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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
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
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
Why Should I Apply for the Windows Azure Accelerator Powered by Tech Stars?
The Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure, Powered by Tech Stars will have its first of two demo days starting January 17 in Seattle. Then they will move down to Silicon Valley to close out the month with a demo day in front of investors there. If you are thinking about applying to the second Windows...
15 Jan 2013
Follow the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon Pitches Here
Watch our Microsoft Evangelist team present their app, Play it Forward, which they hacked together in 24 hours at TechCrunch Disrupt. It's an app that allows you to give people good karma points for helping you, while keeping track of all the good karma you earn. They will be presenting in spot 42...
9 Sep 2012
The Trust That Builds Awesome -- Socedo Graduates from Accelerator Thinking About the Future
Kevin Yu, one half of Socedo, tells me that he has an infinite amount of trust in Aseem Badshah, his co-founder. It's something that I hear so often from startup founders that I actually don't pay much attention to it. But then, I go over my notes from our interview, and I notice something. This post...
11 Jan 2013
SwitchCam: Perfect Startup Mentor? MacGyver, Obviously
Remember how MacGyver used to take pencils, a piece of gum, a mirror shard and an armadillo paw and make a nuclear detonator out of it to escape his captors? Yes, that's how you build a start-up. It's not that far from the truth. Startup founders need a more than a healthy dose of ingenuity -- to...
12 Sep 2012
A Photosynth Look at the First 30 to Launch Windows 8 Workshop
Evangelist Kevin Ashley took this photo. He used the Photosynth app on the Windows phone to document the first Windows 8 App Challenge we put on in San Francisco . We had about 42 people in the room drinking beer, eating pizza and listening to some design lessons that help developers put their ideas...
5 Jun 2012
Microsoft Accelerator: Seattle Pretty Much Just Blew Up With Startup Goodness
Whew. That's over. That was some crazy Microsoft Accelerator for Kinect Business that just went down last week. Here's a review of it, if you have not seen anything about the eleven companies that demo'd their work at the Demo Day on Friday. Step into the Realm Links and pictures for your entertainment...
2 Jul 2012
Watch Freak'N Genius, Microsoft Accelerator Startup on the Seattle News Today
If you guys are around your computer around 4pm and 6:10pm PST, you can watch Microsoft Accelerator startup FreaknGenius on the news :
25 Jun 2012
Microsoft Accelerator Taking Applications Until June 29 -- Free Azure Hosting to Build Stuff
Sam Rosenbalm, BizSpark Managing Director, has been mentoring and visiting with entrepreneurs at the Kinect Accelerator class in Seattle since April. He’s also helped dozens of startups around the world figure out how to leverage Windows technology to build supported sustainable apps and companies...
25 May 2012
First-Ever EU AppCup Competition Yields Windows 8 Innovations
If the discussions over the coffee breaks were any indication, delegates at the annual IAMCP Summit in Brussels all seemed to agree it was a great success, but for me the highlight was the first-ever EU AppCup competition. This post was written by Soha Hohnecker, Software Startup Lead at Microsoft...
20 Mar 2013
What is the Startup Weekend Global Startup Battle?
Developers have been asking me about what Microsoft BizSpark will do to get more developers and startup people together around the world. Well, it turns out our partners at Startup Weekend have more than we had bargained for. I didn't know what it was, but I kept seeing this awesome graphic about the...
12 Nov 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
Announcing the Launch of Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure
We’ve decided that offering accelerator classes for startups using Microsoft resources will not be a fad. Starting today, we are launching the Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure. All that means is that for the next 13 weeks, ten startups from all over the world will be working on mobile apps...
1 Oct 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
Rocking It at Tech Crunch Italy -- A Collective of BizSpark Startups Hit the Villa Borghese
Tech Crunch Italy rocked it. This blog post is written by Mario Fontana, Microsoft Architect Evangelist in Western Europe. On 27 th September, the inaugural TechCrunch Italy kicked off in Rome, giving some of the country’s coolest startups a chance to showcase their talents, as well as...
30 Sep 2012
Investors at Microsoft Silicon Valley to Experience Demo Day with Israeli Startups September 6
Today is the first ever Microsoft Accelertor for Windows Azure -- Israel Demo Day. Today, dozens of investors and startups from Israel come to Silicon Valley headquarters in Mountain View to experience pitches from some dudes and dudettes who have flown over 8,000 miles to experience the deep connections...
6 Sep 2012
Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure -- The Israeli Demo Day Edition
Yesterday, about 40 VC / Angels showed up to the Microsoft Silicon Valley headquarters, and listened and interacted with a few Israeli startups that are a part of the Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure running in the Israeli Here are some notes taken from Laura Wigod, who curates some of the...
7 Sep 2012
What Is the AngelHack Mentality? Inside the Mind of the First AngelHacker, Greg Gopman
In his t-shirt and jeans, Greg Gopman, the founder of AngelHack , looks like any other hacker / programmer, guy trying to make his way in the world of Silicon Sunsets and Sand Hill dreams. But a soon-to-be global series of hackathons led Microsoft BizSpark's Douglas Crets to sit down with the man and...
12 Aug 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
Kushal Shah Wants to Destroy Cold Calling -- Meet O Funnel, a Windows Azure Accelerator Startup
On June 21, the Windows Azure Accelerator powered by TechStars will showcase a number of startups for its Seattle Demo Day. we will be there. To prepare you all for it, we are going to be showing off some of the startups ahead of time. Here's one of them, a startup called OFunnel , which hopes to...
4 Jun 2013
DreamIt and Microsoft Help Startups Dream, Then Do
I was first introduced to Arie Abecassis, one of the Managing Partners at DreamIt Ventures, back in June this year. At the time, we were doing our bit to support DreamIt programs on the ground in NYC and Philly, a little in Israel, but Arie was keen to do [much] more with Microsoft BizSpark, and told...
1 Nov 2012
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