to create the simplest apps to defeat life-threatening lifestyles and habits. The folks at Bodeefit ,one of the...
  • Blog Post: TechCrunch Hackaton Starts Today: Get Updates about Microsoft BizSpark Startups

    The TechCrunch Hackathon starts at 12.30 in NYC. We have three companies there. Aviary, an awesome photo software app , is showcasing at the hackathon. Aviary will help showcase their Windows Phone app and SDK . here is a link that hows how to integrate the SDK into your W7 project. Objective...
  • Blog Post: SoundCloud: A Project Manager's Perspective

    When I was in Berlin two weeks ago, I wanted to know how SoundCloud, the massively popular sound collaboration platform, managed its product development cycle. So, I asked Matas Petrikas, a product manager for html5 apps, some questions about his work. Here is the result: Interview with Matas Petrikas...
  • Blog Post: Infantium for Windows 8: How An Idea Becomes an App

    It’s exciting enough when we hear about developers taking existing apps and putting them on our new Windows 8 platform, but it’s even more exciting when it’s a brand new app that is breaking new ground – and in children’s education. Infantium is one of a number of W8 apps...
  • Blog Post: How Awesome Is This? Giving Away Huge Xbox and Windows Phone Package at TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon

    TechCrunch Disrupt will be here this weekend, and if you are a developer and a builder of apps, you might like the two little contests we are doing. In fact, you might like these contests regardless of whether you are a hacker, a developer or a phone lover. We'll be covering some of this live on the...
  • Blog Post: This Year's Olympics Will Be App-Ready

    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...