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  • Blog Post: SVC Team Conquers Tough Mudder

    Below is contributed content from Stiv Ostenberg. Approximately 2,500 employees currently work (and live) in Silicon Valley and they routinely devote energy to the advancement of our community. James McLachlan is one of them. James, a member of the Interactive Entertainment Business (IEB) team at...
  • Blog Post: Employee Sid Espinosa Is Palo Alto's New Mayor

    Sid Espinosa, the director of citizenship for Microsoft's Silicon Valley campus, was recently elected mayor of Palo Alto. At 38, he is the fourth-youngest mayor in the city's history. In truth, nearly every line of Sid Espinosa's résumé could demand its own story. He's written speeches...
  • Blog Post: Recap of the social media for non-profits event at Microsoft Silicon Valley

    If social media has done one thing, it’s given individuals and organizations of all sizes an equal playing field to voice and amplify their opinion, cause, or brand message to anyone who is willing to listen. Non-profits in particular have been taking advantage of social media outlets to share...
  • Blog Post: Full Circle Targets the Next Generation of Social Leaders - Focus and Leadership Critical to Breaking Through

    Full Circle Fund has a novel idea: bring together the talent, ambition and venture capital found so abundantly throughout the Bay Area and channel their focus on philanthropic causes. Through its efforts to support venture philanthropy, Full Circle Fund is training the executives and entrepreneurs of...
  • Blog Post: Thank you – Check Back Tomorrow!

    Thank you for celebrating the work of remarkable Silicon Valley nonprofits with us. We appreciate the enthusiasm you’ve shown for Microsoft’s weekly video clip series over the last eight weeks. Tomorrow we will announce the nonprofit that inspired you the most and won the Microsoft Video...
  • Blog Post: A Weekend with Startup Weekend at Microsoft Silicon Valley

    The Microsoft BizSpark team hosted Startup Weekend , a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate and empower individuals, teams and communities. During the weekend of September 9-11, Microsoft’s Mountain View Campus hosted about 50 teams who came together...
  • Blog Post: Next Generation of Bay Area Entrepreneurs and Technologists Gather for the Second Annual Dare 2B Digital Conference

    The Dare 2B Digital Conference , the premier hands-on learning event for middle and high school girls aged 13-16, is coming up this weekend. Join the next generation of entrepreneurs and technologists in the Valley on Saturday, February 12, at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., to...
  • Blog Post: MSV gets active with the 2012 Trailblazer Race

    On September 30, Microsoft’s Silicon Valley campus was the proud sponsor and host of The Friends of Stevens Creek Trailblazer Race for the 10 th straight year. The 2012 race was exceptionally rewarding for us because we found even more ways to actively give. Volunteer coordinator Dan Costello and...
  • Blog Post: A Guiding Hand Improves Children’s Chances at Success

    This post is a part of a series showcasing Silicon Valley organizations that champion positive change in our community. Help this organization win an Xbox package by clicking the ‘like’ button ! Clarissa first began visiting the Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula (BGCP) at the...
  • Blog Post: Business Insider Sits Down with Microsoft’s Dan’l Lewin to Discuss Startups, Bubbles and Pet Food

    Dan'l Lewin, corporate vice president of strategic and emerging business development at Microsoft Corporation, was recently interviewed by Business Insider about Microsoft's presence in Silicon Valley. Below are highlights, as quoted from Business Insider , from this conversation: Growing Valley...
  • Blog Post: Help Your Favorite Nonprofit Get a Software Donation

    Below is contributed content from the Microsoft Unlimited Potential Blog. Today we’re announcing updates to our nonprofit software donations program to enable more nonprofits around the world to get easier access to the technology they need, when they need it. While we currently provide software...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s Sid Espinosa Honored, a “New Standard in Excellence”

    We have reason to celebrate! Microsoft Silicon Valley’s Corporate Citizenship Director Sid Espinosa was recently honored by the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HARC) with its annual Young Hispanic Corporate Achievers Award at a ceremony in Chicago, followed by two days of intense...
  • Blog Post: Local Educators Gather at Microsoft's Silicon Valley Campus to Discuss Classroom Project Needs

    This evening more than 200 educators from San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, together with representatives from DonorsChoose.org, will gather at Microsoft's Silicon Valley campus to share classroom project ideas and funding needs. One technology tool that brings public school teachers and private...
  • Blog Post: Dan’l Lewin’s Mission for Microsoft Silicon Valley

    According to the San Jose Mercury News , Microsoft's Vice President for Strategic and Emerging Business Development, Dan'l Lewin, has established himself as one of Silicon Valley's most influential figures. And he's not stopping there. Lewin talks about his plans for reaching startups through BizSpark...
  • Blog Post: The 2012 Hispanic Youth Institute knocks down educational obstacles

    Microsoft Silicon Valley loves a good challenge, and we love to create opportunities for empowering youth. That’s why we helped bring Hispanic Youth Institute to Silicon Valley three years ago. HYI guides Hispanic students to realize their dreams of higher education and career success, particularly...
  • Blog Post: Nonprofit Helps Students Navigate Challenges in Work and Life

    This post is a part of a series showcasing Silicon Valley organizations that champion positive change in our community. Help this organization win an Xbox package by clicking the ‘like’ button ! Poverty can be difficult to escape, so JobTrain was created to fulfill a critical need...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Presents Engineering Award to FIRST

    The Silicon Valley Education Foundation celebrated its seventh annual Pioneers & Purpose fundraising dinner on Sept. 15, 2011, where Microsoft presented the Engineering Category Award to FIRST Robotics. FIRST, or For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, is a program committed to...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Silicon Valley Hosts More than 300 at Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner

    Girl Geek Dinners, which originated with a girl geek who was tired of being the only girl at industry events, has certainly come a long way! Microsoft Silicon Valley hosted the Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner on Thursday, October 13, at the Mountain View campus. The event provided an opportunity to mingle...
  • Blog Post: Students Learn Math Using New and Innovative Methods with TheatreWorks

    On Monday morning, children from four kindergarten classes at Fairmeadow Elementary School in Palo Alto gathered in front of friends, family, and teachers to debut “Playing with Math” – a collaborative, interactive learning experience pioneered by TheatreWorks of Silicon Valley with...
  • Blog Post: Be What You Want to See

    This post is a part of a series showcasing Silicon Valley organizations that champion positive change in our community. Help this organization win an Xbox package by clicking the ‘like’ button ! Hands on Bay Area , or HOBA, makes change happen. The nonprofit exists to help other...
  • Blog Post: Susan Catan: Inspiring MSV’s Giving Campaign

    Below is contributed content from Thomas Kohnstamm. Once again, Microsoft Silicon Valley (MSV) proved itself to be a fundraising hotspot in Microsoft’s October Giving Campaign. Is it MSV’s unique work culture? Is it MSV’s location in the global nexus of tech and venture capital...
  • Blog Post: When a Store is a Store…and so Much More.

    When is a store not just a store? When it’s a place for people to congregate, collaborate and experience. That is the design and vibe of the new Microsoft store in Palo Alto. The April 19th opening of the Microsoft Store at Stanford Shopping Center is the second Silicon Valley location where shoppers...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Silicon Valley Honored with Corporate Philanthropy Award

    Microsoft Silicon Valley was honored this month by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal at the Corporate Philanthropy Awards . Microsoft ranked sixth among the area’s top ten contributors, donating $3.5 million in cash donations. The corporation’s three largest Silicon Valley contributions...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Investments Transform Non-profits: Recipients Honored at Reception

    Silicon Valley is home to several outstanding nonprofit organizations who are committed to the advancement of our community. This week, at a grantee reception, Microsoft recognized 66 organizations for their dedication to improving quality of life in the Valley. These organizations have touched the local...
  • Blog Post: Come Prepared to Learn

    This post is a part of a series showcasing Silicon Valley organizations that champion positive change in our community. Help this organization win an Xbox package by clicking the ‘like’ button ! If science and innovation are the keys to progress, than why is it so difficult to get...