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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
500 Strong(er) with Microsoft in 2013
Few things in life leave an impression quite like meeting Dave McClure…. The first time we met in person was at Le Web in December 2011. Here we are at Brian Solis’ birthday drinks at the Intercon in Paris, sandwiched between Oren from Mashery and our mutual good pal, 500 Startups...
19 Mar 2013
The First Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure Demo Day -- Powered by Tech Stars
Yesterday we wrapped up the Accelerator experience with TechStars in Seattle with our Demo Day. The packed event included more than 400 registered attendees, including 110 investors to watch 10 startups pitch their ventures. The demo day is one of two we are having this month. The next one will be in...
19 Jan 2013
DreamIt and Microsoft Help Startups Dream, Then Do
I was first introduced to Arie Abecassis, one of the Managing Partners at DreamIt Ventures, back in June this year. At the time, we were doing our bit to support DreamIt programs on the ground in NYC and Philly, a little in Israel, but Arie was keen to do [much] more with Microsoft BizSpark, and told...
1 Nov 2012
BizSpark Members Make Up 30% of Dave McClure's Fifth Class at 500 Startups
Dave McClure's 500 startups announced their new class today , and since 9 of those 33 teams are members are BizSpark teams, we have reason to celebrate. Percentage-wise, Microsoft BizSpark members made up nearly 30% of those teams. Here's a rundown of those companies, and what they do. Congratulations...
31 Oct 2012
Interview: BizSpark Startup Submittable Exits Y-Combinator Seeking 1 Million Customers
This BizSpark company just finished a term with Y-Combinator and is actively working with large clients in the media space as they scale to 1 million customers. We asked their CEO, Michael Fitzgerald, a few questions about their experience as a team running a successful startup. First, a little bit...
26 Oct 2012
Meet a Microsoft BizSpark Ambassador: Arunava Chatterjee, WebWizard Technologies
BizSpark has grown so large that it now covers over 100 countries and about 50,000 startups. We have recently started a BizSpark Ambassador series , which takes you into the minds of startuppers around the world, and helps you get a view to what is actually happening on the ground in various countries...
14 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
Evolero Founder: Unload Your Head So Your Customers Can Experience Things Clearly
This week, Israeli startups came to Microsoft's Silicon Valley headquarters and demonstrated their products in front of dozens of investors from around the world. We're running a series this week that gives the founders at these companies the oportunity to tell us firsthand what drives their companies...
6 Sep 2012
Pingar Founder and CEO Peter Wren-Hilton: Don't Do Your Startup Alone
The worst thing you can do to your startup is to act as if you are the only person who can make it work. Startup culture demands collaboration and a startup is the perfect opportunity to build a spirit of camraderie and inspiration. We interview Pingar CEO Peter Wren-Hilton about Pingar , a metadata...
6 Aug 2012
Carlos Eduardo and Pratical One: Creating Your First Cloud-Based Logistics Data Company
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...
30 Jul 2012
Guest Blogger Gary Swart, CEO, oDesk: 4 Ways to Use Online Work to Turbocharge Your Startup
What makes the difference between a startup’s success and failure? What sets a truly great business apart from an average or mediocre one? It’s not funding, and it’s not the product. It’s the people. Every day, I talk with startups that struggle to find qualified talent...
15 Jun 2012
Turner Broadcasting Accelerator Media Camp Unveils Inaugural Class
Six technology startups selected to help change the future of entertainment. SAN FRANCISCO, CA – June 7, 2012 – Turner Broadcasting today announced the companies selected for the Media Camp 12-week accelerator program this summer. The companies will benefit from one-on-one mentorship...
6 Jun 2012
2012’s Olympic host is on a winning streak for start-ups
By Bindi Karia Holding this year’s European BizSpark Summit in London gives me a good chance to put the spotlight on why the UK’s capital city has become one of the best places for start-ups (and business in general). Someone who is as equally passionate as me about this topic is Pru...
1 Jun 2012
Wappwolf Is Wawesome -- An Automated File Workflow Process
Pun aside, Wappwolf is based at Rocketspace on Fremont Street in San Francisco . Roland Trimmel, who is from Austria, manages the marketing and strategy for the company. He is here in this video with the team, also from Austria. They have an automation app for documents put into dropbox that is easy...
27 Apr 2012
RoleConnect: speed-dating for jobs
Guest blog by Ruud De Jonge The world of employment is changing. There is a huge trend towards contractor-based relationships, where employers use teams or individuals for specific projects or timescales. In the IT sector alone, our research shows that the percentage of contractors within the workforce...
10 Apr 2012
Fresh face for Finland
Continuing our series of looking at the BizSpark community in different European countries, we hear from Tarja Jernstr öm, our new BizSpark champ for Finland. Tarja joins Microsoft from TTS, a Finnish research, development and training institute where she gained much of her insight into the local...
21 Mar 2012
By Midori Lawler Several members of the BizSpark team have descended upon Austin because its, yes, SXSW time! Microsoft BizSpark is sponsoring several events and several of the BizSpark Team will be participating in other startup-related activities. Here’s a summary of a few of the places...
11 Mar 2012
Launch your new product at Launch: Silicon Valley 2012
Guest Blog by Claire Lee : In its 7th year, Launch: Silicon Valley is now firmly established as the premier product launch platform for cash conscious startups. The event, co-presented by SVForum, Garage Technology Ventures and Microsoft, provides the next generation of emerging technology companies...
1 Mar 2012
Startup Weekend Bangalore 2012
Guest blog by Kattayil Rajinish Menon 54 Hours | No Talk | All Action 100 Participants | 68 Business Ideas Pitched | 15 Startups Bootstrapped 3 Startups Declared Winners Startup Weekend Bangalore was a great success. Microsoft helped organize and host the event which attracted startups...
9 Feb 2012
BizSpark One Week in Review - Dec 3
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. Week of November 13-26 and November 27-December 3 § ClickDimensions...
5 Dec 2011
Lessons in Leadership from Global Entrepreneurship Week
Guest Blog: Ahmed Siddiqui, Startup Weekend As we close Global Entrepreneurship Week 2011 and Startup Weekend’s Global Startup Battle, I would like to take a moment to reflect on some lessons in leadership that emerged during the past 2 weeks. First of all, I humbled to have an...
5 Dec 2011
BizSpark One Week in Review - Nov 12
Over the past week, 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 40,000 startups. Week of November 6-12, 2011 § Digital Folio , a multi-channel, real...
14 Nov 2011
Mini Seedcamp Barcelona
Mini Seedcamp Barcelona is happening on the 16 th of November and we’d love to see BizSpark startups take advantage of this program. Apply to THE European accelerator program before 20 th October. We’re looking to spend the day with 20 awesome teams to meet and be mentored by some of the...
10 Oct 2010
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