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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 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
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
Prevent Bureaucratic Snafus with ID2Doc, a Bulgarian Disruption
A startup founder in Bulgaria is trying to make it easier for you to transfer information from ID and other public record documents to paperwork, so that you don't make costly mistakes that waste your time, and get bureaucrats all in a kerfluffle. This interview is from one of our ambassadors in Europe...
11 Oct 2012
M Is For ... The Death of Marketing?
There is something strange and beguiling about startup marketing. On the one hand, you shouldn't have to do any marketing at all, right? After all, your product sells and distributes itself by being functional, consumer-centric, or specific to the enterprise problem it solves. You shouldn't HAVE to tell...
28 Apr 2013
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...
13 Sep 2012
Schedule: Startuplandia Interviews with Up and Coming and Established Entrepreneurs and Investors
We are building up our Microsoft BizSpark Startuplandia Interviews schedule and it's getting really good. Almost all of May is booked with special guests, and here they are. We're still waiting to hear back from a very special guest from the Bay Area for May 30. We will update you as soon as we know...
6 May 2013
DEMO Africa: Pieter Nel, CEO, Kuza
Get firsthand information from one of South and East Africa's up and coming mobile solutions, Kuza Mobile founder Pieter Nel . this guy helped create Africa's largest social network, and now he's on to a mobile e-commerce solution that will help entrepreneurs do all the most basic and important functions...
8 Oct 2012
Getting Ready for DEMO Africa: Our Brief Interview With Collins Mugume, Founder of Meka
DEMO Africa is only a few days away. So, to get ready, we are showcasing interviews from nearly a dozen we have done with some of the 40 entrepreneurs who are slated to demo or launch at DEMO Africa October 24 . Here is Collins Mugume, founder of Meka . How do you know when you are failing in product...
15 Oct 2012
DEMO Africa's Super Stars: Michael Ocansey, CEO of Kuzima
Michael Ocansey, CEO, Kuzima is one of ten entrepreneurs we are featuring during our run up to DEMO Africa, October 26, 2012 in Nairobi, Kenya. Who is your mentor, and what was the last great thing he or she told you and your team? Mark Davies is the CEO of eSoko and a great user interface...
29 Sep 2012
What FakeGrimlock Knows and When He Knows It -- Following Your Success to the Next Nectar Origin Will Make Your Startup Real
Are you in the matrix? Is the Twitter handle itself a complete distribution system for what you know and when you know it? Is it a time stamp? What is social media, if just a hyper aware network of nodes that know more than you know, but that are accentuated in their knowledge discourse when you talk...
13 Nov 2012
DEMO Africa: SASA Builds E-Commerce for the Emerging Billions
Congratulations to SASA Africa, one of five DEMO Lions at DEMO Africa , which wrapped up today in Nairobi. SASA Africa is a BizSpark company managed by Ella Peinovich. We asked Ella some questions about what it is like being an entrepreneur in Africa, and we are running her interview this morning...
26 Oct 2012
DEMO Africa Super Stars: Alison Jacobson, CEO, Firestring
Meet Alison Jacobson, CEO of Firestring , one of the DEMO Africa Final 40 set to pitch at the event on October 24-26 in Nairobi . Here's her pitch for Firestring, as found on the VC4 Africa site : Firestring is a technology company leading the field of semantic technology leveraging social architecture...
16 Oct 2012
DEMO Africa: Natalino Mwenda's Dream Proves Small Iterations Make Huge Impacts
I've never been to Dar Es Salaam, but I imagine that methodologies that spark innovation there will be just as useful in Germany or in Amsterdam. This is especially true when the broadly-based idea that makes virtually all startups alike is that they lack resources, but that their teams are not short...
16 Oct 2012
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