Paul Berry and RebelMouse Are Solving the Social Media Fragmented Identity Problem

A good, problem-solving approach to investment and company formation. That’s Paul Berry, former CTO of The Huffington Post, and current CEO of RebelMouse, a social curation tool / platform that makes your social media doings so much more cohesive and manageable.  Microsoft BizSpark, the free software and support program for startups, will be holding a…

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Practice Your Music: Bringing Harmony to a Tech-Music Business

So what’s it like to launch an app, if your company is from completely outside the tech business?  This was the situation facing Spanish start-up Practice Your Music, as CEO and founder Unai Goikolea explains.   “We are from the music industry: we own a recording studio and run a music academy, so we aren’t…

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Swiss Apps: How Ricardo.Ch Uses Windows 8 to Bring a Tighter Focus and Local Color to Auctions Online

Worldwide, online auction sites are the way that many people buy a variety of products, but often they lack local feel and focus.  This is one of the main reasons that Switzerland-based ricardo.ch online auction site has been so successful and since launch a decade ago, is now used by over 2 million registered users, pinging…

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Bringing Volume to Serendipity: BizSpark Grows Under Microsoft Ventures, Germany Opens Microsoft Accelerator to Packed Event

A high-caliber panel of judges chose Spreaker, a digital music sharing service, as the most promising BizSpark startup from Europe, and the People’s Choice Award this year went to Booklikes, a social platform for the curation of books. But the bigger story of the entire day was that Microsoft’s presence in Germany – and their…

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Embedding at Stanford: Microsoft Teams Jump Into the Fray at Startup Weekend

Very few things in the Silicon Valley tech scene are more refreshing than observing a group of gung ho, disruption-focused Stanford students waiting to share their idea to a group of 150 of the best and the brightest. But Microsoft was born this way, so, when we sponsored the last Startup Weekend at Stanford, we…

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What is the Startup Weekend Global Startup Battle?

Developers have been asking me about what Microsoft BizSpark will do to get more developers and startup people together around the world. Well, it turns out our partners at Startup Weekend have more than we had bargained for. I didn’t know what it was, but I kept seeing this awesome graphic about the Global Startup…

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There Is No Signal In Your Signal Anymore: Why Startup Marketing Needs a Six Step Social Marketing Methodology

Many of the startups in our 50,000+ membership roll have asked our team for some advice on social media marketing. Many of the founders ask, “How can I get more visibility for my startup?”; “What are some tricks for rapid social media or viral marketing?” Douglas Crets is the Community Manager for Microsoft BizSpark. He…

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APPLY for Microsoft Ventures Accelerator – Berlin

Apply now for the 2nd batch of the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator in Berlin Are you an early-stage startup having an idea so brilliant it burns? You want to make it happen – now? Then apply for the 2nd batch of the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator in Berlin! It´s an immersive program aimed at squeezing the countdown…

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By 2020 There Will Be A Billion Entrepreneurs, And They Will be Women

If you want insight into the next billion entrepreneurs to generate new ideas, disruption and business in the future, here is a great infographic that we found at Funders and Founders. By the year 2020, the “third billion” starts doing business. Have you made plans to compete with this third billion, work with this third billion, or…

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These Windows 8 and Windows Phone Apps Just Made Your New Year Bright

We told you earlier today that the fun was not going to stop with just a few Windows 8 apps made by some Microsoft BizSpark members. No, we said there would be more on the way. So, here continues our deluge of Windows 8 and Windows Phone apps that you can download and tinker around…

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