Time Is Running Out to Vote for the BizSpark People’s Choice Award 2013

On July 4, twelve of the top BizSpark startup founders in Europe will gather in Berlin to talk shop and demonstrate their startup business models in front of a cast of leading investors and innovators from around the EU. There will also be a moment set aside for the People’s Choice Award, an award that…


European Startup 7Write Closes Seed Round of $250,000

This blog post is written by Mark Voermans, Audience Marketing Manager for Microsoft in The Netherlands.   One of the best things about my role here at Microsoft is mentoring some of the best start-ups in Europe.  I get to see them at all parts of their journey, from the very early days when they’ve…


Tiago Fernandes Remembers the LightBulb That Created Taggeo, a BizSpark App from Portugal

Inspiration for start-ups can come from all kinds of sources, but often, the start-up’s founder can remember a ‘lightbulb’ moment when they had the big idea.  Tiago Fernandes, a student entrepreneur from Portugal can recall that exact point of time when the lightbulb went off for Taggeo:  “I was talking to one of my professors…


Pride in Craftsmanship — Windows 8 Development Part 2

Sonal Mane, a Microsoft startup technologist in Chicago, provides us with the second chapter in a series on effective and efficient Windows 8 development. This series helps members in Microsoft BizSpark move quickly through the design of an app in Windows 8.   One of the key reasons for apps being rejected or sent back…


BizSpark Member myhomehelper Fights Dementia With The Cloud, Makes Technology4Good Finals

A one-man Microsoft BizSpark company from Hull is up against the likes of Barclays Bank with a dementia memory aid that he made for his Mum.  myhomehelper beat off competition from over 200 candidates to be selected in the final of the AbilityNet Technology4Good awards. Aimed primarily at those living on their own myhomehelper displays…


Interview with SiSense VP of Marketing Bruno Aziza: On Growth and Gain in Big Data

SiSense is one the newest big data analytics companies you might have heard about recently. Over the past few weeks, the company, a Microsoft BizSpark startup, was elected Top 10 Big Data Startup by CIO Magazine, Top App To Try by Inc. Magazine and was selected Top Innovative Company by the Under The Radar Conference. Their…


Instagram Video and Facebook in Asia — We Chat Live with David Weekly, Facebook Developer Advocate

Douglas Crets is talking with David Weekly, Facebook’s Developer Advocate for Asia, at 3pm Pacific on livestream. You might know David from his time at HackerDojo, which he founded. He recently joined Facebook as their new developer advocate for Asia.  David Weekly is Facebook’s new Developer Advocate for Asia. He joins Facebook after an acqui-hire…


Technology That Speaks for Itself: Nova, from Swedish Firm Veridict

Here’s a situation with which we can all identify.  You’re out of the office working from your smartphone, tablet or laptop and you are desperately trying to find out a crucial piece of information quickly.  Sure, you can navigate the web but wouldn’t be easier if you could just ask a question out loud, especially…


Doing More With Less in Windows 8 Development — (Part One)

Sonal Mane, a Startup Technologist working for Microsoft in Chicago, walks you through steps to make the Windows 8 app development process easier.  Here’s her first post in a series. Welcome to the ‘Windows 8 design principles simplified’ series. One of the key reasons for apps being rejected or sent back for fixes is Design….