Microsoft's Geek 2 Chic charity fashion show with Bloomingdale's coming to San Francisco on May 15th!

Today I am pleased to announce that the charity fashion show series Geek 2 Chic that I produce for Microsoft in partnership with Bloomingdale’s is coming to San Francisco. Geek 2 Chic: SF will take place from 6-9pm on Wednesday, May 15, on the second level of Bloomingdale’s Westfield San Francisco Centre. More details including…

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A Microsoft approach to thinking about lean government

In entrepreneurship, the idea of a “lean startup” has caught on like a firestorm. Inspired by Eric Ries’ book of the same name, lessons about doing more with less and launching “minimum viable products” are being consumed by founders in Silicon Valley and around the world. Now these lean principles have entered pop culture to…

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Where are all the tech people on Washington Life magazine's Young and the Guest List?

Mayor Vincent Gray was there. So was Rep. Darrell Issa. And entrepreneur and investor Steve Case. No, not some event in Washington, DC, but rather the South-by-Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas this past week, talking about all things DC and startup. There’s a lot of talk about a new wave of small tech startups…

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Acceleration Nation: Is Washington DC The Next Great Startup Hub?

First it was Silicon Valley of course, and then Silicon Alley (New York City), and then Silicon Beach (Santa Monica, CA area). What could possibly be next? Well, there’s a lot of buzz about whether Washington, DC could be the next great American startup hub. Entrepreneur Allen Gannett, co-founder of Splash Networks and the Civic…

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Microsoft highlights its corporate citizenship and positive role in the economy in a pair of Washington, DC events

Two events held last week in the Washington, DC region highlighted Microsoft’s strong track record with empowering youth and strengthening the economy.   YouthSpark Connection Breakfast At Microsoft’s Innovation and Policy Center on K St. in downtown DC, YouthSpark Connection Breakfast keynote speakers Fred Humphries, Microsoft VP of US Government Affairs, and the District of…

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The “1776″ initiative launches in Washington, DC to convene and accelerate startups in the nation’s capital

Washington, DC’s startup community will have a new epicenter with the launch of 1776, a major multi-faceted initiative focused on helping entrepreneurs solve the country’s biggest problems. Located just blocks from the White House, 1776 will convene and accelerate startups by connecting them to the political, intellectual, social and financial capital that makes Washington, DC…

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American TimeHop: How the National Archives could make uncovering old information easier and personalized

Want to understand how a government decision that seemed insignificant 15 years ago has a big effect on your life today? There’s an app for that. Well, actually, I lied — There isn’t. But there could be.   USA Today integrates TimeHop USA Today recently announced an intriguing new collaboration with TimeHop, an app whose…

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Online Education Startup Minerva Launches Non-profit to Reimagine 21st-Century Research Universities

The Minerva Project, an education startup self-described as “the first elite American university launched in a century,” has $25 million in venture funding and advisors including former Harvard president Larry Summers. From their website: Minerva is assembling an exceptional team dedicated to providing a uniquely rigorous and challenging education to the brightest students in the…

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Microsoft Mentors Budding Tech Entrepreneurs At StartupWeekend Blacksburg

This is a guest post by Ashish Jaiman, the startups lead for Microsoft’s public sector developer and platform evangelism (DPE) group, based in Washington, DC. This post originally appeared in slightly different form on the official Bizspark blog. On Sept. 14-16th, my colleague Ed Donahue and I were mentors at StartupWeekend Blacksburg, hosted by Rackspace…

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A 21-Year-Old Healthcare Startup Accelerator Founder From Stanford Shares Her Four Big Lessons Learned

This is a guest post by Deanna Logorelc, a staff writer at MedCity News, where this article first appeared. Reprinted with permission. Last summer, when regenerative medicine company Stem Cell Theranostics went through the StartX accelerator program at Stanford University along with one other biotech company, the team members realized that many aspects of their…

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