Teens In Tech Conference this Saturday!

Guest blog by Brett Laffel Teens in Tech Comes to LA! Microsoft proud to be hosting As part of Microsoft’s commitment to the startup community, we partner with a large range of startup incubators, accelerators and other companies. A number of these groups focus on helping specific types of founders, including female founders, black and…


Apply to Seedcamp London 31st January 2012

Having just completed the final Seedcamp of 2011 in Paris, we’re stoked for next year. We’re super excited to open applications for the first Seedcamp of 2012 in London. Call us biased, but we think there’s no better way to kick off the year than to spend a day being mentored by Europe’s top investors,…


LeWeb – It’s a Wrap

Day Three at LeWeb began with rain and the usual transport chaos, even for newly-initiated Uber cab enthusiasts in Paris, and some legendary hangovers courtesy of the Deezer party with the Ting Tings on the Thursday night. Record long queues for the complementary Nespresso aside, the morning was full of great content – one of…


Xbox Live // Hasta La Muerte

Guest post: French Academic team Hi everyone ! Last night, Microsoft Game Studios published Hasta La Muerte, by Pohlm Studios Pohlm is a Bizspark startup, created by Frédéric Pedro : – worldwide Game Design finalist during the 2008 edition of Imagine Cup (project Ecological Tycoon). – Microsoft Student Partner from January 2009 to September 2010….


Day Two at LeWeb

Day Two at LeWeb got off to a flying start with the “money panel” – investors including Jeff Clavier and Dave “Pirate” McClure. They discussed, among other things, the performance and underperformance of IPO companies. Check in to see all the action on the LeWeb YouTube channel and a great roundup on Simply Zesty. By…


Greetings from Paris

We’re here for LeWeb and the final Mini Seedcamp of the year. On Monday the teams had time to prepare and receive coaching (hosted at Microsoft). We just wrapped up a full day session with a room full of top notch mentors from all over the globe: folks in town for LeWeb that starts tomorrow,…


Day One at LeWeb

Day One at LeWeb. Phew. If you missed it you can watch the vids here and live streaming here. What a great day: starting with the enigmatic Karl Lagerfeld announcing an new online fashion startup with Net-A-Porter, then news from Uber of a $32m round from Menlo Ventures and – just in time to rescue…


BizSpark One Week in Review – Dec 3

Over the past few weeks, here’s a sampling of news highlights of members of the BizSpark One program, identifying a small number of the best companies in BizSpark, which is now comprised of over 45,000 startups. Week of November 13-26 and November 27-December 3 § ClickDimensions, providing an email marketing and marketing automation solution for…


Lessons in Leadership from Global Entrepreneurship Week

Guest Blog: Ahmed Siddiqui, Startup Weekend As we close Global Entrepreneurship Week 2011 and Startup Weekend’s Global Startup Battle, I would like to take a moment to reflect on some lessons in leadership that emerged during the past 2 weeks. First of all, I humbled to have an amazing opportunity to lead the Global Entrepreneurship…


What’s Next for Female Entrepreneurs in Europe?

Guest Blog – By Mark Voermans, Microsoft Netherlands At the many start-up events I attend (usually focused on tech), there are typically very few female entrepreneurs presenting or pitching. Whatever the reasons behind that (are fewer women pursuing career in ICT, or starting their own businesses?) there are an increasing number of organisations worldwide focusing…