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…

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Prodibi: Swiss Rebels Give Due Respect to Web Photo Enthusiasts With Their BizSpark Software Innovation

While web-based video streaming and digital audio has become increasingly sophisticated, the quality of photograph images viewed online has lagged behind.  At the moment, if someone was to try to upload a high quality image for viewing on a PC, tablet or smartphone, the size of the image would compromise the delivery speed.  So, what…

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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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Meet Denis Crowley During Live Chat May 23

We are honored that Denis Crowley, Founder of awesome check-in and recommendations app Foursquare, will be sitting down for a live chat with Douglas Crets on May 23.  Biography from his LinkedIn Profile: Dennis Crowley is the co-founder of foursquare, a service that combines social networks, location awareness and game mechanics to encourage people explore…

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What are BitCoins Worth? Nothing (And More Wisdom from the BizSpark Community) by Chad Eaves

Wisdom comes from experience, they say.  We agree. At BizSpark, we try to deliver bits of wisdom now and again to the community so that the founders, developers, engineers, and business folks out there in startup land can use it. We saw four founding teams succeed at DEMO Mobile 2013 last week, and we feel…

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So You Want to Pitch Your Startup at a Global Event? Here’s What You Need to Know

Start-up competition season is in full swing and a couple of the big ones – the annual TNW Europe and TechCrunch Disrupt NYC – are both coming up later this month (go BizSpark finalists!)  So we thought it would be interesting to get some ‘behind the scenes’ viewpoints from start-ups who have themselves been on…

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We Are Doing Things With Founder Dating, So That You Can Find Your Co-Founder

We asked Jessica Alter, co-founder and Chief Connector of Founder Dating, to tell us what has happened to Founder Dating since she started it a couple of years ago. And we thought we would run this at the same time as we announced that we are working with Founder Dating in 18 cities across North…

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The First Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure Demo Day — Powered by Tech Stars

Yesterday we wrapped up the Accelerator experience with TechStars in Seattle with our Demo Day. The packed event included more than 400 registered attendees, including 110 investors to watch 10 startups pitch their ventures. The demo day is one of two we are having this month. The next one will be in Silicon Valley on…

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Artist or Founder? Are You Telling The Right Narrative To Earn an Audience? by Kahlil Ashanti

What do artists and start-up founders have in common? There is one rather indiscriminate fact that ties them together: the constant fight for audience attention. If you don’t have an audience, you don’t have sells, reputation, or legitimacy.  This blog post was written by startup founder Kahlil Ashanti of Vancouver.    Call them customers, clients,…

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