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…


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…


Windows 8 Apps That Should be On Your End of Year List

The holidays are here, and that means one thing: you are not going to be doing much work. We hope. But it is a time of the year when you plan on how you are you going to tackle the new year. For some of you that means more fun. For others, that means more…


Join BizSpark for a Studio Taping of The BizSpark Show with Special Guest Joni Cobb, PIPELINE CEO

Join a studio filled with Silicon Valley’s Microsoft BizSpark members via our Livestream on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 3pm Pacific. We will talk with Joni Cobb, CEO and President of PIPELINE, a community of entrepreneurs based in Kansas City.    We will interview Joni and some of our local BizSpark members and pay tribute…


Testbirds Extending Its Wings in German Market — An Interview with a BizSpark Founder

Interview with Georg Hansbauer (Co-founder of Testbirds) Testbirds s a mobile crowdtesting company. Why are you building this start up? What does it do? Our company Testbirds focuses on testing apps for mobile devices, smartphones and web applications. By using the concept of “crowd-testing” Testbirds can supply a large pool of testers, with a myriad…


Meet the 1World Online App

One of our newest members, 1WorldOnline, has a brand new app in the Windows Store.  They offer this widget you can put on your site to increase engagement with the brand and also gather collective audience intelligence about the way people think.  Here’s what it looks like. 


BizSpark celebrates Five Year Anniversary

When we announced a program for startups called BizSpark, the idea that “Microsoft cares about Startups” was new to the Startup Community. That was November of 2008. This month, BizSpark celebrates its 5th Anniversary. In five years, more than 85,000 startups have participated in the BizSpark program from 165 different countries around the world. 100,000+…


WHO, first…then HOW MUCH: Investment Advice from DEMO

This morning at DEMO Fall 2013 in Santa Clara, Erick Schonfeld (@erickschonfeld), Executive Producer of DEMO, interviewed Di-Ann Eisnor (@DiAnnEisnor) of Waze. I first saw Waze when they launched at DEMO Fall 2009 in San Diego. In four years, Waze has become the world’s fastest-growing community-based traffic and navigation app and was recently purchased by…


Crowdnetic Builds a Mission Control for Crowdfunding

The current crowdfinancing environment got a huge kick of momentum earlier this Monday when the general solicitation rules for startups changed to allow them to ask publicly for money. The problem in this swarm of crowdfinancing options? Unless there is a well established and highly curated brand for this type of stuff, a potential investor…


Microsoft Developers Capture Third Place at Tech Crunch Disrupt Hackathon

By the time TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon 2013 was over this weekend, five Microsoft developer evangelists had finished third in a field of 260+ hacks and earned a chance to pitch their hack at the main stage on Wednesday at the world’s most significant hackathon for consumer tech. Watch the video of the Microsoft team’s hack…