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Kushal Shah Wants to Destroy Cold Calling -- Meet O Funnel, a Windows Azure Accelerator Startup
On June 21, the Windows Azure Accelerator powered by TechStars will showcase a number of startups for its Seattle Demo Day. we will be there. To prepare you all for it, we are going to be showing off some of the startups ahead of time. Here's one of them, a startup called OFunnel , which hopes to...
4 Jun 2013
New Flexibility Comes to Windows Azure Benefits for Microsoft BizSpark Startups
Today, Windows Azure announced enhancements and changes in the Windows Azure Offer available to BizSpark members through their MSDN subscriptions. For a comprehensive review of the changes, you should read Scott Guthrie's two blog posts about the matter: Windows Azure: Announcing New Dev/Test Offering...
3 Jun 2013
Peer Into Real Time Usage with Tap-O-Mizer, a Microsoft BizSpark Startup Tool Released This Weekend
The continually morphing Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 ecosystem added another feature this weekend as one of our Microsoft BizSpark members, Ilija Injac, delivered to the Windows Azure market a new app for Windows developers. Introducing TapMap , a heatmap extension for Windows developers. TapMap...
28 May 2013
Azure in the Valley: Microsoft Accelerator in Tel Aviv Visits Microsoft Silicon Valley
Israeli Windows Azure Demo Day comes has come and gone twice, and this time there is evidence of strong growth in the class members. Last year's class received on average $900,000 in venture funding per startup. This year, the group doing a tour of investment circles and having meetings with companies...
9 May 2013
Israel Microsoft Accelerator Opens Applications for Third Class
The 13 companies that the Israel Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure selected for the second batch are already hard at work preparing for their demo days in Israel and Silicon Valley, and the team in Tel Aviv is now looking for the next batch of trail-blazing, top-notch startups to take advantage...
3 Apr 2013
What Is it Like to Go Through the Israeli Microsoft Accelerator
Alan Weinkrantz ran into Kobi Stok and his guitar at SXSW this week. Weinkrantz asked Kobi what it was like to develop something for Windows Azure and if it was easy to work with Microsoft in their Accelerator program in Tel Aviv. Kobi answered in the affirmative, even saying that the folks at Microsoft...
14 Mar 2013
The First Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure Demo Day -- Powered by Tech Stars
Yesterday we wrapped up the Accelerator experience with TechStars in Seattle with our Demo Day. The packed event included more than 400 registered attendees, including 110 investors to watch 10 startups pitch their ventures. The demo day is one of two we are having this month. The next one will be in...
19 Jan 2013
Why Should I Apply for the Windows Azure Accelerator Powered by Tech Stars?
The Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure, Powered by Tech Stars will have its first of two demo days starting January 17 in Seattle. Then they will move down to Silicon Valley to close out the month with a demo day in front of investors there. If you are thinking about applying to the second Windows...
15 Jan 2013
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
How Can I Get Microsoft to Write About My Startup? It's Easy!
This is a question we get so many times, its worth having a blog post about it to point people to, so here goes. Many people ask us every day how they can get some attention for the Windows 8 app they are working on, or the solution they have built on Azure, t hrough the free access to tools they...
26 Dec 2012
Relentless Entrepreneur is Relentless
Developers and entrepreneurs can get frustrated over a great many things. But one thing I have noticed that they don't get frustrated about is what people think about them. They are too mightily focused on doing something new to worry what someone's conformity will seem like to them. This post was...
22 Dec 2012
A Smart Phone for Every Stethoscope, A Solution in Every Cloud -- Diagnosis as a Platform
In many developing countries, the barriers to building rapidly a medical personnel and infrastructure are so huge that millions of children die every year due to complications from easily treated illnesses. One of those illnesses is pneumonia, which actually kills more people than HIV in Africa each...
5 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
What Windows Azure Benefits Do You Get from Joining BizSpark?
Here's a video that explains it .
26 Nov 2012
“We are not a Microsoft Shop and I Know Very Little .NET” – How Distil Uses Windows Azure to Make Their Services Smarter
At the recent Foundercon, the private networking event hosted by TechStars , I was fortunate enough to meet Andrew Stein, VP of Development at Distil and an alumni of TechStars Cloud Accelerator . Written by Allan Da Costa Pinto. Allan is a Technical Evangelist who works with startups and software...
16 Nov 2012
How Developers Can Keep from Losing their Data in the Fog of Coding: AppFog founder Lucas Carlson Explains
Lucas Carlson is a magician and developer who lost ten years worth of projects when his server melted down. His solution is a little bit of cloud magic. He came up with AppFog , a Microsoft BizSpark company, which reduces time and helps developers work across any programming platform, and let's operational...
19 Oct 2012
Announcing the Launch of Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure
We’ve decided that offering accelerator classes for startups using Microsoft resources will not be a fad. Starting today, we are launching the Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure. All that means is that for the next 13 weeks, ten startups from all over the world will be working on mobile apps...
1 Oct 2012
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