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500 Strong(er) with Microsoft in 2013
Few things in life leave an impression quite like meeting Dave McClure…. The first time we met in person was at Le Web in December 2011. Here we are at Brian Solis’ birthday drinks at the Intercon in Paris, sandwiched between Oren from Mashery and our mutual good pal, 500 Startups...
19 Mar 2013
#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
Video: Interview Roundup of BizSpark Companies at #DEMO2012
We walked around and talked to the founders of some of the incredible BizSpark companies presenting in the pavilion at DEMO Fall. You can get inside information and a free peek at one of the most important conferences for startup, by visiting our live feed page (watch this instead of doing your work...
3 Oct 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
Carlos Eduardo and Pratical One: Creating Your First Cloud-Based Logistics Data Company
How does a brand new logistical data company get up and running in Microsoft BizSpark? Turns out you can use a little bit of searching on the web, and depend on your business savvy partner to get ahead. But it's not easy. Many people in parts of the developing world will want to stay focused on using...
30 Jul 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
Interview: BizSpark Startup Submittable Exits Y-Combinator Seeking 1 Million Customers
This BizSpark company just finished a term with Y-Combinator and is actively working with large clients in the media space as they scale to 1 million customers. We asked their CEO, Michael Fitzgerald, a few questions about their experience as a team running a successful startup. First, a little bit...
26 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
So You Want to Pitch Your Startup at a Global Event? Here's What You Need to Know
Start-up competition season is in full swing and a couple of the big ones - the annual TNW Europe and TechCrunch Disrupt NYC – are both coming up later this month (go BizSpark finalists!) So we thought it would be interesting to get some ‘behind the scenes’ viewpoints from start...
19 Apr 2013
New Offer from RightScale Helps Startups Scale on Azure
Starting this evening, it is now possible for BizSpark startups to use RightScale to ramp up quickly on Windows Azure. If you haven't looked into Microsoft BizSpark yet, this would be a good time to do so. BizSpark gives young startups making less than one million dollars in revenue some free software...
5 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
Doing Stuff with TechCocktail -- Be a Pal, Go to Their Party at SXSW This Year
Many of you have probably heard of the great things that Frank Gruber and Jen Consalvo do with TechCocktail, the rapidly growing entrepreneur evenings that are spreading across the nation. We certainly noticed them. That's why we recently partnered up with them to be at a few of their events. Tech...
5 Feb 2013
BizSpark Member and DEMO Africa Roundup
It's time to do a quick roundup of what African entrepreneurs did this past week, while they were building their companies. DEMO Africa ended on Friday, but that won't stop us from running our remaining interviews with some of the participants. Big congratulations go to two of our Microsoft BizSpark...
28 Oct 2012
People Don't Care About Your Product, They Care About Its Impact On Their Lives
Rather than help a consumer become more efficient, it's important to help them solve everyday, basic problems in their day. Simple, right? But this is the kind of statement that really bring value to having a mentor. We'd like to introduce another African entrepreneur. Patrick Ndjientcheu, who created...
10 Oct 2012
Microsoft For Africa
The latest plan for Microsoft in Africa is all about enabling African youth realize their full potential. Ali Faramawy, Corporate VP in MEA area, says: “For years, we have led the way in Africa: we opened many offices, hired hundreds of people, built a partner network, invested in education...
13 Jun 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
DEMO Africa: Make a Business Plan that Adapts to Tech Changes
DEMO Africa ended on Friday, but that won't stop us from running our remaining interviews with some of the participants. Before we do that, big congratulations go to two of our Microsoft BizSpark members, SASA Africa and Flowgear, who both came away with the coveted DEMO Lion title out of a field...
27 Oct 2012
DEMO Africa: Framework One, Doing It In the Cloud in Africa
Here's an amazing fact about Africa: You can fit nearly all of the land masses of nearly all of the most economically prolific countries in the world INSIDE Africa. See this graphic below, courtesy of a question on Quora. Here's another mind-blowing fact about Africa. The cloud computing industry...
12 Oct 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
Your Country Needs You! Register to Pitch at Reboot America
If you are a startup founder who wants to contribute to an improving economy, you can pitch at Reboot America , an inaugural event created by the folks at Startup America . Though the economy is creeping along slowly, our best chance for great economic growth lies in feeding innovation. This contest...
11 Oct 2012
Meet a Microsoft BizSpark Ambassador: Manoj Nathwani, Founder of Price Trakker at 17
My name is Manoj Nathwani and I founded Price Trakker when I was 17. Price Trakker is basically like a price comparison website. However, instead of tracking prices and feeding the data to the consumer like you or me - the data is fed to the actual company as a B2B service. This means if you are someone...
15 Oct 2012
Lean Startup: Look Before You Leap
If you're thinking about creating a startup, do your homework and learn about lean startup. Don't spend six months coding a product; prove that people want to buy it first. Check out Patrick Foley’s article from Visual Studio Magazine.
4 Jan 2012
A Hawk, A Lion, and a Bull All Step Up to a Digital Interactive Display and Make Advertising Interactive
Sounds like the beginning of a bad joke. It's actually just a promotion for a startup that uses busy intersections and photo-taking kiosks to promote brands using digital / social campaigns. On busy Michigan Avenue in Chicago stands one of those digital kiosk promoting a bank. It's an effort by Elevate...
27 Nov 2012
Prodibi: Swiss Rebels Give Due Respect to Web Photo Enthusiasts With Their BizSpark Software Innovation
While web-based video streaming and digital audio has become increasingly sophisticated, the quality of photograph images viewed online has lagged behind. At the moment, if someone was to try to upload a high quality image for viewing on a PC, tablet or smartphone, the size of the image would compromise...
13 May 2013
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