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#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
Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure -- A Dream of Instant Ambition, Realty Mogul
When I talked to Jilliene Helman of Realty Mogul I learned that a true entrepreneur is someone who takes the best of herself and makes something for her market. It is something precious and new, and it takes 100% commitment. Jilliene Helman, left, and co-founder Justin Hughes Jilliene and...
8 Jan 2013
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
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
Get Your Map of the Microsoft Development Platform World
This map comes from Microsoft Technical Evangelist Vitor Ciaramella. Feel free to share.
10 Jun 2013
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
Join Us For a Live Interview with Daniel Cowen, Founder of Echoer
We are running a full hour live interview on LiveStream with Daniel Cowen, founder of local conversation startup Echoer, about his choice to use Elance to help build his company. Join us February 14, 2013 at 4pm Pacific for the first in what will be a series of Founder conversations from the BizSpark...
13 Feb 2013
Microsoft 30 to Launch: Where You Can Make an App That Goes Into the Store
So, what do you do when you show up to an app building workshop in San Francisco to learn how to build Windows 8 apps? Well, you make an app and it goes into the store. Microsoft just closed their 30 to Launch in San Francisco on Monday. It was pretty cool. About three dozen app developers gathered...
27 Jun 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
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
Bill Gates Keynotes SXSW and Other Things You Will Tell Your Kids One Day
To start off this bit of news, we recently found out our old commander-in-chief Bill Gates is going to be kicking off SXSW . How's that, hipsters!? From hipsters, we move to entrepreneurs. Namely, the entrepreneurs that have been slamming our Facebook page with advice, experience and narratives of...
8 Jan 2013
Are You Ready to Think Next? Steve Ballmer and More will be in Tel Aviv Next Week
The Microsoft Research and Development Center Israel is hosting a new edition of Think Next starting Monday, November 5, and one of the highlights will be a keynote by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. In it, he sits down and talks to Avi Hasson, Israel's Chief Scientist. The guys in Israel decided they make...
1 Nov 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
A Cloud Curb Service -- Turning a Limousine Service into a Software and Cloud Services Vendor
When a man running information technology for a limousine company started testing out Windows System Center 2012 cloud feature, he turned his car service company into a company that could help other businesses . The Wall Street Journal has a great article today about Alan Bourassa, CIO of Empire CLS...
19 Apr 2012
The One Word You Don’t Use to Describe Your Mission-Driven Company
Here’s the simple story of how a simple app in the Windows Store gained 10,000 users in just a few short weeks. It’s all about not being perfect. This blog post was written by Douglas Crets, Community Manager of The Microsoft BizSpark Program, a community of 50,000+ startup companies and...
29 Jul 2013
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
Gaining Support for Brazilian Startups, a Brazilian Entrepreneur Tells All
Startup outlook in Brazil Being an entrepreneur in Brazil is a lesson in how to accept excitement and the roller coaster of dismay, elation, frustration and success. Despite the fact that there’s a lot of local problems (most of them well known), there are also a lot of opportunities and good...
8 Oct 2012
Cloud First, Cloud Often -- Leveraging the "Tectonic Shift" to the Cloud with Mobile Apps
To cloud your app or not to cloud your app…That is the question! According to Juniper Research , between 2009 and 2014 the market for cloud-based mobile apps is projected to increase by nearly 90%. This projection asserts my conviction that the marriage between mobile apps and cloud is proving...
7 Jun 2012
Reduce Startup Taxes and Make Starting Up Easier for European Entrepreneurs -- Alessandro Rizzoli, Founder and CEO of Mopapp
Across different countries in Europe, more needs to be done to give start-ups tax reductions during their early years. We are creating new jobs, so it is in the interest of the European economy to help us, because we are the employers of the future. Governments need to take a longer term view. --Alessandro...
22 May 2012
#Windows Phone: Building an App Culture and Ecosystem in Education and in E-Reading
All sorts of guessing and excitement about the new Microsoft investment in Barnes & Noble today . One thing is certain, Microsoft is all about the cloud and putting apps on devices. From the press release: One of the first benefits for customers will be a NOOK application for Windows 8, which...
30 Apr 2012
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