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  • Blog Post: 30 to Launch Azure at Seed Philly!

    Back in February we had a great series of Windows Phone 7 talks we did at Seed Philly that culminated in a demo night where startups showed off some pretty interesting Windows Phone 7 applications. During the weeks that we held the event, we heard from attendees, “Why don’t you do this with Azure?” Well...
  • Blog Post: Event Report – Startup Weekend Tampa

    Startup Weekend Tampa – April 13-15, 2012 (Quick Note – At Microsoft we do event reports when we participate in big community events so we can share experiences and let our co-workers know what we’re up. This was really a fantastic event so I wanted to share a little wider.) http://tampa.startupweekend...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Learning Path

    Great new content from the expert team I’m involved with around Azure. Check out all the new content here: Windows Azure Learning Path We have aggregated a set of resources for a structured learning of cloud computing through a set of courses designed to hone your skills progressively. Each course is...
  • Blog Post: Testing against IE for Startups

    I tell this to startups all the time. You need to test your sites and products against IE, even if that isn’t your preferred browser. CNET posted a story today that shows the increasing usage of IE on the desktop. You can check out the story here: Microsoft's IE reclaims lost ground in browser battle...
  • Blog Post: Updated BizSpark News App

    Well, I haven’t actually updated the app, but I have updated the feeds going into it. The BizSpark Team Blogs have changed and so I’ve updated the RSS feed that gets pulled into BizSpark news to pick up the latest from the team. You can get the app here if you haven’t seen it before.
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: New from Ignition Showcase 11.15.10

    Good stuff from our Partner Ignition blog… Windows Azure Updates! Update Your Windows Azure Skills at the Microsoft Partner Network How to Build a Hybrid On-Premise/In Cloud Application Windows Azure Application Monitoring Management Pack Release Candidate (RC) Now Available For Download SQL Server ...
  • Blog Post: Online Silverlight Firestarter on December 2nd

    If you do any WP7, Silverlight, or WPF development, you’re probably not going to want to miss this. Future of Silverlight Keynote Starts December 2, 2010 at 9:00 pacific time Hear what’s coming next from Microsoft’s Scott Guthrie Training, labs & swag Online or in-person at Microsoft HQ, December...
  • Blog Post: BizSpark Graduation Offer

    In the next year or so, a number of our BizSpark Startups will come to the end or their three years in BizSpark. Microsoft wants to be ready to help these companies transition into non-BizSpark partners as painlessly as possible. Today we posted our offer to graduating BizSpark Startups. You can find...
  • Blog Post: Curse on the Windows Team Blog

    No, not that kind of curse. Brandon has a great post on the Windows Team Blog about BizSpark Startup Curse . Check it out. Managing Game User Interface Add-ons with the Curse Client from Curse.com I consider myself a casual gamer. I play a few PC games, mostly Games for Windows – LIVE titles, and of...
  • Blog Post: MyWebCareer.com goes live

    I’ve been working with a BizSpark startup called MyWebCareer.com . This site lets you monitor and manage your “Online Career Brand”.  The site is one of the largest Azure applications I’ve seen, but you wouldn’t know it just by looking at it. Very cool stuff. Check it out. From their About page...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Essentials for Small Business

    Eric Ligman announced today that Microsoft Security Essentials will be available to small business for free in October. I use Microsoft Security Essentials on all the machines in my house and it’s saved our bacon a number of times. Check out Eric’s post on the solution for small business and the other...
  • Blog Post: Partner Interview: SummitCloud | brianjo | Channel 9

    This is an audio interview I posted to Channel 9 today. SummitCloud is working through the Microsoft Partner Network to drive and find new business opportunities. Partner Interview: SummitCloud Posted By: Brian Johnson | Today @ 9:14 AM | 58 Views | 0 Comments SummitCloud is a BizSpark startup that produces...
  • Blog Post: Happy Birthday to BizSpark!

    News from the PDC… Microsoft’s BizSpark Fires Up Startups, Ignites a Community: Marking its one-year anniversary at PDC 2009, BizSpark continues to gain momentum, expand its reach with new offers, and put partners at the center of the equation to turn startups into successful businesses. Microsoft’s...
  • Blog Post: Sanjay on Incubation Week for Azure in Atlanta

    Sanjay has a nice writeup on the final day of Incubation Week in Atlanta last week. Sounds like it was very productive for everyone.   Evangelism for Microsoft ISVs, BizSpark Startups & Network Partners : Day5: Microsoft BizSpark Incubation Week for Azure @ Atlanta 13Nov09
  • Blog Post: TechDrawl Interview on Incubation Week in Atlanta

    Cool. Interview with Murray Gordon about BizSpark Incubation Week next week in Atlanta from TechDrawl. We’ll try to keep everyone posted with information about that event on the blogs and through Twitter next week. Microsoft BizSpark Incubation Week for Entrepreneurs by Ben Dyer on November 5, 2009 We...
  • Blog Post: SocialGrow Promo Video

    SocialGrow was one of the BizSpark companies that participated in our BizSpark Incubation Week in Boston last week.  (See Sanjay’s blog for a recap .) SocialGrow has produced a cool promo video that includes some of the pictures from Incubation Week. Definitely looking forward to seeing more from...
  • Blog Post: Day1: Microsoft BizSpark Incubation Week @ Boston

    Sanjay has some nice coverage of Incubation Week in Boston . Check it out below. Microsoft Dynamics ISV Architect Evangelism : Day1: Microsoft BizSpark Incubation Week @ Boston 05Oct09 Day1 coverage from Microsoft BizSpark Incubation Week for Windows 7 at Boston . Check out the live tweeter-coverage...
  • Blog Post: Startup Post on TechCrunch: From Nothing To Something. How To Get There.

    Great post on starting a new company by Seth Sternberg. In fact, this is such a great post that I had a hard time picking a paragraph to drop into my link. The best thing is, this is part of a series that Seth has planned for TechCrunch. From Nothing To Something. How To Get There. First and foremost...
  • Blog Post: Incubation Week - Boston

    We’re still taking nominations for startups to participate in our BizSpark Incubation week in Boston in October. If you have a startup that can make it to Boston for this event, it’s a great opportunity to get help building out Windows 7 specific features for their products. Here’s the information: With...
  • Blog Post: The New York Internet Company plans data center expansion in Bridgewater - NJ.com

    Wanted to pass this on as New York Internet is a great BizSpark Network Partner. Their site is located here . The New York Internet Company plans data center expansion in Bridgewater BRIDGEWATER, NJ -- The New York Internet Company (NYI), a mission-critical data services provider, announced via press...
  • Blog Post: BizSpark Startup Flickchart covered in OrlandoSentinel.com

    Orlando Sentinel technology reporter Etan Horowitz did a nice writeup of Flickchart , a BizSpark startup based in Orlando. Check out the story below for a link to get in on the beta. Central Florida entrepreneurs launch Web site allowing people to rate movies -- OrlandoSentinel.com There's no shortage...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft BizSpark Incubation Week for Windows 7 at Reston

    Sanjay is documenting the BizSpark Incubation Week he organized in Reston, VA this week. Check out his blog posts for details and lots of pictures.  Microsoft Dynamics ISV Architect Evangelism : Day1: Microsoft BizSpark Incubation Week for Windows 7 @ Reston Day1 coverage from Microsoft BizSpark...
  • Blog Post: Porting an Application from the iPhone to Windows Mobile

    This is a case study for porting an iPhone application to Windows Mobile. I’ve been talking to a number of iPhone developers about just this scenario, so it’s great to find this sort of documentation out there. If you try it, let me know how it works out.  According to the numbers I’ve seen, Windows...
  • Blog Post: Interview with BizSpark Startup Xobni

    Just posted this to Channel 9 . Cool company, new version of the product. Xobni is an Outlook plug-in that lets users easily connect to their contacts through the various social networks. The program comes in two versions, one free and now a new pay version that ads enhanced features. I recently talked...
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