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#Microsoft #BizSpark Asks Entrepreneurs to Describe the Glory and the Horror of Solving for Opportunities
Startup culture. Highs and lows. Dread and exasperation. Glory and elation. What really sucks about running a startup? What do you love? We asked the startup community at our Microsoft BizSpark Facebook Page to take a read on their startup experience and answer today's fill-in-the-blank question...
25 Apr 2012
BizSpark Partners and Microsoft Accelerator In The News
It's been a heavy media day around here. Some reporters from Endgadget and Bloomberg just got back from their trip to see the Microsoft Accelerator in Seattle. Photo courtesy Bloomberg The Endgadget piece focuses on several of the startup accelerator participants , like Freak'nGenius: Freak...
23 May 2012
Prodibi: Swiss Rebels Give Due Respect to Web Photo Enthusiasts With Their BizSpark Software Innovation
While web-based video streaming and digital audio has become increasingly sophisticated, the quality of photograph images viewed online has lagged behind. At the moment, if someone was to try to upload a high quality image for viewing on a PC, tablet or smartphone, the size of the image would compromise...
13 May 2013
Rob Caron: Top Ten #Microsoft Developer Blog Posts for Monday
Thanks to Rob Caron for posting these great links for developers today . Keep coming back for this information if you are interested in developing on Windows devices or if you currently do develop using Microsoft products and software. Jason Zander: April 27th What’s Happening Around Visual...
30 Apr 2012
Meet a Microsoft BizSpark Ambassador: Vishnu Prasad in Singapore
To introduce our next Microsoft Ambassador, we turn to Singapore. Vishnu Prasad works for SGTechCamps, based in Singapore, and he is one of the twenty ambassadors we have around the world, who are looking in on the entrepreneurs and developers in his corner of the world. Microsoft BizSpark was created...
27 Oct 2012
Roboticists Do It Better -- At Startup Weekend, Assembling Code and Mechanics in Meat Space
Robots are suddenly becoming a very attractive startup idea. Startup Weekend showed us that app development is a topical area that is chock full of ideas, but not well populated with executed business ideas. I will have a post on this later, but startup culture is a design and human interaction / problem...
20 Apr 2012
Live Stream of the Windows 8 Launch in New York City
We are covering the live stream of the Windows 8 launch in New York City right here.
25 Oct 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
Meet Denis Crowley During Live Chat May 23
We are honored that Denis Crowley, Founder of awesome check-in and recommendations app Foursquare, will be sitting down for a live chat with Douglas Crets on May 23 . Biography from his LinkedIn Profile: Dennis Crowley is the co-founder of foursquare , a service that combines social networks...
3 May 2013
The Way of the MindSumo Warrior: Guest Post from MindSumo CEO Keaton Swett
In a place like Silicon Valley, it can sometimes feel like companies are started simply because it’s the thing to do. Just as beanie babies were all the rage during my middle school years, I’ve met founders more enamored with the idea of starting a company than the technology being developed...
24 Oct 2012
BizSpark One in Review - March 12
By Sharon Koshy Over the past few weeks, here’s a sampling of news highlights of members of the BizSpark One program , identifying a small number of the best companies in BizSpark, which is now comprised of over 45,000 startups. Weeks covering February 12-March 10: Andrew Yates, CEO...
13 Mar 2012
#SWBayMEGA Leader Ahmed Siddiqui Tells Us to Learn to Code During #DEMO2012
By: Ahmed Siddiqui, Startup Weekend San Francisco Bay Area Coordinator & Founder of Go Go Mongo! It seems like getting a technical co-founder is all the rage here in Silicon Valley. You have an awesome idea, and you have a killer application to YCombinator, and you know that if you land...
19 Apr 2012
E-Commerce Hope for Your Skeptical Parents?
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...
23 Apr 2013
TechCrunch Hackathon Disrupt Presentations Are Live -- Watch Them
After a whole night of hacking, we are onto the Disrupt presentations. Live stream videos at Ustream
20 May 2012
How Developers Can Keep from Losing their Data in the Fog of Coding: AppFog founder Lucas Carlson Explains
Lucas Carlson is a magician and developer who lost ten years worth of projects when his server melted down. His solution is a little bit of cloud magic. He came up with AppFog , a Microsoft BizSpark company, which reduces time and helps developers work across any programming platform, and let's operational...
19 Oct 2012
Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure Announces Its New Class for 2013
The new class for Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure just launched. According to Scott Guthrie , a Corporate Vice President in the Microsoft Server and Tools Business , we started the first Azure Accelerator because we wanted to give promising startups full access to Azure, so that they can build...
1 Apr 2013
Startup Washington Launches in Seattle
The BizSpark team joined over 300 entrepreneurs and regional leaders for the official launch of Startup Washington ! Special attendees included Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, Startup America Board Member Pamela Contag and Director of the Department of Commerce for the State of Washington, Rogers Weed. ...
9 Sep 2012
How BizSpark Speaks In Many Countries at Once -- It's About Listening
If you have not seen the work done by the folks at NodeXL , you need to check out how they piece together the fragmented ongoing conversations on the social web and put together very strong graphical images of those conversations. Like this one here. We believe in keeping the conversation going...
29 Apr 2013
Interview with SiSense VP of Marketing Bruno Aziza: On Growth and Gain in Big Data
SiSense is one the newest big data analytics companies you might have heard about recently. Over the past few weeks, the company, a Microsoft BizSpark startup , was elected Top 10 Big Data Startup by CIO Magazine, Top App To Try by Inc. Magazine and was selected Top Innovative Company by the Under The...
22 Jun 2013
#Microsoft Azure Accelerator is a Catalyst for Boosting Startups -- Inside a #Microsoft Incubator
People think that software engineers just sit around and solve problems. The truth is, no problem really becomes a problem unless there is some human interaction in the real world that highlights the friction between the human and that difficulty. Engineering and the software they create is not really...
26 Apr 2012
SpoonHub Captures Microsoft BizSpark Grand Prize Challenge at TechCrunch Disrupt
Spoonhub, "a Github for recipes" took away the grand prize challenge at today's TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon. It's a beautiful looking app, as this video of the team presenting it on the emulator shows. And then here is the award announcement. The team also has a web based client with...
20 May 2012
Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure -- The Israeli Demo Day Edition
Yesterday, about 40 VC / Angels showed up to the Microsoft Silicon Valley headquarters, and listened and interacted with a few Israeli startups that are a part of the Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure running in the Israeli Here are some notes taken from Laura Wigod, who curates some of the...
7 Sep 2012
Mountain View Mania Continues
So, last night we had this perfect storm of pitch events, tech meetups, and a wild party in the Microsoft Technology Center. One of our partners, 500 Startups , held their Mexico Demo Day at our BizSpark Lab . It was full on startup day yesterday. Today, Mountain View Mania continues with a live feed...
6 Feb 2013
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