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Join BizSpark for a Studio Taping of The BizSpark Show with Special Guest Joni Cobb, PIPELINE CEO
Join a studio filled with Silicon Valley's Microsoft BizSpark members via our Livestream on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 3pm Pacific . We will talk with Joni Cobb, CEO and President of PIPELINE , a community of entrepreneurs based in Kansas City. We will interview Joni and some of our local...
5 Dec 2013
Instagram Video and Facebook in Asia -- We Chat Live with David Weekly, Facebook Developer Advocate
Douglas Crets is talking with David Weekly, Facebook's Developer Advocate for Asia, at 3pm Pacific on livestream. You might know David from his time at HackerDojo, which he founded. He recently joined Facebook as their new developer advocate for Asia. David Weekly is Facebook's new Developer Advocate...
20 Jun 2013
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
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
Schedule: Startuplandia Interviews with Up and Coming and Established Entrepreneurs and Investors
We are building up our Microsoft BizSpark Startuplandia Interviews schedule and it's getting really good. Almost all of May is booked with special guests, and here they are. We're still waiting to hear back from a very special guest from the Bay Area for May 30. We will update you as soon as we know...
6 May 2013
Building In Babel -- How Babelverse Fights Bureaucracy and Soothes Incumbent Anxiety, Slowly
Building in Babel – Fighting the Glaciers of Bureacracy and Incumbents When You Are Being a Revolutionary “we intend, purposefully, to go slow,” says Josef Dunne, co-founder of 500 Startups graduate Babelverse, a realtime brokerage for live translation services. But sometimes going...
5 May 2013
Practice Your Music: Bringing Harmony to a Tech-Music Business
So what’s it like to launch an app, if your company is from completely outside the tech business? This was the situation facing Spanish start-up Practice Your Music , as CEO and founder Unai Goikolea explains. “We are from the music industry: we own a recording studio and run a music...
4 May 2013
Should You Work For a Startup That Displays Market Apathy?
Have you ever thought about market apathy? This is my phrase for a startup founder, or team, that is so focused on product that they forget or do not consider the emotional choices of the market they want to serve. How can this be true? It's a lot truer than you think. This post was written by Douglas...
27 Apr 2013
Tech Cocktail This Week: A Lesson in Humility
Every week we show you something that was amazing in TechCocktail. , one of our partners. Here's this week's example, a talk on humility by David Crenshaw, a business coach.
22 Mar 2013
Three Pieces of Advice from Tech Cocktail
Through our partnership with TechCocktail , we have three pieces of advice for entrepreneurs building their own companies. Video Alex Chang of One Technologies and his simple advice for entrepreneurs . Since 2000, Alex has amassed considerable entrepreneurial experience to share with others...
15 Feb 2013
The Search for a Business Model -- Being Temporary In a World Desperately Seeking Profitability
Many people tell me that they have a great idea and that as soon as they get enough customers they will be profitable. That may be true for any startup. But something else makes a startup successful. And that is all about the search. Steve Blank, the famed entrepreneur and author of the The Startup...
25 Jan 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
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
"Load it, check it, quick - rewrite it, Plug it, play it, burn it, rip it" -- What Daft Punk Teaches About Tech
The title of this text is a piece of a Daft Punk’s song called Technology. Though this song was written a few years ago, it still incites me to the feeling that to do something right we must do many things in a short time, and in an automated way. Do it now and faster. It is a call for action....
5 Nov 2012
Meet a Microsoft BizSpark Ambassador: Arunava Chatterjee, WebWizard Technologies
BizSpark has grown so large that it now covers over 100 countries and about 50,000 startups. We have recently started a BizSpark Ambassador series , which takes you into the minds of startuppers around the world, and helps you get a view to what is actually happening on the ground in various countries...
14 Oct 2012
YouthSpark Update: Startups Create Twice the Value for Economies Like Estonia Than In Other Countries
If you are going to tinker with robotics, mobile app building and anything that a strong developer toolkit could produce, you are going to want to do it in Estonia, according to this TechCrunch report . Young people who get involved with these projects, and then turn to building their own apps and startups...
6 Oct 2012
Why Leo Tolstoy Was Right About Startups: A Croatian Entrepreneur Tells All
In Leo Tolstoy's great, and epic, novel Anna Karenina , he starts off his tome by stating: " Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." For Croatians, there's a lot of history in quoting a Russian like Tolstoy. And if you ask any Croatian what it's like to be in...
16 Sep 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
Doing Good Things for Startups, Who Do Good Things for People, Who Do Good for Everyone's Future
We've been engaged in a little bit of diplomacy lately. Claire Lee, who is in charge of partnerships for the Emerging Business Team that houses BiZSpark, is in Washington, DC today at the 2012 Global Diaspora Forum discussing how to make connections to the diaspora community. The people who move to other...
25 Jul 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
Check Out the Imagine Cup with Jessica Watson, Youngest Person to Sail Around The World
The Microsoft Imagine Cup brings together students from all over the world and asks them to use their creativity and passion for technology to help solve the world’s toughest problems. This year is the 10 th anniversary of Imagine Cup and over this period, we have more than 1.65M students from...
22 Jun 2012
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
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
#Microsoft Azure Accelerator is a Catalyst for Boosting Startups -- Inside a #Microsoft Incubator
People think that software engineers just sit around and solve problems. The truth is, no problem really becomes a problem unless there is some human interaction in the real world that highlights the friction between the human and that difficulty. Engineering and the software they create is not really...
26 Apr 2012
BikiniGate at #SWBayMEGA -- What It Means to Build an App and Speak for a Culture
Post written by Douglas Crets, Developer Evangelist for Microsoft BizSpark It will go down as BikiniGate. A team of developers flashes images of bikini-clad women on screen during their pitch and Q&A with investors at MEGA Startup Weekend , and one of the investors speaks up. What results is a...
17 Apr 2012
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