How many of you have wanted to start a company? My guess is the majority of you have considered this at some point in your career. With online services increasingly prevalent, it can be done with limited capital, piloting and testing new innovations.

My history advising/creating startups, goes back to the 1970s’--more than 30 years. In fact, I have several new startups I am working with now with one holding No.1 position internationally in the social media space. So, I found this news item on “startups” reported in www.itbusiness.ca of great interest. Here are extracts from the MS web site…

Enjoy,
Stephen Ibaraki, FCIPS, I.S.P., MVP , DFNPA, CNP

More about the MS BizSpark program: http://www.microsoftstartupzone.com/BizSpark/Pages/At_a_Glance.aspx

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