The Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure last week showcased ten companies that are leveraging Windows Azure to solve a wide variety of problems. It's an exciting and competitive time to be a startup - the consumption-based cloud model lets you quickly spin up and experiment with your ideas and then pay as you scale if your business takes off.  With cloud computing, so many people can achieve the level of access and capacity that they need to innovate, build, pivot, and launch.  Cloud computing also makes it a challenging time to be a startup because that lower barrier to entry means more people can play at the party. After attending the Accelerator, Windows Azure GM Bill Hilf shares some guidance for tech startups. MORE...