Bing Fund Welcomes Sonar -- First East Coast Team in the Portfolio

Today Bing Fund and Sonar announced that Bing Fund has reached across this great land of ours to invite Sonar into its portfolio of startups. And they made at least part of their announcement via Vine. We think it really may be the first ever press release via Vine.  Sonar and Microsoft actually have a…

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Why Should I Apply for the Windows Azure Accelerator Powered by Tech Stars?

The Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure, Powered by Tech Stars will have its first of two demo days starting January 17 in Seattle. Then they will move down to Silicon Valley to close out the month with a demo day in front of investors there. If you are thinking about applying to the second Windows…

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SwitchCam: Perfect Startup Mentor? MacGyver, Obviously

Remember how MacGyver used to take pencils, a piece of gum, a mirror shard and an armadillo paw and make a nuclear detonator out of it to escape his captors? Yes, that’s how you build a start-up. It’s not that far from the truth. Startup founders need a more than a healthy dose of ingenuity…

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Startup Washington Launches in Seattle

The BizSpark team joined over 300 entrepreneurs and regional leaders for the official launch of Startup Washington!  Special attendees included Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, Startup America Board Member Pamela Contag and Director of the Department of Commerce for the State of Washington, Rogers Weed. This blog post was written by Midori Lawler Startup Washington is…

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Investors at Microsoft Silicon Valley to Experience Demo Day with Israeli Startups September 6

Today is the first ever Microsoft Accelertor for Windows Azure — Israel  Demo Day.  Today, dozens of investors and startups from Israel come to Silicon Valley headquarters in Mountain View to experience pitches from some dudes and dudettes who have flown over 8,000 miles to experience the deep connections we have with the Valley. Here…

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Microsoft Accelerator: Seattle Pretty Much Just Blew Up With Startup Goodness

Whew. That’s over. That was some crazy Microsoft Accelerator for Kinect Business that just went down last week. Here’s a review of it, if you have not seen anything about the eleven companies that demo’d their work at the Demo Day on Friday.  Step into the Realm Links and pictures for your entertainment — we…

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Web Tour: What Others Are Saying About Your Startup

Well, they are not talking specifically about you, but the way these people are talking, it’s wonder you are not listening to them.  One of the common traps for startups is that they stop thinking about what didn’t get them into the game in the first place. That’s right, they fixate on what they are…

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BizSpark Partners and Microsoft Accelerator In The News

It’s been a heavy media day around here.  Some reporters from Endgadget and Bloomberg just got back from their trip to see the Microsoft Accelerator in Seattle.  Photo courtesy Bloomberg The Endgadget piece focuses on several of the startup accelerator participants, like Freak’nGenius: Freak’n Genius co-founder Kyle Kesteron is a former illustrator and toy developer and current…

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