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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...
25 Dec 2013
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...
24 Dec 2013
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...
20 Mar 2013
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...
30 Apr 2013
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...
3 Oct 2012
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...
9 Oct 2012
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...
19 Apr 2013
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...
24 Apr 2013
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...
16 May 2012
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...
5 Feb 2013
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...
13 Jun 2012
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...
27 Jun 2012
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...
8 Jan 2013
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...
10 Jan 2013
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...
21 Mar 2013
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...
9 Oct 2012
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...
12 Nov 2012
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...
8 Aug 2012
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...
19 Feb 2013
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...
28 Mar 2013
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...
19 May 2012
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...
21 Sep 2012
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...
3 Nov 2012
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...
15 May 2012
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...
22 Jul 2012
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