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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
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
New Round of Applications Opens for Second Windows Azure Accelerator
If you are working on an app, or trying to build a company using the cloud, mobile, or any other device you have laying around the house, you may want to check out this new Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure . It's the second in what is looking to be a series of Accelerators that help startups partner...
20 Dec 2012
We Had Like A Bazillion Discussions on BizSpark's Facebook Group This Week. Join Us
You can get the whole overview here: twitter widget
22 Mar 2013
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
Facebook Promoted Posts: A Tool You Need In Your Startup Kit
After the IPO, what will $5 get you in Facebook? Turns out, plenty. After this months rocky but massively important IPO, we are really starting to see changes in how Facebook is trying to monetize their platform. Many of you have seen an additional button on Facebook posts on your brand page that says...
11 Jun 2012
What Kinect Technology Means To Me: The Poetry of Machines
There may be a bunch of lazy kids out there who don't get enough exercise, but the future trend is pretty clear, even in a digital age, we are moving into an age of kinetic discovery, communication and relationship building. Creativity will be a standard by which we will have to be measured, because...
29 Jun 2012
From Stereoscopic to Simple -- How Jintronix Went from Complicated to Kinect at the Microsoft Accelerator
At Jintronix, we use the Microsoft Kinect for Windows to capture a patient’s motions, allowing them to participate in meaningful and fun physical rehabilitation. This was not always the case. T his post was written for BizSpark by Max Graham, Jintronix Public Relations Director. Jintronix is a...
23 Jun 2012
There Is No Signal In Your Signal Anymore: Why Startup Marketing Needs a Six Step Social Marketing Methodology
Many of the startups in our 50,000+ membership roll have asked our team for some advice on social media marketing. Many of the founders ask, "How can I get more visibility for my startup?"; "What are some tricks for rapid social media or viral marketing?" Douglas Crets is the Community Manager for...
8 Jul 2013
Hey Bro: The Three Startup Pitches That Will Have Investors Screaming for More
After seeing hundreds of startup pitches at startup competitions and Startup Weekend events, I’ve come to realize that there are three types of pitches that almost always win. When I refer to winning pitches, I am being agnostic to the industry or technology and referring more to how the pitch...
10 Sep 2012
Guest Post: Adam Peterson, CEO, Vipecloud: Other People's Marketing
Most entrepreneurs are familiar with the term Other People’s Money. In fact, some believe Other People’s Money is the simplest definition of doing business. There is another OPM that is in many ways just as important, and that is O ther P eople’s M arketing. Adam Peterson, CEO of...
25 May 2012
Score a Date with Big Data Before Valentine's Day
This will make your geeky little heart skip a beat. So sick and tired of Valentine's Day. Right? If only there was something much more interesting, someone much more captivating, someone who really understood me for me. Someone who knew what it means to de-dup and use cloud storage like it was really...
25 Jan 2013
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