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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
Spanish Innovation -- Solving Unemployment with Apps and Startups
How do you beat unemployment? You spark a startup movement with education initiatives and a focus on being global. Elisa Garcia Ananzo leads Microsoft’s next generation focus in Spain, working closing with students, academia, start-ups and investors to support the innovators and entrepreneurs...
3 Nov 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
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
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
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
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
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
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...
5 Dec 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
Reversing the Brain Drain in Nepal
One of the real benefits of technology we have been able to provide to rural Nepal has been to teach digital literacy skills to middle-aged women who need to get connected with their family members working abroad. Nepalese members of the diaspora are responsible for sending millions of dollars back to...
27 Dec 2012
BizSpark Partners and Microsoft Accelerator In The News
It's been a heavy media day around here. Some reporters from Endgadget and Bloomberg just got back from their trip to see the Microsoft Accelerator in Seattle. Photo courtesy Bloomberg The Endgadget piece focuses on several of the startup accelerator participants , like Freak'nGenius: Freak...
23 May 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...
28 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
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
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
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
The Next Big Enterprise Software Play Eats Zombies -- Look at RedCritter
Sitting in your office? Look around. Notice anything weird? That guy chewing on brains? A whole host of new gamification companies are trying to zap zombies at the office, so that project managers can focus more on productivity and less on brainsssss. This blog post was written by Brian Gorbett, Developer...
8 Jul 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
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
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
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...
9 Oct 2012
Startup Continent: Lions@frica Teams with Nokia, Microsoft and DEMO to Support Africa v2.0 at World Economic Forum
Today at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, high-level representatives from the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development, African Development Bank, Microsoft, Nokia, info Dev, DEMO, and the World Economic Forum launched a new partnership to promote...
9 May 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
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