#SXSW Is About Getting It Done

What a thrill to land in Austin two days ago and immediately start answering tweets and text messages, setting up meetings and designating meetup spots for official and unofficial — business. When BizSpark travels, there is never a city we land in where there is not an entrepreneur, a partner organization or a awesome event…

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This Week's Best Developer and Entrepreneur Conversations on Facebook

Facebook has a really poor way of archiving and curating great conversations. Since Facebook is basically collecting all the data for itself, you can’t really keep track of it. That’s why every week we take the time to archive the great conversatoins here, so that you can use them for your benefit, and find access…

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Infantium for Windows 8: How An Idea Becomes an App

It’s exciting enough when we hear about developers taking existing apps and putting them on our new Windows 8 platform, but it’s even more exciting when it’s a brand new app that is breaking new ground – and in children’s education.  Infantium is one of a number of W8 apps being developed by innovators and…

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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…

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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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Hey Bro: The Three Startup Pitches That Will Have Investors Screaming for More

After seeing hundreds of startup pitches at startup competitions and Startup Weekend events, I’ve come to realize that there are three types of pitches that almost always win.  When I refer to winning pitches, I am being agnostic to the industry or technology and referring more to how the pitch is actually delivered.  Here are…

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Facebook Promoted Posts: A Tool You Need In Your Startup Kit

After the IPO, what will $5 get you in Facebook? Turns out, plenty. After this months rocky but massively important IPO, we are really starting to see changes in how Facebook is trying to monetize their platform.  Many of you have seen an additional button on Facebook posts on your brand page that says “Promote”. …