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Interview with Yammer CEO David Sacks Starts at 3pm Pacific, April 25
Feel free to tweet us some questions for our live interview with David Sacks, CEO of Yammer . Tweet @bizspark to let us know you are listening.
25 Apr 2013
With a Kickstarter Campaign and Windows Phone 8 App Experience, Echoboom Scans Skies for Opportunities
There are so many games out there that it is very hard to do something new or different, but every now and then, one comes along that just stands out from the crowd with. Spanish start-up Echoboom has done just that, combining unique idea with strong game play in Dogfight . This multi-player game has...
24 Apr 2013
Dave McClure at Startup Organizer Summit: Start With Many Small Experiments, Fail Fast
If you have not read Dave McClure's thoughts on the 500 Startups business model , stop now, and go read it . If you are maybe looking for a bit of light reading that explains the whole theory, culture and practice of startups and why he does what he does, instead, go to his slide presentation given...
18 Mar 2013
Join Us For a Live Interview with Daniel Cowen, Founder of Echoer
We are running a full hour live interview on LiveStream with Daniel Cowen, founder of local conversation startup Echoer, about his choice to use Elance to help build his company. Join us February 14, 2013 at 4pm Pacific for the first in what will be a series of Founder conversations from the BizSpark...
13 Feb 2013
Doing Stuff with TechCocktail -- Be a Pal, Go to Their Party at SXSW This Year
Many of you have probably heard of the great things that Frank Gruber and Jen Consalvo do with TechCocktail, the rapidly growing entrepreneur evenings that are spreading across the nation. We certainly noticed them. That's why we recently partnered up with them to be at a few of their events. Tech...
5 Feb 2013
By 2020 There Will Be A Billion Entrepreneurs, And They Will be Women
If you want insight into the next billion entrepreneurs to generate new ideas, disruption and business in the future, here is a great infographic that we found at Funders and Founders . By the year 2020, the "third billion" starts doing business. Have you made plans to compete with this third billion...
9 Jan 2013
Bill Gates Keynotes SXSW and Other Things You Will Tell Your Kids One Day
To start off this bit of news, we recently found out our old commander-in-chief Bill Gates is going to be kicking off SXSW . How's that, hipsters!? From hipsters, we move to entrepreneurs. Namely, the entrepreneurs that have been slamming our Facebook page with advice, experience and narratives of...
8 Jan 2013
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 .
14 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
BizSpark Member and DEMO Africa Roundup
It's time to do a quick roundup of what African entrepreneurs did this past week, while they were building their companies. DEMO Africa ended on Friday, but that won't stop us from running our remaining interviews with some of the participants. Big congratulations go to two of our Microsoft BizSpark...
27 Oct 2012
DEMO Africa: Make a Business Plan that Adapts to Tech Changes
DEMO Africa ended on Friday, but that won't stop us from running our remaining interviews with some of the participants. Before we do that, big congratulations go to two of our Microsoft BizSpark members, SASA Africa and Flowgear, who both came away with the coveted DEMO Lion title out of a field...
27 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
Notes from FailCon: Why #Fail Could Be Your Biggest Catalyst for Growth
We work and live in a startup culture that prizes money, funding, success over things like failure, which is actually one of the most important things that can happen to a founder or a developer. This blog post was written by Douglas Crets, Community Manager for Microsoft BizSpark. For information...
25 Oct 2012
Analytics for Your Apps, Even in Offline Mode
MarkedUp, which offers analytics to mobile apps makers, is going after the growing Windows 8 apps market by offering a mobile apps analytic tool that will even tell you what your app is doing in people's hands when they are sitting in an airplane, or in other instances when they don't have their wireless...
23 Oct 2012
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...
15 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...
13 Oct 2012
DEMO Africa: Framework One, Doing It In the Cloud in Africa
Here's an amazing fact about Africa: You can fit nearly all of the land masses of nearly all of the most economically prolific countries in the world INSIDE Africa. See this graphic below, courtesy of a question on Quora. Here's another mind-blowing fact about Africa. The cloud computing industry...
12 Oct 2012
Your Country Needs You! Register to Pitch at Reboot America
If you are a startup founder who wants to contribute to an improving economy, you can pitch at Reboot America , an inaugural event created by the folks at Startup America . Though the economy is creeping along slowly, our best chance for great economic growth lies in feeding innovation. This contest...
11 Oct 2012
People Don't Care About Your Product, They Care About Its Impact On Their Lives
Rather than help a consumer become more efficient, it's important to help them solve everyday, basic problems in their day. Simple, right? But this is the kind of statement that really bring value to having a mentor. We'd like to introduce another African entrepreneur. Patrick Ndjientcheu, who created...
10 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
Get Inspired with Startup Weekend Perth's Team Gainspiration
How do you get inspired? Is inspiration random and accidental? I don't think that it is. I think that if you can create a structure, or a source, for finding inspiration, you can then expose yourself to a potential inspiration, or inspirations, every day. At its heart, an inspiration comes from...
8 Oct 2012
Video: Interview Roundup of BizSpark Companies at #DEMO2012
We walked around and talked to the founders of some of the incredible BizSpark companies presenting in the pavilion at DEMO Fall. You can get inside information and a free peek at one of the most important conferences for startup, by visiting our live feed page (watch this instead of doing your work...
3 Oct 2012
Microsoft For Africa
The latest plan for Microsoft in Africa is all about enabling African youth realize their full potential. Ali Faramawy, Corporate VP in MEA area, says: “For years, we have led the way in Africa: we opened many offices, hired hundreds of people, built a partner network, invested in education...
13 Jun 2012
Of Baristas and Accelerators: Do Entrepreneurs Ship or Serve?
Today I am going to visit the Microsoft Accelerator at 320 Westlake Avenue in Seattle. Incidentally, the Azure Accelerator is accepting applications for ten slots to be given to developers who want to build a company, an app or a service on the Azure platform. Microsoft is giving away three months of...
16 May 2012
#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
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