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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
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
#SXSW Is About Getting It Done
What a thrill to land in Austin two days ago and immediately start answering tweets and text messages, setting up meetings and designating meetup spots for official and unofficial -- business. When BizSpark travels, there is never a city we land in where there is not an entrepreneur, a partner organization...
9 Mar 2013
BizSpark Member Zirtual Raises $2 Million from Tony Hsieh and Others To Ramp Up Virtual Assistants
BizSpark member Zirtual is in the news today with founder Maren Kate Donovan securing $2 million in funding from Zappos founder Tony Hsieh and others . We interviewed Maren some time ago for our success stories project. Here is some of that interview again. What was the most difficult challenge...
14 Jan 2013
A Startup Weekend Video Starring... Not Macs
Here's what happens when you do a Startup Weekend at Microsoft . A little bit about what happened at The Garage.
19 Dec 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
Embedding at Stanford: Microsoft Teams Jump Into the Fray at Startup Weekend
Very few things in the Silicon Valley tech scene are more refreshing than observing a group of gung ho, disruption-focused Stanford students waiting to share their idea to a group of 150 of the best and the brightest. But Microsoft was born this way, so, when we sponsored the last Startup Weekend at...
13 Nov 2012
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
How Startup Weekend Played Out -- The Tweets, Pics, and Video Demos Your Parents Warned You About
There was a rush of Startup Weekend events this weekend. Here are a few of the tweets, photos and videos that came in during the events. We love seeing how fast these teams work together to create businesses, hacks, and usable stuff. The pitches were just about to begin in Kirkland: Pitch presentations...
12 Nov 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
Highlights from Startup Weekend Blacksburg
Our champions in DC area, Ashish Jaiman and Ed Donahue, were mentors at StartupWeekend Blacksburg just last week (Sept 14 th - 16 th ) held at Rackspace in Blacksburg. The event was a huge success, and our guy Ashish says “Wow, what a great event. We learnt a lot to learn about the students...
19 Sep 2012
Highlights from Startup Weekend Cape Town
From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil , people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies. Startup Weekend is a global initiative which started in the USA and over 500 events have been held in 90 countries to date. On...
19 Sep 2012
Highlights from Startup Weekend Cambodia
Startup Weekend Cambodia took place on 22 – 24 of June, with 80 registered participants becoming 8 teams . Microsoft Student Partners co-organized the event and participants were able to take advantage of Microsoft BizSpark. Congratulations to the three winning teams (and to Piseth and our local...
19 Sep 2012
Two South African Companies Headed to DEMO Africa After Startup Weekend Cape Town
An app that makes it easier for emergency services to connect in the field has won the Startup Weekend in Cape Town, South Africa . The winners will head to DEMO Africa in October to compete and to present in front of a panel of investors, entrepreneurs and other people. Virtual Firehouse’s...
5 Sep 2012
Roboticists Do It Better -- At Startup Weekend, Assembling Code and Mechanics in Meat Space
Robots are suddenly becoming a very attractive startup idea. Startup Weekend showed us that app development is a topical area that is chock full of ideas, but not well populated with executed business ideas. I will have a post on this later, but startup culture is a design and human interaction / problem...
20 Apr 2012
#SWBayMEGA Leader Ahmed Siddiqui Tells Us to Learn to Code During #DEMO2012
By: Ahmed Siddiqui, Startup Weekend San Francisco Bay Area Coordinator & Founder of Go Go Mongo! It seems like getting a technical co-founder is all the rage here in Silicon Valley. You have an awesome idea, and you have a killer application to YCombinator, and you know that if you land...
19 Apr 2012
Event Report - Startup Weekend Athens
Blog by Lydia Morazzani : 130 people, 20 mentors, 15 teams, 54 hours – Startup Magic Happening @MIC Greece Athens, Greece 4 th Startup Weekend Athens , February 10-12, 2012. © photo by Aurelija Sukeviciute Friday, February 10, 2012 3:00 pm- Mass Transport strikes create...
21 Mar 2012
Event Report - Christchurch Startup Weekend
Blog by Thiago Almeida : Event Details 24-26 February 2012 Westpac Business & Community Hub, Christchurch “If there is one city that is in the perfect space for entrepreneurship, it’s Christchurch, and I was blown away by the quality and passion of the...
13 Mar 2012
Startup Weekend Bangalore 2012
Guest blog by Kattayil Rajinish Menon 54 Hours | No Talk | All Action 100 Participants | 68 Business Ideas Pitched | 15 Startups Bootstrapped 3 Startups Declared Winners Startup Weekend Bangalore was a great success. Microsoft helped organize and host the event which attracted startups...
9 Feb 2012
One Weekend. 30 Ideas. 3 Winners.
And…. It’s a wrap. Phew. What an incredible few days. From Startup Weekend , to DEMO Fall , with Startup America . Here’s the premiere of our movie from the experience: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28u3Fd-n2S8 Today at #DEMOcon we reached the finale of our Startup...
14 Sep 2011
Mega Startup Weekend SV
Microsoft is hosting the largest Startup Weekend event ever in the Bay Area on September 9-11 at the Mountain View campus. In partnership with Demo and Startup America , this is the first time that Startup Weekend is running 3 verticals during the same weekend – with a focus on Healthcare, Education...
15 Aug 2011
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