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  • Blog Post: New 30 to Launch Event in Seattle

    We've had a lot of signups for the 30 to Launch Series for Windows 8 happening at Rocketspace in San Francisco in June . So, we've decided to open another one in Seattle. Here are the details. Photo courtesy of Ttstam on Flickr under Creative Commons license Seattle 30 to Launch...
  • 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: New Offer from RightScale Helps Startups Scale on Azure

    Starting this evening, it is now possible for BizSpark startups to use RightScale to ramp up quickly on Windows Azure. If you haven't looked into Microsoft BizSpark yet, this would be a good time to do so. BizSpark gives young startups making less than one million dollars in revenue some free software...
  • Blog Post: The 54 Hour Journey -- Startup Weekend Kirkland

    Microsoft Technical Evangelist Steve Seow takes us through the 54 hours of glory that go into doing a Startup Weekend and coming out of it with something awesome. And if no product, at least a bunch of great friends. You can get in touch with Steve on Twitter @SteveSeow .
  • Blog Post: Meet a Microsoft BizSpark Ambassador: Manoj Nathwani, Founder of Price Trakker at 17

    My name is Manoj Nathwani and I founded Price Trakker when I was 17. Price Trakker is basically like a price comparison website. However, instead of tracking prices and feeding the data to the consumer like you or me - the data is fed to the actual company as a B2B service. This means if you are someone...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Developer Evangelist Hackers Enter TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon -- Follow Them on Twitter

    For the first time ever, Microsoft has entered its evangelists in the Tech Crunch Disrupt Hackathon . You can follow them on Twitter. You can follow this list on Twitter to connect with them: The TechCrunch Disrupt 2012 Microsoft Hackers Or follow their individual tweets. The hashtags are #tcdisrupt...
  • Blog Post: Three Node.js Bootcamps Coming to West Coast -- Learn Node.js From the Bottom Up

    Node.js is a server side software system designed for writing scalable Internet applications, notably web servers. Programs are written on the server side in JavaScript, using event-driven, asynchronous I/O to minimize overhead and maximize scalability. Four of these events are happening on the West...
  • Blog Post: Reza Alizadeh, Architect Evangelist Wins Facebook Hackathon

    Microsoft's awesome developer evangelist Reza Alizadeh won the Facebook-Heroku hackathon a couple of weeks ago. This was a big deal. Reza went on to TechCrunch last weekend and participated in that hackathon with a team of about four other evangelist . That story is here , and here . We were waiting...
  • Blog Post: Run a Startup and Need a Partner? Check Out This Map, and Get Going

    Written by Douglas Crets, Developer Evangelist, Microsoft Bizspark What is the most amazing thing about building a startup? Entrepreneurs tell us that more than anything else, it's the ability to change the world in some way. That's speaking kind of broadly, and usually it means they have found a...
  • Blog Post: Why We Are Using Geekli.st -- Hyper Community

    When I met Reuben Katz, it was during one of my walks through Rocketspace in San Francisco, where I usually go to see what new startups are being worked on by the intelligentsia and the hard-working developers of the world. Geekli.st , Katz's project, proved to be something of great interest. It's...
  • Blog Post: Live Stream: iOS Developers Grab Insights on How to Develop for Windows 8

    We're running a live stream of this really fascinating iOS camp for Windows 8 Development . About Big Nerd Ranch BNR is a training company focused on teaching iOS programming languages. They actually started out training Apple developers’ Cocoa API. It’s co-founder, Aaron Hillegass...
  • Blog Post: What is the Startup Weekend Global Startup Battle?

    Developers have been asking me about what Microsoft BizSpark will do to get more developers and startup people together around the world. Well, it turns out our partners at Startup Weekend have more than we had bargained for. I didn't know what it was, but I kept seeing this awesome graphic about the...
  • Blog Post: Death Is Real, Your App Better Have Meaning

    Death is an easy metaphor, because it's so huge, and it commands attention. And tech reporting uses it. A lot. But what if you, like, really die? What perspective does that bring you? This post is written by Douglas Crets, the Community Manager for Microsoft BizSpark Chip Conley, former CEO...
  • Blog Post: Reshma Sohoni: "Don't Divorce Mobile and Desktop" -- They Need Each Other

    Tomorrow is the first day of the BizSpark Euro Summit 2012 . To prepare, we asked a few of the judges some questions about startups, mobile and the culture of apps. We caught up with Reshma Sohoni, who is one of the co-founders of SeedCamp. Here's what she had to say about what she looks for as a judge...
  • Blog Post: This Week's Best Developer and Entrepreneur Conversations on Facebook

    Facebook has a really poor way of archiving and curating great conversations. Since Facebook is basically collecting all the data for itself, you can't really keep track of it. That's why every week we take the time to archive the great conversations here, so that you can use them for your benefit, and...
  • Blog Post: This is Why Entrepreneurs Do It Themselves

    If you have been in any kind of investing and building game while trying to get your startup traction, you are probably aware of the singlemost nagging problem entrepreneurs face: building a startup is just not very easy to accomplish. The reason is really structural, and it's not just because startup...
  • Blog Post: #SXSW Is About Getting It Done

    What a thrill to land in Austin two days ago and immediately start answering tweets and text messages, setting up meetings and designating meetup spots for official and unofficial -- business. When BizSpark travels, there is never a city we land in where there is not an entrepreneur, a partner organization...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Windows 8 Building: Workshops on June 14

    Some of you may have heard about the live workshops we are doing for developers in Seattle and San Francisco . They are opportunities to do some hands-on Windows 8 app building, while being face-to-face with devleopers, architects and other smart people who can help them build their ideas into the new...
  • Blog Post: JamPot is Northern Ireland's Way of Saying "You Can Build Apps, Too"

    Belfast built the Titanic. They can build apps -- or an app builder -- too. An app store model that lets you build complicated apps without developers has made something of a splash in Northern Ireland. JamPot has amassed 25,000 users building an untold number of apps. JamPot Technologies was a winner...
  • Blog Post: Inside Windows Phone -- How a Code Becomes a Game

  • Blog Post: Peer Into Real Time Usage with Tap-O-Mizer, a Microsoft BizSpark Startup Tool Released This Weekend

    The continually morphing Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 ecosystem added another feature this weekend as one of our Microsoft BizSpark members, Ilija Injac, delivered to the Windows Azure market a new app for Windows developers. Introducing TapMap , a heatmap extension for Windows developers. TapMap...