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  • Blog Post: BizSpark in LA and SF

    Since the launch of BizSpark in November, we've hit the road and spent time in several cities in the US. We participated at the New York New Tech Meetup in New York City on 11/11/2008, where I got to present to pitch 'BizSpark' to 300 entrepreneurs, alongside Steve Barsh of DreamIT Ventures (a BizSpark...
  • Blog Post: How do I join BizSpark?

    We officially launched BizSpark last week . Since then, we've seen a surge of startups and network partners requesting access to the program. There are two types of entities that can join the program: Startups - In BizSpark speak, a startup is a company that is less than 3 years old, ...
  • Blog Post: Interested in the startup world? Come learn about BizSpark at Ignition

    With the launch of BizSpark yesterday, we will be visiting a few cities in the US and partnering with Stephanie Agresta and Brian Solis of The TechSet , as well as local entrepreneurial organizations to talk about BizSpark. We encourage entrepreneurs, current startups, investors, business accelerators...
  • Blog Post: Announcing BizSpark for early stage startups

    Over the years, we have built a good sturdy platform with .NET. .NET is a  scalable, secure, and reliable  platform that supports good application performance. With the advent of "Web 2.0" and the surge of new and emerging companies betting their business on the web, we want early...
  • Blog Post: Completing the Technology Ecosystem - PACT

    Plug and Play is one of the valley’s most popular startup incubators. They house several hundred startups in their facilities. Plug and Play has been doing a great job of complementing their business acceleration efforts with offline events. Their next big event, called the “ Plug & Play Acceleration...
  • Blog Post: Yammer should enjoy it’s 5 minutes of internet fame

    I’ve been perplexed for a few days about TechCrunch50 ’s winning pick, Yammer . I finally started to use it, and I’m not all that impressed. Clearly, winning at TC50 has done wonders for Yammer, but I don’t think this spike will last long. Yammer is NOT an “enterprise product”. Can we please stop calling...
  • Blog Post: TechCrunch50 – crème de la crème

    This week, TechCrunch reinforced itself as the most powerful tech blog on the planet. TechCrunch50 was everything it was made out to be. Startups, press, speakers – these guys were the crème de la crème of their respective contingents. The TechCrunch50 crew received over 1000 applications from startups...
  • Blog Post: Live twittering from TechStars Investor and Demo Day

    I’m in Boulder today at TechStars ’ annual Investor and Demo Day. The energy level is high, the startup teams are knocking their demos out of the park, and the who’s who from VC-land is here. And I’m sitting next to one of the most prolific bloggers, Don Dodge , which leads me to want to do this pseudo...
  • Blog Post: PHP on Windows Server 2008

    I stumbled upon this article that I thought developers running PHP based web sites may be interested in. The authors write: A significant percentage of web sites utilize PHP as a platform for dynamic content. During the development of Windows 2008, Microsoft included improvements that enable PHP to run...
  • Blog Post: The Startup Meme – Phase 1, the Prototype

    I’ve worked with several funded and non-funded startups during my time here at Microsoft. Having seen what works and doesn’t, I thought I’d throw together a series of posts on how to startup a software company. First and foremost, you need to have an idea . Once you have an idea that you want to execute...
  • Blog Post: Yelp valuation too high? Oh please...

    First, congratulations to the Yelp team on raising another round . Just last week at the Online Marketing Summit after our panel talk, I spoke to a few people from other verticals like medical, finance and automotive about how I think everyone sees the world through their own little lens. By the same...
  • Blog Post: live from demo'08 - day 1.5 and day 2

    More companies, more demos : LiquidTalk The name gives you very little information about what the product is about (I'm not sure if LiquidTalk is the name of the company or the product). LiquidTalk's product gives mobile employees of a company to stay engaged with their companies. If there are internal...
  • Blog Post: Live from Demo'08, day 1 - Demo Coverage

    I'm at the keynote session here at Demo '08 and I'm pretty stoked. Before you read on, a disclaimer : I'm pretty much typing this out, taking pictures, recording videos etc., live. So I apologize for typos, grammatical errors and things I would otherwise be pedantically aware of. So how did these companies...
  • Blog Post: live from demo'08 - day 0

    I flew into Palm Springs today for Demo'08 . The flight in was rocky to say the least - lets just say that the woman sitting next to me prayed during the last 15 minutes of our flight. Yeah. I love these technology agnostic conferences! On the way to the hotel from the airport, I shared a cab with Steve...
  • Blog Post: what are you showing off at DEMO '08?

    If you're going to be at DEMO '08 next week, stop by the Microsoft booth to say hello. Or just call me at 415-430-7975. I'd love to catch up and hear about what you've been working on. " ai " Technorati Tags: demo , demo08
  • Blog Post: Interview with Andrew Hyde, founder of StartupWeekend

    http://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=361423 " ai " PS: Thanks to Tim Heuer , for helping publish it. Technorati Tags: startupweekend , startupweekendsf , andrew hyde , channel9 , anandiyer , artificialignorance , silicon valley
  • Blog Post: Live from StartupWeekend - HelpHookup has launched (12.04am, 11/19)

    HelpHookup has gone live. That's right - 130 odd people launched an application in 54 hours. So this puts them in (some form of a) beta. Follow their progress on their blog . " ai " PS: Their intro video is appalling though. Ugh. PPS: Happy Birthday, sis!! Technorati Tags: startupweekend , startupweekendsf...
  • Blog Post: StartupWeekend Day 3 - HelpHookup.com

    Welcome to socially conscious San Francisco - the 132 or so odd founders who congregated here this weekend have come up with HelpHookup.com . Here is their press release . TechCrunch has just reported on them . Follow them on Twitter . " ai " Technorati Tags: startupweekendsf , startupweekend , helphookup...
  • Blog Post: StartupWeekend SF Day 2- all these cliques

    The idea's been chosen . The teams have been formed. Here are all the cliques : There's the marketing clique : Then there're developers developers developers : Then there's BizDev clique : And then there's the Creative clique : The Usability clique : And last, but definitely not least, the Legal, umm...
  • Blog Post: Live from StartupWeekend SF

    Nothing to report just yet, except for frantic chaos. I was supposed to order food (supposedly) Update : Here's my stream of pictures from the event. " ai " :| Technorati Tags: startupweekendsf , startupweekend , microsoft san francisco
  • Blog Post: StartupWeekend coming to SF 11/16-11/18

    StartupWeekend is coming to SF on 11/6. I'll be hosting them at the Microsoft office in SF . Facebook event details Upcoming event details Register (for free) here Here's more background on StartupWeekend : TechCrunch - StartupWeekend: 70 Founders Create Company In One Weekend ...
  • Blog Post: iPhoneDevCamp : chatting with Kris Tate from Zooomr

    I just spent some time chatting with Kris Tate (finally) about Zooomr and some issues he has been seeing with IE. I haven't had the chance to sit down and chat with him before, but I'm thoroughly impressed with his passion for Zooomr. Kris showed me some amazing features in Mark III . Its amazing how...
  • Blog Post: Involved in a startup? Come to SFBeta on 6/26

    My friend Christian Perry has been running SFBeta - a great meetup for startups to mix and mingle. At SFBeta, startups can also sign up to demo their products or prototypes to some of the most active technologists in the valley. You don't get that kind of opportunity too many times. Christian tells me...
  • Blog Post: the beta launch of shufl - unlock your photos

    As I'd promised... For a few months now, some good friends of mine have been working hard at launching Shufl . In the simplest of terms, Shufl is a peer-to-web application that helps you share your photos on the web. The best part about Shufl, is that there is no uploading involved. You download a...
  • Blog Post: 82 emails, 40 some odd phone calls, and 15 rogue SMSs later

    Since my call anytime post , I've received 82 emails. They have mostly been from entrepreneurs and startups. Some of the others have been from developers seeking help but not knowing where to go. And some others have been just "whats up" emails to see if I'd actually respond. Since my call anytime post...
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