Brian Johnson's Startup Developer Blog

August, 2011


    BizSpark One Startup Panopto in GeekWire


    I met the guys from Panopto in Pittsburg a couple of years ago and they floored me with the demo of their lecture capture software product. I worked with Christopher Griffin to get them into BizSpark One and they’ve been turned out to be an excellent partner for that program. I would encourage you to check out their Silverlight-based sample recordings to see how really well done this product is. 

    Check out the GeekWire story below for an interview with Co-Founder (and former Microsoftie) Eric Burns.

    Startup Spotlight: Carnegie Mellon transplant takes root in Seattle with Panopto

    Panopto was founded in 2007 with technology from Carnegie Mellon University. But the company is now growing its presence in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood, thanks in part to a connection to Microsoft.

    The company’s co-founder and CTO, former Carnegie Mellon researcher Eric Burns, previously worked on book and academic search technologies for Microsoft’s Windows Live unit. (Now Bing).

    At Panopto, he’s now leading the charge to develop a video, audio and screen recorder that that helps individuals capture everything from city council meetings to academic lectures to concerts.

    In the latest installment of Startup Spotlight, we chatted with Burns to get his take on what makes the company tick.


    Microsoft training from 10 years ago


    The Microsoft fiscal year (FY) started on July 1, and it’s our time of year to do things like plan our career path, training, etc. I was just looking at the training I did in Redmond (around) 10 years ago and I thought it would be interesting to post the list. Some of the classes were several hours per week or a week at a time, others are one-off lectures. Amazing to think that .NET was so new then…

    C Programming II

    Hacking Exposed - Live

    NEO - New Employee Orientation

    HailStorm Introduction

    New Employee Family Orientation

    Introduction to the Managed Extensions to C++

    Visual Basic: Intermediate

    Managing Cross-Product Partnerships

    Win32 Programming

    MSR Tech Festival 2002

    Windows Programming in C

    Rapid Development: The Ten Myths

    Building .NET Applications

    Scripting: Learning Perl

    C++ Programming

    Securing and Deploying .NET Assemblies

    COM 1: Component Objects

    Sysinternals: A Tour of these Powerful Tools

    Debugging Windows Applications

    Targeting Mobile Devices with Active Server Pages+

    HTML+TIME (SMIL) 2.0 in Internet Explorer 5.5

    The New WinDBG - the Tool for Hardcore Debuggin

    MSR Tech Festival 2001

    Using Windows Installer For Your Application

    The Key to C#: Q&A with Anders Hejlsberg

    Visual Basic .NET: Introduction - Online

    .NET Framework And Tools

    Visual C++ Internal Awareness Week: June 24 - 28, 2002

    .NET Mobile Web Software Development Kit (SDK)

    Visual Studio for Applications .NET Application Customization

    .NET: An Introduction

    Windows Installer: An Introduction

    ADO.NET: Introduction

    Windows NT/2000/XP/Server 2003/Vista OS Internals

    Announcing IceCAP 4.1: The Tip of the Iceberg

    Writing Secure Code – Enough is Enough!

    Buffer Overruns in Depth

    Writing Solid Code

    C# Programming

    Xbox .NET: Setting the Standard for Online Console Gaming

    C++ Workshop: Advanced Managed Extensions

    VS .NET Languages: Introduction to Visual C++ .NET

    C++: Managed Extensions

    Microsoft Developer Fundamentals

    COM Fundamentals

    Dynamics of UI Design and Program Management, Version 2.0

    Design Day 2002

    Extending the .NET Framework

    Design without wasting time

    Frameworks Class Library: A Whirlwind Tour

    Designing Windows XP Icons



    East Region BizSpark Startup Kinvey Closes $2M Round


    Awesome news. Hacker Chick, Abby Fichtner, has some details in the Microsoft BizSpark blog. Congats to Kinvey!

    Kinvey, Backend as a Service, Closes $2M Round

    We knew Kinvey was up to all good things when Atlas Venture’s Fred Destin introduced their Boston 2011 TechStars Demo Day presentation with the surprise announcement that he was leading their seed round with a $1 million investment.

    (Okay, we actually had a pretty good idea long before that as we watched them evolve their ideas on how to help developers create Bad asS apps).

    And so we’re extremely excited (if not terribly surprised) to share that they just closed out that seed round at $2M. In the words of TechCrunch, Kinvey aims to let developers skip past all the boring database-building and get right into the fun stuff.

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