Bing Fund Welcomes Sonar — First East Coast Team in the Portfolio

Today Bing Fund and Sonar announced that Bing Fund has reached across this great land of ours to invite Sonar into its portfolio of startups. And they made at least part of their announcement via Vine. We think it really may be the first ever press release via Vine.  Sonar and Microsoft actually have a…


Speek Launching Windows Phone App Before Android to Jump on Huge Downloads Probability

Speek.com, a platform for easy conference calls, started as a way to permanently rid the world of PINs and elevator music. As corporate employees, founders Danny Boice and John Bracken were fed up with how stale business communication was, and set out to re-think an industry that hasn’t seen innovation in over 20 years. This…

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The Entire Startup Ecosystem in One Room

Last night, we had about 100 people come by the Microsoft BizSpark Lab to talk about Using Community and Design to Build a Business Model. That link takes you to a livestream archive that I will embed below.  From left to right: Michael Staton, Learn Capital; Jenna Meister, Airbnb; Zachary Zorbas, Babelverse Sahana Ullaggadi, Klout;…

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Your Tablet Sous Chef — YumvY

In the past decade, we have witnessed a steady transition of content and media from our physical world to the online digital one with the most marked transformation happening in books and music. But in the publishing world, there has been a radically absent player in this metamorphosis — recipe and cookbook publishing. This post…

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Haunted: Launch of the First Windows Phone App Funded by AppCampus

The games app market is extremely competitive, so finding new ways to keep players captivated is the big challenge facing developers right now.  Finnish-based start-up Tuliotus has achieved just that, by introducing an exciting new approach to game-play with Haunted, which is also the first AppCampus-funded Windows Phone 7 (and now Windows Phone 8) app…

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The Magnificent Eight — Bringing Apps to Market In a Massive Wave

Why bring one app to market when you can launch 10, 20, even 30?  That is the ethos of a dynamic team of young Finnish developers who go by the wonderful name of the Magnificent Eight.  As the name might suggest, this is an award-winning team of eight who have known each other since high…

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Three Pieces of Advice from Tech Cocktail

Through our partnership with TechCocktail, we have three pieces of advice for entrepreneurs building their own companies.  Video Alex Chang of One Technologies and his simple advice for entrepreneurs.  Since 2000, Alex has amassed considerable entrepreneurial experience to share with others who are hoping to start their own companies. He says one of the biggest…


Join Us For a Live Interview with Daniel Cowen, Founder of Echoer

We are running a full hour live interview on LiveStream with Daniel Cowen, founder of local conversation startup Echoer, about his choice to use Elance to help build his company. Join us February 14, 2013 at 4pm Pacific for the first in what will be a series of Founder conversations from the BizSpark Lab.   Hope…


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Here’s all the action from today’s Facebook Community discussions at Microsoft BizSpark, brought to you by Tint. Tint, a social media widget

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The Last Bubble’s Investors Are in a Lag, Disruption Investors Are Avant-Garde

Could be wrong, but I believe investors and startup people are in what you call a deployment period. We are searching out new ways to finance. This blog post was written by Douglas Crets, Community Manager and Social Strategist of the Microsoft BizSpark program. We are mistakenly using the junk heap of the past to…