The Companies in the Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure Program

Feld Thoughts

On Monday, the Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure companies were announced. I’m psyched to see what these companies build for and on top of Microsoft Azure. Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure, Powered by TechStars. TechStars Powers New Windows Azure Accelerator.

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When good investment decisions end up backing more women CEOs: Conversation with Cameron Lester at Azure Capital.

Grade A Entrepreneurs

Azure Capital , a San Francisco-based venture capital firm with over $650 million under management, has been remarkably successful since its inception a little over ten years go. Did Azure follow a specific strategy? Incidentally also, Azure threw away another bias at the time.

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The Microsoft Accelerator (Powered By TechStars) Is A Hit And It’s Expanding

Feld Thoughts

Each company gets $20k in funding, mentorship from top entrepreneurs, investors and Microsoft executives, $60K in Azure credit, office space, training and support, and demo day to pitch to investors, media, and industry influentials.

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Google Buzz is an Outlook/Exchange/Azure killer

Immersive Web

True, MSFT has moved O/E to the Cloud as well calling it Azure, but the move of the enterprise to Google Apps is growing. According to a recent Network World surve y, government organizations rated their intended usage of Google Apps by 2011 at 2.70 (heavy) and of Azure 4.13 (practically nonexistent) while enterprises weighed in at 3.03. while they ranked their planned Azure usage at 3.48 (1 being heaviest, 5 being least).

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Google Buzz is an Outlook/Exchange/Azure killer

Immersive Web

Immersive Web Home About Google Buzz is an Outlook/Exchange/Azure killer Google Apps has seen good but not crazy growth in the enterprise because as with most early products, its feature set is good but not great as compared to the incumbent Microsoft suite. True, MSFT has moved O/E to the Cloud as well calling it Azure, but the move of the enterprise to Google Apps is growing. while they ranked their planned Azure usage at 3.48 (1 being heaviest, 5 being least).

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Is AWS the next computing platform?

Version One Ventures

Over the past few months, I have grown to believe that one of the large cloud platforms – AWS , Google, MS Azure – can grow into this next computing platform. News Amazon AWS Azure Cloud computing computing platform Google

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Why Microsoft Still Matters

Inc Startups

It is hardly one of the cool kids on the tech block, but in a world where data integrity and trust matters, the company's Azure cloud platform is a security blanket for big corporations.

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Microsoft's New Azure Datamarket Has A Lot In Common With Icelandic


Last Friday, Microsoft's new Windows Azure Datamarket caught a lot of press as they launched. That domain holds a service, which resembles the Windows Azure Datamarket quite dramatically. The Icelandic company: The Microsoft Windows Azure Datamarket

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Framework Benchmarks Round 15


We are still gathering cloud results from Microsoft Azure and expect to post those for Round 15 soon. We used run ed713ee9 from Server Central and will update this blog entry to cite the Azure results for Round 15 when they are available.

mHealth in the Era of Obamacare

VC Cafe

Azure PCR ([link]. mobile health is taking off in Israel. Guest post by Levi Shapiro* The Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) represents the most systemic, transformative change in over 40 years to America’s largest economic sector: healthcare.

Austin-based GenXComm Lands $7 Million in Venture Capital


Other investors included Azure Capital Partners, Bandgap Ventures, Capital Factory, FAM Capital Partners, Lip-Bu Tan, UT Horizon Fund and WS Investment […]. By LAURA LOREK Publisher of Silicon Hills News GenXComm, a telecommunications startup spun out of the University of Texas at Austin, announced Tuesday it has raised $7 million in funding, led by Intel Capital.

Joining Get Satisfaction

Venture Chronicles

It’s also a pleasure to announce that Get Satisfaction has closed a $6 million in Series A funding led by Azure Capital Partners with O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures and First Round Capital participating. Cameron Lester, General Partner, from Azure joins Wendy Lea, CEO, Thor Muller, CTO and Co-founder and Bryce Roberts, Managing Director from OATV on Get Satisfaction’s board of directors. Tags: Get Satisfaction Azure Capital First Round OATV Social CRM

Microsoft Enterprise Apps: A Revisit

deal architect

In March I asked why Dynamics teams alway lag in leveraging innovations like Azure, Surface, Lync and others that Microsoft colleagues are developing just down the office.

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CognitiveScale Closes on $25 Million in Funding with Investment from Microsoft Ventures


The Austin-based startup, founded in 2013, reports the Microsoft investment will help the company develop applications based on Microsoft HoloLens and Microsoft Azure for consumers and businesses. […] The post CognitiveScale Closes on $25 Million in Funding with Investment from Microsoft Ventures appeared first on SiliconHills.

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Satya Nadella: Rewriting the book on co-opetition

deal architect

I asked Satya Nadella at last Fall’s analyst summit why Microsoft had been slow to leverage the multi-billion investment in Azure infrastructure (I had first written about the innovative data centers in The New Polymath in 2009). He seemed a. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) Industry Commentary

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You snooze, you lose

deal architect

People tell me I am impatient for calling Microsoft's Enterprise Apps a laggard for not leveraging for years innovations a stones' throw from them - Azure, Surface, Lync, Kinect etc.

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Framework Benchmarks Round 16


Round 16 is composed of: Run 6bb9ecf9-5be0-4cb4-b52b-16ea1a3b105b from Azure. Now in its fifth year, the TechEmpower Framework Benchmarks project has another official round of results available. Round 16 is a real treat for anyone who likes big numbers.

Not your Dads GoDaddy

deal architect

I have profiled innovations in the Microsoft Azure, the Facebook Prineville and Google’s data centers in my books. I requested an introduction to Arne Josefsberg, the new CIO at GoDaddy. I wanted to learn more about the infrastructure at the. Industry Commentary

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Polygraph Media Announces Launch of its Big Data Analysis Tool for Facebook Marketing

Austin Startup

Continue reading → Enterprise azure big data facebook polygraphPolygraph Media today announced the launch of its Polygraph™ Reports -- data mining and analytics for Facebook. With a data science approach, Polygraph works in real-time to collect data from Facebook Pages and subscriber-enabled Profiles, and quantifies it in over 40 charts, graphs, and data visualizations to give marketers actionable intelligence to inform marketing campaigns and strategies.

It just works

deal architect

Ok, it has taken Microsoft 25+ years to acknowledge it – but it is good to see it appreciative of Apple products, As it mimics Google’s infrastructure around Azure, I hope it is also man enough to acknowledge that.

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Framework Benchmarks Round 7


A contributor prepared scripts for running the benchmark suite on Windows Azure. If any Azure experts are interested in picking up that work where it exists now, please visit the GitHub repository or the Google Group for the project. Happy Halloween fans of web development frameworks!

Dell and Microsoft Team Up to Offer Hybrid Cloud Solutions


It’s a Microsoft Azure-based hybrid cloud called the Cloud Platform […] The post Dell and Microsoft Team Up to Offer Hybrid Cloud Solutions appeared first on SiliconHills. By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Microsoft and Dell have been partners every step of the way since Dell’s founding, said Michael Dell. And Wednesday, the two companies announced another joint venture. At Dell World, Dell and Microsoft announced new hybrid cloud solutions.

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Framework Benchmarks Round 13


Microsoft has provided the project with Azure credits, so starting with Round 13, the cloud environment is on Azure D3v2 instances. Round 13 of the ongoing Web Framework Benchmarks project is here!

Great New Opportunities in Product Management

The Product Guy

Seattle, WA) Keywords: aws, azure, cloud [link]. If you are a great product person looking for a great product job, or vice versa, check out our job board. Thousands of employers across all areas of product, from management to design, from digital to physical, are looking to fill positions from our community. Each week we highlight some of the recently posted openings. Check out this week’s newest, below…. Product Manager, Cloud @ Chef Software Inc.

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Dell Acquires Enstratius, a Cloud Software Company


It supports more than 20 public and private cloud platforms including OpenStack, VMware, Rackspace, Amazon Web Services and Windows Azure. Dell announced Monday the acquisition of Enstratius, a cloud management software and services provider. Enstratius, founded in 2008 and based in Minneapolis, Minn., helps organizations manage applications across private, public and hybrid clouds.

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Why Tim Cook is Steve Ballmer and Why He Still Has His Job at Apple

Steve Blank

Nadella got Microsoft organized around mobile and the cloud (Azure), freed the Office and Azure teams from Windows, killed the phone business and got a major release of Windows out without the usual trauma. What happens to a company when a visionary CEO is gone?

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Why Tim Cook is Steve Ballmer and Why He Still Has His Job at Apple

Steve Blank

Nadella got Microsoft organized around mobile and the cloud (Azure), freed the Office and Azure teams from Windows, killed the phone business and got a major release of Windows out without the usual trauma. What happens to a company when a visionary CEO is gone?

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The Microsoft Accelerator, round 2!

David Cohen

The second Microsoft Accelerator program is focused on Windows Azure began Monday. Meet the ten Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure companies that started Monday: Follow the Microsoft Accelerator on Twitter: @bizspark and @windowsazure.

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Quickly Unpacking Microsoft’s Acquisition Of GitHub


Microsoft will offer its tools in the GitHub marketplace and integrate GitHub’s enterprise services (such mapping developer attribution to LinkedIn or with Azure for cloud services) with its own sales channels. Satya strikes again. After being installed in 2014 as Microsoft’s new CEO, Nadella has turned around the Seattle ocean liner on a new course after the Ballmer regime.

Tech Strategies and Tools to Scale Your Business Efficiently

The Startup Magazine

Today’s leading infrastructure-as-a-service solutions include Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Compute Engine. Every business owner wants to grow their revenue, but scaling up your business can be a major challenge.

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Congrats On Your Acquisition! Some Thoughts On Data Integration And More.


Fortunately, most of that data was in Microsoft Azure. By being in a large public cloud with a global footprint like Microsoft Azure, it made the process of transfer much easier and secure than it would have been otherwise. By Ron Faith, president and CEO of Datacastle.

Microsoft Announces MS Office For iPad As Part Of “Mobile First, Cloud First” Approach


iPad-toting mobile warriors rejoice. If you’re missing the functionality of your Microsoft Office applications such as Word, Excel and Powerpoint, Microsoft has just made them official for your iPad.

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The Cloud Computing Battle

Early Stage Adventures

Playing catchup has been Google Cloud Platform, which includes its IaaS Google Compute Engine, and Microsoft Azure. The Cloud computing battle is well underway with tech giants battling to ensure they emerge with dominant market shares. How is this playing out?

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Finnish Startup Beats Google, Microsoft and Amazon In Cloud Hosting Performance


Cloud Spectator compared the price-performance value of 25 cloud service providers in Europe, including big players such as Google Compute Engine, Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure.

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Microsoft, Near Death, & Enterprise Cloud

Agile VC

And Microsoft’s Azure strategy has given it a strong position in public and private cloud computing. 3) Triple down on cloud infrastructure & services with Azure and acquisitions.

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The 7 Deadly Healthcare Startup Sins

Steve Blank

The reality is that healthcare customers know that startups’ portals are likely hosted by AWS, Azure, or Google, and therefore pose security and privacy concerns.

A framework for categorizing and comparing cloud platforms

Travel. Adventure Travel. Cycling. Trekking. Bike Tours. Business. Content Marketing. Engagement Tracking. Conversation Management. Employee Engagement. Social Marketing and Sales. Sales Activity Management. B2B Sales Process. Technology. Affordable Technology. Agile Development. Big Data.

MicroISV Digest 10/20/2010

47 Hats

This week Bob and Pat talk with Matt Spradley , founder of Impirus Legal Websites.Impirus provides a “WordPress/Basecamp&# tailored experience for solo legal practitioners, and Matt talks candidly about the challenges and opportunities of selling to not-early adopters, how and why Impirus is using Windows Azure (“Have to pry it from my cold, dead hands.&# ) and more.

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[Singapore][Competition] Students’ Digital Scrapbook Idea Wins Microsoft Imagine Cup Championship 2012


Build on Windows 8 and Windows Azure, the aim of DARE, as part of reminiscence therapy, is to stimulate recall of past memories through photographs and other media (e.g.

Should this startup exist? Converting 5W’s into existential justification

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

LoudCloud invented cloud computing in 2000 but had to pivot away, but of course AWS, Google, Rackspace, Azure and others are a smashing success in 2016. In American grade-school, we learn the “Five Ws” interrogatives: Who, What, When, Where, Why. And How.