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  • Blog Post: APPLY for Microsoft Ventures Accelerator - Berlin

    Apply now for the 2 nd batch of the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator in Berlin Are you an early-stage startup having an idea so brilliant it burns? You want to make it happen – now? Then apply for the 2 nd batch of the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator in Berlin! It´s an immersive program aimed...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Day Two at LeWeb

    Day Two at LeWeb got off to a flying start with the “money panel” – investors including Jeff Clavier and Dave “Pirate” McClure. They discussed, among other things, the performance and underperformance of IPO companies. Check in to see all the action on the LeWeb...
  • Blog Post: Event Report : The Malaysian Premiere of Ctrl+Alt+Compete, a startup documentary, on January 18 2012

    Blog by Daryll McDade : So...we, Microsoft, made a movie and on January 18 2012, we shared it with Malaysian startups and it was a hit! This was not just a shaky-cam movie with a handheld camera edited in Movie Maker…but a REAL movie…a feature-length, theater...
  • Blog Post: The Final Fifteen

    With just two weeks to go until the 8 th BizSpark European Summit , I thought I’d give you a sneak preview of the fifteen start-ups who will be pitching to our panels of investors and other VIP judges on June 7 th in London. Post by Ruud de Jonge, Director Developer & Platform Evangelism...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: Ruchit Garg, CEO, 9Slides --- Wannapreneurs, Customer Focus and Competition Anxiety

    I have met numerous wanna-preneurs over coffee meet-ups where folks have ditched their idea after working on it for long, simply because they found a successful competitor. Really? Ruchit Garg, CEO of 9Slides, an app which synchronizes speaker tracks with slides -- Photo Credit Yatharth Gupta ...
  • Blog Post: Event Report - Christchurch Startup Weekend

    Blog by Thiago Almeida : Event Details 24-26 February 2012 Westpac Business & Community Hub, Christchurch “If there is one city that is in the perfect space for entrepreneurship, it’s Christchurch, and I was blown away by the quality and passion of the...
  • Blog Post: BizSpark One Week in Review - Aug 27

    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 August 21-27, 2011 § Exceedra , focused on commercial and supply...
  • Blog Post: Report from Ireland: Listening, learning and networking in Dublin's Fair City

    By Ruud de Jonge While we can do a lot through online networking, it is even better when we get to meet start-ups face to face. That’s why I make time for events like last week’s visit to the Microsoft data centre in Dublin, where a group of over 25 BizSpark entrepreneurs, start-up incubators...
  • Blog Post: Hungarian Startup Tresorit Helps You Feel More Secure About Transferring Files on Insecure Networks

    Good times are rolling for Hungarian startup Tresorit . After impressive participation at a series of competitions and events last year – they were a finalist at the Global Security Challenge in Israel last September, and won the Central European semi-final at last year’s Intel Challenge...
  • Blog Post: In Russia, Using Azure to Turn Your Daily Blog Reading into a Paper Route

    For the Russian speakers out there, here's a very handy series on how BizSpark members AtContent tweaked and worked with Windows Azure to get their company up and running . People who don't read Cyrillic can translate in Bing and enjoy the useful experience. It's important to read it, because they are...
  • Blog Post: Under the Radar, April 25th – 26th at Microsoft, Mountain View, CA

    Guest Blog by Debbie Landa, Dealmaker Media Announcing a Call for Companies The rise of webscale businesses like Google, Facebook and Linkedin have permanently changed consumer expectations in the workplace. As business units are demanding real-time data on customers, IT needs to transition...
  • Blog Post: Come check out IGNITE! at RocketSpace on March 13

    By Brett Laffel IGNITE! kicks off on Tuesday, March 13 at 5 PM at RocketSpace, 181 Fremont Street in San Francisco. IGNITE! is a new monthly series of pitch events for early-stage startups looking to generate interest and investment from VC’s and Angels. Here's how it works: Ten companies...
  • Blog Post: Startup Heroes take Euro Summit by Storm -- A Review of the #bizsparkeu Hashtag

    In the early hours of dawn in San Francisco, I flicked on my laptop and took in the livestream of the BizSpark Euro Summit. Just in time to see a few startups pitching, and then to listen to Bob Dorf, who sharpened people's understanding of what it means to run a startup. If you are buildng a company...
  • Blog Post: BizSpark Member myhomehelper Fights Dementia With The Cloud, Makes Technology4Good Finals

    A one-man Microsoft BizSpark company from Hull is up against the likes of Barclays Bank with a dementia memory aid that he made for his Mum. myhomehelper beat off competition from over 200 candidates to be selected in the final of the AbilityNet Technology4Good awards. Aimed primarily at those...
  • Blog Post: Special SlideShare Offer for BizSpark Members: "The Startup Of __________" on Twitter #mystartupstory

    Every person, product, team and company started somewhere. What's that story? What were your beginnings and how did you get to where you are now? What were the challenges, turning points, aha moments and lessons learned? Be creative -- this could be the story of how a team came together, how a product...
  • Blog Post: StartX and Microsoft Announce Strategic Partnership

    The future is made of collaborators working in innovation strongholds like StartX. This post was written by Claire Lee Last Thursday evening StartX Stanford, the university accelerator, hosted their Summer Class Demo Day. This was the largest class so far and – with my front row seat –...