Azure in the Valley: Microsoft Accelerator in Tel Aviv Visits Microsoft Silicon Valley

Israeli Windows Azure Demo Day comes has come and gone twice, and this time there is evidence of strong growth in the class members.  Last year’s class received on average $900,000 in venture funding per startup. This year, the group doing a tour of investment circles and having meetings with companies to sell their solutions…

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Israel Microsoft Accelerator Opens Applications for Third Class

The 13 companies that the Israel Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure selected for the second batch are already hard at work preparing for their demo days in Israel and Silicon Valley, and the team in Tel Aviv is now looking for the next batch of trail-blazing, top-notch startups to take advantage of the technical and…

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What Is it Like to Go Through the Israeli Microsoft Accelerator

Alan Weinkrantz ran into Kobi Stok and his guitar at SXSW this week. Weinkrantz asked Kobi what it was like to develop something for Windows Azure and if it was easy to work with Microsoft in their Accelerator program in Tel Aviv. Kobi answered in the affirmative, even saying that the folks at Microsoft went…

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Are You Ready to Think Next? Steve Ballmer and More will be in Tel Aviv Next Week

The Microsoft Research and Development Center Israel is hosting a new edition of Think Next starting Monday, November 5, and one of the highlights will be a keynote by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. In it, he sits down and talks to Avi Hasson, Israel’s Chief Scientist. The guys in Israel decided they make it a bit…

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Mix It: Music Sharing and Collaborating Big Theme at #DEMO2012

So far we’ve had a guy rap on stage, live, while collaborating with his partner across the country. Then we have this BizSpark company, PlayMyTone, making instant music in less than 30 seconds. Here’s a video of the CEO Ohad Sheffer, which he put together for ThinkNext. It’s the same demonstration he gave at DEMO, but…

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Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure — The Israeli Demo Day Edition

Yesterday, about 40 VC / Angels showed up to the Microsoft Silicon Valley headquarters, and listened and interacted with a few Israeli startups that are a part of the Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure running in the Israeli  Here are some notes taken from Laura Wigod, who curates some of the news and blogging information…

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Customer Service and Support: A Reason to Party

You wouldn’t think that launching a Twitter handle for BizSpark support was worthy of a party, but that’s just what we’re going to do. Well, in our heads, we will.  There are so many requests for applications — literally thousands each month — and we are launched in over 125 countries, globally, that we decided…

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The Three Coolest Israeli Startups, With Links to Personal Interviews with the Founders

Yesterday, we had our first Israeli Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure Demo Day, and it went off quite well. The Next Web’s Alex Wilhelm wrote a spot on what he thought were the three coolest companies pitching their products.  Here is the writeup. The Israel program accepted 11 companies in its first class, out of…

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Atav Founder Tal Moran: Believe In Yourself, Help Others

Atav is another one of our Israeli startups debuting their product for an American audience today. Atav helps organizations recruit employees easily and effectively, without a lot of hassle.  Here, Tal Moran, founder, explains the motive behind the work he has done with his co-founders.  Has starting your own company provided any answers about your…

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Evolero Founder: Unload Your Head So Your Customers Can Experience Things Clearly

This week, Israeli startups came to Microsoft’s Silicon Valley headquarters and demonstrated their products in front of dozens of investors from around the world. We’re running a series this week that gives the founders at these companies the oportunity to tell us firsthand what drives their companies, what gets them out of bed in the…

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