Peer Into Real Time Usage with Tap-O-Mizer, a Microsoft BizSpark Startup Tool Released This Weekend

The continually morphing Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 ecosystem added another feature this weekend as one of our Microsoft BizSpark members, Ilija Injac, delivered to the Windows Azure market a new app for Windows developers. Introducing TapMap, a heatmap extension for Windows developers.  TapMap helps developers track real usage data on their apps as…


#SXSW Is About Getting It Done

What a thrill to land in Austin two days ago and immediately start answering tweets and text messages, setting up meetings and designating meetup spots for official and unofficial — business. When BizSpark travels, there is never a city we land in where there is not an entrepreneur, a partner organization or a awesome event…


Three Node.js Bootcamps Coming to West Coast — Learn Node.js From the Bottom Up

Node.js is a server side software system designed for writing scalable Internet applications, notably web servers. Programs are written on the server side in JavaScript, using event-driven, asynchronous I/O to minimize overhead and maximize scalability. Four of these events are happening on the West Coast in February.  Mountain View is happening February 2. Los Angeles…


This is Why Entrepreneurs Do It Themselves

If you have been in any kind of investing and building game while trying to get your startup traction, you are probably aware of the singlemost nagging problem entrepreneurs face: building a startup is just not very easy to accomplish.  The reason is really structural, and it’s not just because startup building is inherently hard….


This Week’s Best Developer and Entrepreneur Conversations on Facebook

Facebook has a really poor way of archiving and curating great conversations. Since Facebook is basically collecting all the data for itself, you can’t really keep track of it. That’s why every week we take the time to archive the great conversations here, so that you can use them for your benefit, and find access…


Live Stream: iOS Developers Grab Insights on How to Develop for Windows 8

We’re running a live stream of this really fascinating iOS camp for Windows 8 Development.      About Big Nerd Ranch BNR is a training company focused on teaching iOS programming languages. They actually started out training Apple developers’ Cocoa API. It’s co-founder, Aaron Hillegass, is the author of “Objective-C: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide”,…


New Offer from RightScale Helps Startups Scale on Azure

Starting this evening, it is now possible for BizSpark startups to use RightScale to ramp up quickly on Windows Azure. If you haven’t looked into Microsoft BizSpark yet, this would be a good time to do so. BizSpark gives young startups making less than one million dollars in revenue some free software and access to…


The 54 Hour Journey — Startup Weekend Kirkland

Microsoft Technical Evangelist Steve Seow takes us through the 54 hours of glory that go into doing a Startup Weekend and coming out of it with something awesome.  And if no product, at least a bunch of great friends. You can get in touch with Steve on Twitter @SteveSeow. 


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…


Death Is Real, Your App Better Have Meaning

Death is an easy metaphor, because it’s so huge, and it commands attention. And tech reporting uses it. A lot. But what if you, like, really die? What perspective does that bring you?  This post is written by Douglas Crets, the Community Manager for Microsoft BizSpark Chip Conley, former CEO of Joie de Vivre Hospitality,…