Is Microsoft BizSpark Real? The Startups Who Email Us Know

When Microsoft first offered me a job at Microsoft to help them manage 50,000 startups that had joined Microsoft BizSpark for the free software and the community support, I had to admit, I wasn’t sure what to think. but I talked to the woman who would eventually become my boss, and that entire conversation, which…


JamPot is Northern Ireland’s Way of Saying "You Can Build Apps, Too"

Belfast built the Titanic. They can build apps — or an app builder — too. An app store model that lets you build complicated apps without developers has made something of a splash in Northern Ireland. JamPot has amassed 25,000 users building an untold number of apps. JamPot Technologies was a winner at the EU…


Reza Alizadeh, Architect Evangelist Wins Facebook Hackathon

Microsoft’s awesome developer evangelist Reza Alizadeh won the Facebook-Heroku hackathon a couple of weeks ago. This was a big deal. Reza went on to TechCrunch last weekend and participated in that hackathon with a team of about four other evangelist. That story is here, and here.  We were waiting to see if a Facebook blog…


Microsoft Developer Evangelist Hackers Enter TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon — Follow Them on Twitter

For the first time ever, Microsoft has entered its evangelists in the Tech Crunch Disrupt Hackathon. You can follow them on Twitter. You can follow this list on Twitter to connect with them:  The TechCrunch Disrupt 2012 Microsoft Hackers Or follow their individual tweets. The hashtags are #tcdisrupt and #bizspark Kevin Ashley — @kashleytwitReza Alizadeh -…


Why We Are Using Geekli.st — Hyper Community

When I met Reuben Katz, it was during one of my walks through Rocketspace in San Francisco, where I usually go to see what new startups are being worked on by the intelligentsia and the hard-working developers of the world.  Geekli.st, Katz’s project, proved to be something of great interest. It’s what I call a…


Virtual Windows 8 Building: Workshops on June 14

Some of you may have heard about the live workshops we are doing for developers in Seattle and San Francisco. They are opportunities to do some hands-on Windows 8 app building, while being face-to-face with devleopers, architects and other smart people who can help them build their ideas into the new touch-sensitive format. Some of you…


New 30 to Launch Event in Seattle

We’ve had a lot of signups for the 30 to Launch Series for Windows 8 happening at Rocketspace in San Francisco in June. So, we’ve decided to open another one in Seattle. Here are the details. Photo courtesy of Ttstam on Flickr under Creative Commons license Seattle 30 to Launch Windows 8 Series Come join us…