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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
Notes from FailCon: Why #Fail Could Be Your Biggest Catalyst for Growth
We work and live in a startup culture that prizes money, funding, success over things like failure, which is actually one of the most important things that can happen to a founder or a developer. This blog post was written by Douglas Crets, Community Manager for Microsoft BizSpark. For information...
25 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
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
Amir Pinchas: Startup Adrenaline
It’s BizSpark European Summit rehearsal day and the level of adrenalin here at Microsoft’s London offices – where we’ve got 15 start-ups all being put through their paces ahead of tomorrow’s big day – is high. Like we do every year, we provide the finalists in tomorrow’s...
6 Jun 2012
BizSpark Members Pitch Their Startups in Less Than 140 Characters
Here are today's #BZPitch pitches. When you sign up to Microsoft BizSpark , you are introduced to literally hundreds of thousands of people working on over 50,000 startups. To take advantage of this, sign up. When your application is approved, dive in on Facebook , Twitter, and in LinkedIn. ...
6 Jun 2013
MediSafe Project: Starting a Tech Business is More Challenging Than Learning to Fly
We asked Israeli startup MediSafe Project to teach us something about what it means to work on a startup. As it turns out, the entrepreneur lifestyle is very challenging. According to MediSafe founder You can follow them on Twitter @MediSafeProject What have you learned about managing a technological...
6 Sep 2012
BetaWorks: "A Collection of Things" and Looking Holistically at the Wild West of Social Web
In 2011, BetaWorks CEO John Borthwick and his management team gave back $27 million "and then some" to investors, according to a recent TechCrunch Disrupt interview (see below), and then they topped up the tank for another few millions in investment to keep building what is emerging as a suite of media...
3 Jun 2013
Technology That Speaks for Itself: Nova, from Swedish Firm Veridict
Here’s a situation with which we can all identify. You’re out of the office working from your smartphone, tablet or laptop and you are desperately trying to find out a crucial piece of information quickly. Sure, you can navigate the web but wouldn’t be easier if you could just ask a...
20 Jun 2013
Gaming Your Education
Most students graduate facing the challenge of getting a job, but Chai Botta, the CEO of GameIn this isn’t a problem. He and his co-founders are already running their own successful start-up, with a fast-growing game in the Windows 8 store, even though some of them are still in full-time education...
10 Jan 2013
Artist or Founder? Are You Telling The Right Narrative To Earn an Audience? by Kahlil Ashanti
What do artists and start-up founders have in common? There is one rather indiscriminate fact that ties them together: t he constant fight for audience attention. If you don't have an audience, you don't have sells, reputation, or legitimacy. This blog post was written by startup founder Kahlil Ashanti...
17 Jan 2013
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
The Most Important Links for Startups from Microsoft BizSpark -- January 29, 2013
Investors are pointing to a rising M&A trend for the enterprise and startups ecosystem. Windows Challenges are ending, and new contests are beginning. We are still taking applications for the second class of the Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure powered by Tech Stars. and we have put together...
28 Jan 2013
The Three Coolest Israeli Startups, With Links to Personal Interviews with the Founders
Yesterday, we had our first Israeli Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure Demo Day, and it went off quite well. The Next Web's Alex Wilhelm wrote a spot on what he thought were the three coolest companies pitching their products. Here is the writeup . The Israel program accepted 11 companies...
7 Sep 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
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
Why Should a Startup Founder Use Elance? Outsourcing to Grow, A Founder's Experience
I've heard this question framed in debates online and in offline events. It is as if there is a natural definition of a startup as being exclusively "home grown." If you use anything other than yourself, your laptop, your own team and the funds that you have at your disposal, you are not developing a...
19 Jan 2013
Wappwolf Is Wawesome -- An Automated File Workflow Process
Pun aside, Wappwolf is based at Rocketspace on Fremont Street in San Francisco . Roland Trimmel, who is from Austria, manages the marketing and strategy for the company. He is here in this video with the team, also from Austria. They have an automation app for documents put into dropbox that is easy...
27 Apr 2012
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