DreamIt and Microsoft Help Startups Dream, Then Do

I was first introduced to Arie Abecassis, one of the Managing Partners at DreamIt Ventures, back in June this year. At the time, we were doing our bit to support DreamIt programs on the ground in NYC and Philly, a little in Israel, but Arie was keen to do [much] more with Microsoft BizSpark, and…

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BizSpark Members Make Up 30% of Dave McClure’s Fifth Class at 500 Startups

Dave McClure’s 500 startups announced their new class today, and since 9 of those 33 teams are members are BizSpark teams, we have reason to celebrate. Percentage-wise, Microsoft BizSpark members made up nearly 30% of those teams.  Here’s a rundown of those companies, and what they do. Congratulations to the teams.  Cinemacraft – Produces an interactive…

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In Russia, Using Azure to Turn Your Daily Blog Reading into a Paper Route

For the Russian speakers out there, here’s a very handy series on how BizSpark members AtContent tweaked and worked with Windows Azure to get their company up and running. People who don’t read Cyrillic can translate in Bing and enjoy the useful experience. It’s important to read it, because they are using Azure as a…

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Rahul Sood On The Hardest Task for a Founder and Book Club Recommendations

When you are building your company, you always end up facing that one hardest thing, or a myriad of hardest things. Every founder has experienced it, and if they haven’t, they really haven’t been a founder. At the most recent FailCon event, we dove into the hardest things Bing Fund general manager Rahul Sood has…

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BizSpark Member and DEMO Africa Roundup

It’s time to do a quick roundup of what African entrepreneurs did this past week, while they were building their companies.  DEMO Africa ended on Friday, but that won’t stop us from running our remaining interviews with some of the participants. Big congratulations go to two of our Microsoft BizSpark members, SASA Africa and Flowgear, who both came…

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Commerce Guys Creating Easy to Use Drupal E-Commerce, on Azure

We’re running this blog post today to look back at the BizSpark EU Summit  which we hosted in the UK. The startups we featured there were in the running for awards at the Summit. If you were following along, you may remember that one of the teams from France came out on top.   The French contingent…

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DEMO Africa: Make a Business Plan that Adapts to Tech Changes

DEMO Africa ended on Friday, but that won’t stop us from running our remaining interviews with some of the participants. Before we do that, big congratulations go to two of our Microsoft BizSpark members, SASA Africa and Flowgear, who both came away with the coveted DEMO Lion title out of a field of 40.  In…

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Meet a Microsoft BizSpark Ambassador: Vishnu Prasad in Singapore

To introduce our next Microsoft Ambassador, we turn to Singapore. Vishnu Prasad works for SGTechCamps, based in Singapore, and he is one of the twenty ambassadors we have around the world, who are looking in on the entrepreneurs and developers in his corner of the world.  Microsoft BizSpark was created about three years ago with…

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Interview: BizSpark Startup Submittable Exits Y-Combinator Seeking 1 Million Customers

This BizSpark company just finished a term with Y-Combinator and is actively working with large clients in the media space as they scale to 1 million customers. We asked their CEO, Michael Fitzgerald, a few questions about their experience as a team running a successful startup.  First, a little bit about Submittable. I met these…

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On November 1, Your Startup Goes to Eleven

Have you heard of Rockstart Accelerator? Whoa, boy. Why not?  On November 1, one of the most successful Accelerators — by number of startups receiving funding after the demo day — will be opening its applications for another year of awesome. from a recent Rockstart email that has been circulating Europe, where we have thousands…

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