Bringing Volume to Serendipity: BizSpark Grows Under Microsoft Ventures, Germany Opens Microsoft Accelerator to Packed Event

A high-caliber panel of judges chose Spreaker, a digital music sharing service, as the most promising BizSpark startup from Europe, and the People’s Choice Award this year went to Booklikes, a social platform for the curation of books. But the bigger story of the entire day was that Microsoft’s presence in Germany – and their…

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Need a Job? Startups Are Hiring And They Can’t Find Enough Workers, Says Silicon Valley Bank

Silicon Valley Bank released the results of its extensive US and UK-focused Startup Outlook survey today. The result? If you are looking for a job, and you are reasonably endowed with skills in technology, engineering, business development or marketing, you might want to look at a startup as your next future employer. Employers are desperate…

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4 Major Trends Shaping The Future of Entrepreneurship

If you went to South by Southwest this week and were overwhelmed by garish colored posters proclaiming the next big app, then you were not alone. Oddly, it seemed as though there were a lot of pitches and a lot of judgment of those pitches, but that there was not a lot of buzz about…

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Speek Co-Founder Gets Monkey Tattoo on Rear End, Find Out Why

Careful what you say in a pitch. Speek CTO Danny Boice, a Microsoft BizSpark member and fully tattooed dropout from Harvard, said at the end of his pitch in front of TechCocktail’s pitch contest crowd at SXSW that if they won the pitch contest, then John Bracken, his CEO, would get the Speek mascot tattooed…

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Video: Interview Roundup of BizSpark Companies at #DEMO2012

We walked around and talked to the founders of some of the incredible BizSpark companies presenting in the pavilion at DEMO Fall.  You can get inside information and a free peek at one of the most important conferences for startup, by visiting our live feed page (watch this instead of doing your work at your…

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Highlights from Startup Weekend Blacksburg

Our champions in DC area, Ashish Jaiman and Ed Donahue, were mentors at StartupWeekend Blacksburg just last week (Sept 14th – 16th ) held at Rackspace in Blacksburg. The event was a huge success, and our guy Ashish says “Wow, what a great event. We learnt a lot to learn about the students and team’s…

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Highlights from Startup Weekend Cape Town

From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies. Startup Weekend is a global initiative which started in the USA and over 500 events have been held in 90 countries to date. On August 31st Cape…

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Highlights from Startup Weekend Cambodia

Startup Weekend Cambodia took place on 22 – 24 of June, with 80 registered participants becoming 8 teams. Microsoft Student Partners co-organized the event and participantswere able to take advantage of Microsoft BizSpark. Congratulations to the three winning teams (and to Piseth and our local team for organizing a great event). Here are some pictures…

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It’s Quite Okay to Make a Little Bit of Money

James Bond said it was okay, so why  not?  We are going to run this brief Experience interview with co-founder of Trade ChaseColin Smith. Trade Chase are an online BizSpark company that takes a very interesting approach to gambling. TradeChase is a stock market trading game.. They offer a range of day-trading games that pit you…

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A Post In Which I Will Almost Surprise You – TechCrunch Disrupt is Coming

Microsoft has some amazing tricks up its sleeve for the upcoming TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco. Thing is, I can’t tell you what they are.  I really want to be able to surprise you, and believe me, in a couple of days, I will be able to surprise you. But for now, I can tell…

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