Microsoft Working with Startups

For the past few months, I have been working with a company called VRPhysio. They are a data driven health company but specifically focusing on rehabilitation health using a virtual reality device. They are part of the Microsoft for Startups program called BizSpark and are able to take advantage of software and services along with other cool collaboration opportunities like the one that presented itself a few weeks ago. Read more “Microsoft Working with Startups”

Cognitive Services Computer Vision API powers Teamstream video search

Teamstream and its clients have a problem understanding the content inside their video libraries—a problem not just for them, but for everyone who uses traditional methods of archiving and retrieving videos. A video is typically created by a team, indifferently tagged, and saved out to a file in some repository—a file server or a cloud-based shared service like YouTube. In both cases, the videos are stored in a folder structure which is organized by client and by project. This type of methodology is extremely limiting when searching for particular videos. What is the job number? Which client was that? Did we do similar videos? Is this the right version? The difficulty multiplies when you want to search for specific content within videos. If a video is not tagged or named correctly—which is often the case—it can be impossible to find what you’re looking for. Teamstream Productions was looking for a “fix” that offered deep searching capabilities within a set of videos, a fix that would be accessible through multiple channels so that if the team is on the go or giving a presentation, they can access this search through mobile or web. Read more “Cognitive Services Computer Vision API powers Teamstream video search”

Microsoft Sparks Startups with BizSpark Plus

BizSpark Plus just got a whole lot better. Starting on July 1st the current BizSpark Plus offering will increase from $60,000 for one year of Azure cloud services to $120,000. We are partnering with top accelerators across the country to get this in the hands of early stage startups. Techstars, ERA, Seedcamp, 1871 and MassChallenge are part of over a 100 in 47 countries that partnering with the program.

These organizations are in the trenches, providing the marketing and business support that early stage companies need to be successful. The offer expands our existing BizSpark Plus program which, in addition to open source friendly Azure, provides free software, developer tools, and technical support to help startups be successful.  Check out the following video to hear what some of them had to say:

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Watch this video to learn more about the BizSpark program

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Here is the official release.

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Breakfast Series: BizSpark for Startups and Small Business

Microsoft Corporation created the BizSpark program to support entrepreneurship and help startups grow their business. By providing founders with access to leading technology products, business and technical support, and market visibility, Microsoft is assisting young companies in their early years, when they need it most. Read more “Breakfast Series: BizSpark for Startups and Small Business”

Microsoft Ventures Connected Devices Accelerator Pitch Event in NYC 7/17

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Recently Microsoft Ventures in partnership with American Family Insurance, announced a new Seattle based accelerator for Home Automation. This 4 month program based in Redmond, will provide mentorship, workspace,  a $25,000 investment, and access to Microsoft Technology & Design.

To help launch this initiative, MS Ventures will be holding an event on July 17th at the Invisible Dog in Brooklyn NY for startups innovating in the Home Automation and Connected Devices space. This event will provide an opportunity to network and identify incubator applicants through a pitch process.  Read more “Microsoft Ventures Connected Devices Accelerator Pitch Event in NYC 7/17”