Realty Mogul Closes $500,000 Round from Zillow Board Members and Serial Entrepreneurs

Realty Mogul, an online, equity crowdfunding platform for real estate is going live today and already has its first success story.  AH Capital, a real estate investment company in Los Angeles, raised $110,000 using Realty Mogul’s revolutionary platform for real estate fundraising.  The money was raised while Realty Mogul was in private beta and is…

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BizSpark Member Zirtual Raises $2 Million from Tony Hsieh and Others To Ramp Up Virtual Assistants

BizSpark member Zirtual is in the news today with founder Maren Kate Donovan securing $2 million in funding from Zappos founder Tony Hsieh and others. We interviewed Maren some time ago for our success stories project. Here is some of that interview again. What was the most difficult challenge your business faced this year? Maren:…

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Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure -- A Dream of Instant Ambition, Realty Mogul

When I talked to Jilliene Helman of Realty Mogul I learned that a true entrepreneur is someone who takes the best of herself and makes something for her market. It is something precious and new, and it takes 100% commitment. Jilliene Helman, left, and co-founder Justin Hughes Jilliene and her co-founder Justin Hughes, who she…

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It’s DEMO Time

DEMO Fall starts this week and as before, the Microsoft BizSpark team is heading to Santa Clara with a group of BizSpark Startups and our friends from Startup America. DEMO serves as a launchpad for companies, helping them secure venture funding, establish critical business relationships, and influence early adopters.       Microsoft BizSpark teamed up with…

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Microsoft For Africa

The latest plan for Microsoft in Africa is all about enabling African youth realize their full potential. Ali Faramawy, Corporate VP in MEA area, says: “For years, we have led the way in Africa: we opened many offices, hired hundreds of people, built a partner network, invested in education and communities, partnered with governments. Now…

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