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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
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...
6 Aug 2012
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
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
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...
30 May 2012
Carlos Eduardo and Pratical One: Creating Your First Cloud-Based Logistics Data Company
How does a brand new logistical data company get up and running in Microsoft BizSpark? Turns out you can use a little bit of searching on the web, and depend on your business savvy partner to get ahead. But it's not easy. Many people in parts of the developing world will want to stay focused on using...
30 Jul 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Rahul Sood On The Hardest Task for a Founder and Book Club Recommendations
When you are building your company, you always end up facing that one hardest thing, or a myriad of hardest things. Every founder has experienced it, and if they haven’t, they really haven’t been a founder. At the most recent FailCon event , we dove into the hardest things Bing Fund general...
29 Oct 2012
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
Up Global: Startup Weekend and Startup America Form New Partnership to Build Entrepreneurs in a Big Way
Startup Weekend and the Startup America Partnership announced today that they will join together to create UP Global , a new organization supporting the creation of vibrant entrepreneurial communities around the world. With generous support from The Kauffman Foundation, the Case Foundation, Omidyar Network...
23 May 2013
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