Notes from FailCon: Why #Fail Could Be Your Biggest Catalyst for Growth

We work and live in a startup culture that prizes money, funding, success over things like failure, which is actually one of the most important things that can happen to a founder or a developer. This blog post was written by Douglas Crets, Community Manager for Microsoft BizSpark. For information on how you can get…


Prevent Bureaucratic Snafus with ID2Doc, a Bulgarian Disruption

A startup founder in Bulgaria is trying to make it easier for you to transfer information from ID and other public record documents to paperwork, so that you don’t make costly mistakes that waste your time, and get bureaucrats all in a kerfluffle. This interview is from one of our ambassadors in Europe, Dimitar Georgiev,…


MediSafe Project: Starting a Tech Business is More Challenging Than Learning to Fly

We asked Israeli startup MediSafe Project to teach us something about what it means to work on a startup. As it turns out, the entrepreneur lifestyle is very challenging.  According to MediSafe founder  You can follow them on Twitter @MediSafeProject What have you learned about managing a technological business that you would pass on to the next…


Israeli Research and Dev Center, Home to First Microsoft Israel Accelerator, Partners with Georgia Tech and Technion

The Microsoft R&D Center in Israel, through the Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure, has launched a cooperative effort with the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Technion. This cooperation is the first attempt in the world, out of Georgia Tech’s accelerator – Flashpoint – to boost success of startups in an accelerator program using scientific…


Amir Pinchas: Startup Adrenaline

It’s BizSpark European Summit rehearsal day and the level of adrenalin here at Microsoft’s London offices – where we’ve got 15 start-ups all being put through their paces ahead of tomorrow’s big day – is high. Like we do every year, we provide the finalists in tomorrow’s pitch competition as much support as possible, so…


Wappwolf Is Wawesome — An Automated File Workflow Process

Pun aside, Wappwolf is based at Rocketspace on Fremont Street in San Francisco. It’s run by Roland Trimmel, who is from Austria, and his team, also from Austria. They have an automation app for documents put into dropbox that is easy to use and that gives me some thoughts on the future of workplace automation. …


30 to Launch Azure at Seed Philly!

Back in February we had a great series of Windows Phone 7 talks we did at Seed Philly that culminated in a demo night where startups showed off some pretty interesting Windows Phone 7 applications. During the weeks that we held the event, we heard from attendees, “Why don’t you do this with Azure?” Well,…


Event Report – Startup Weekend Tampa

Startup Weekend Tampa – April 13-15, 2012 (Quick Note – At Microsoft we do event reports when we participate in big community events so we can share experiences and let our co-workers know what we’re up. This was really a fantastic event so I wanted to share a little wider.) http://tampa.startupweekend.org/ (Video and results available)…