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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
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
Israeli Research and Dev Center, Home to First Microsoft Israel Accelerator, Partners with Georgia Tech and Technion
The Microsoft R&D Center in Israel, through the Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure, has launched a cooperative effort with the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Technion. This cooperation is the first attempt in the world, out of Georgia Tech’s accelerator – Flashpoint –...
28 Aug 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
What are BitCoins Worth? Nothing (And More Wisdom from the BizSpark Community) by Chad Eaves
Wisdom comes from experience, they say. We agree. At BizSpark , we try to deliver bits of wisdom now and again to the community so that the founders, developers, engineers, and business folks out there in startup land can use it. We saw four founding teams succeed at DEMO Mobile 2013 last week, and we...
20 Apr 2013
Web Tour: What Others Are Saying About Your Startup
Well, they are not talking specifically about you, but the way these people are talking, it's wonder you are not listening to them. One of the common traps for startups is that they stop thinking about what didn't get them into the game in the first place. That's right, they fixate on what they are...
30 Jun 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
MediSafe Project: Starting a Tech Business is More Challenging Than Learning to Fly
We asked Israeli startup MediSafe Project to teach us something about what it means to work on a startup. As it turns out, the entrepreneur lifestyle is very challenging. According to MediSafe founder You can follow them on Twitter @MediSafeProject What have you learned about managing a technological...
6 Sep 2012
Meet the Winners of the New York Tech Meetup Windows 8 Hackathon: Purpella
The Windows 8 launch is right around the corner and recently Microsoft and New York Tech Meetup teamed up to host a workshop and hackathon @WeWork Lounge in NYC. This blog post was written by Neha Bhaskar , SR CHANNEL & ECOSYSTEM Marketing Manager at Microsoft, in NYC. There were some really...
19 Oct 2012
Paul Berry and RebelMouse Are Solving the Social Media Fragmented Identity Problem
A good, problem-solving approach to investment and company formation. That's Paul Berry, former CTO of The Huffington Post, and current CEO of RebelMouse , a social curation tool / platform that makes your social media doings so much more cohesive and manageable. Microsoft BizSpark , the free software...
3 May 2013
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
Technology That Speaks for Itself: Nova, from Swedish Firm Veridict
Here’s a situation with which we can all identify. You’re out of the office working from your smartphone, tablet or laptop and you are desperately trying to find out a crucial piece of information quickly. Sure, you can navigate the web but wouldn’t be easier if you could just ask a...
20 Jun 2013
Read About How Our Launch of the NYC AppLab Went Down at We Work
General Manager of Bing Fund Rahul Sood showed up in NYC this week to open up the new Windows App Lab. Here is how things went down at We Work Labs .
6 Dec 2012
Artist or Founder? Are You Telling The Right Narrative To Earn an Audience? by Kahlil Ashanti
What do artists and start-up founders have in common? There is one rather indiscriminate fact that ties them together: t he constant fight for audience attention. If you don't have an audience, you don't have sells, reputation, or legitimacy. This blog post was written by startup founder Kahlil Ashanti...
17 Jan 2013
Watch Freak'N Genius, Microsoft Accelerator Startup on the Seattle News Today
If you guys are around your computer around 4pm and 6:10pm PST, you can watch Microsoft Accelerator startup FreaknGenius on the news :
25 Jun 2012
The Three Coolest Israeli Startups, With Links to Personal Interviews with the Founders
Yesterday, we had our first Israeli Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure Demo Day, and it went off quite well. The Next Web's Alex Wilhelm wrote a spot on what he thought were the three coolest companies pitching their products. Here is the writeup . The Israel program accepted 11 companies...
7 Sep 2012
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...
24 Oct 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
FounderFuel Taking Applications for Fall 2012 -- Apply Here
As many of you might know, 11 teams just graduated from the FounderFuel ( http://founderfuel.com ) program as part of the Spring 2012 Cohort ( http://founderfuel.com/en/alumni ), and--you guessed it--applications are now open ( http://founderfuel.com/en/apply ) for the Fall 2012 Cohort! FounderFuel is...
8 Jun 2012
We Are Doing Things With Founder Dating, So That You Can Find Your Co-Founder
We asked Jessica Alter , co-founder and Chief Connector of Founder Dating , to tell us what has happened to Founder Dating since she started it a couple of years ago. And we thought we would run this at the same time as we announced that we are working with Founder Dating in 18 cities across North America...
8 Feb 2013
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
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
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