Peer Into Real Time Usage with Tap-O-Mizer, a Microsoft BizSpark Startup Tool Released This Weekend

The continually morphing Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 ecosystem added another feature this weekend as one of our Microsoft BizSpark members, Ilija Injac, delivered to the Windows Azure market a new app for Windows developers. Introducing TapMap, a heatmap extension for Windows developers.  TapMap helps developers track real usage data on their apps as…

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Pay With Bits App is BizSpark Member's Times Square Debut

Prateek Gupta went out with his TechCrunch Disrupt team to Times Square and found an unsuspecting vendor to try their BitCoin app on.  Here is the resulting video of Pay With Bits, which got them named in a TechCrunch article last night. Having been a denizen of NYC for five years, Douglas Crets, our community…

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Kill Fragmentation. Catch GlideOS at TechCrunch Disrupt NY April 29-30

This is a part 1 of a multi-part blog series celebrating Microsoft BizSpark startups at Techcrunch Disrupt NY, which starts tomorrow. You can catch GlideOS demoing their awesome Windows 8 app at the Microsoft booth at TechCrunch Disrupt NY on April 29th and 30th.     This interview was conducted by Neha Bhaskar, SR CHANNEL &…

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The Magnificent Eight -- Bringing Apps to Market In a Massive Wave

Why bring one app to market when you can launch 10, 20, even 30?  That is the ethos of a dynamic team of young Finnish developers who go by the wonderful name of the Magnificent Eight.  As the name might suggest, this is an award-winning team of eight who have known each other since high…

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The Last Bubble's Investors Are in a Lag, Disruption Investors Are Avant-Garde

Could be wrong, but I believe investors and startup people are in what you call a deployment period. We are searching out new ways to finance. This blog post was written by Douglas Crets, Community Manager and Social Strategist of the Microsoft BizSpark program. We are mistakenly using the junk heap of the past to…

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Building a Company With Community and Design Support

You can find dozens of sites out there that talk about the financial and operational logistics of building a startup. Does anyone really know the answer? Yes, there are technical things that a business needs to run. But most great businesses grew out of moments of clarity and trial and error. Most great startups created…

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Gaming Your Education

Most students graduate facing the challenge of getting a job, but Chai Botta, the CEO of GameIn this isn’t a problem.  He and his co-founders are already running their own successful start-up, with a fast-growing game in the Windows 8 store, even though some of them are still in full-time education, including Chai. The story…

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A Coming Flud? With Death of Print a Reality, It's Time to Get Granular and Social

Andrew Sullivan is right about the death of print. Newsweek print may be a dead beast in the muck – and for the good. What it means for digital, though, is extremely important. Digital media is about delivering people to people, rather than delivering people to a platform where they have to then imagine their…

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Training the Utility Players in the World's Largest Game of Baseball

One of the greatest social equalizers of the modern era was public education, or, education in general. You put people in a system that trained them to think, or taught them ways to approach problems, and you could put them to work and create jobs.  This blog post was written by Douglas Crets, Community Manager…

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