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TechStars, Microsoft ally on new Windows Azure startup incubator

Microsoft is deepening its relationship with TechStars, announcing today a new startup accelerator program in Seattle designed for those companies developing cloud-based services on the back of Windows Azure. The program will kick off this fall with 1o companies traveling to the TechStars Seattle incubator space in the South Lake Union neighborhood, which ironically happens… Read More

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Jeff Bezos, Eric Schmidt bankroll money transfer startup Beamit Mobile

Seattle startup Beamit Mobile has raised $2.4 million in fresh financing from former Google CEO Eric Schmidt’s TomorrowVentures, Founder’s Co-op and Bezos Expeditions, the venture capital firm of Jeff Bezos. The money will be used to continue development of the company’s technology, which allows immigrants to transfer money to mobile phones in developing countries. “These investors share our vision of… Read More

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Microsoft picks 11 startups for new Kinect Accelerator

When Microsoft introduced its new Kinect Accelerator startup program a few months ago, the company anticipated receiving about 150 applications. But nearly 500 startup companies applied, making the selection process “brutally hard,” said Craig Eisler, general manager for Kinect for Windows. “It was really quite remarkable and awe inspiring to see so many ideas,” said Eisler, adding… Read More

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TechStars perk: Free cloud services from Microsoft’s Windows Azure

Hook ‘em while they’re young. That could very well be the code-name of a partnership announced today between Microsoft and TechStars, the high-tech incubator which operates programs in Seattle, Boulder, Boston, New York and Texas. As part of an alliance today, Microsoft said that it will offer both graduates and current enrollees of the three-month… Read More

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Microsoft partners with TechStars for new Kinect Accelerator

Microsoft is looking for a few good Kinect hackers, and it’s turning to TechStars to help discover those teams. Microsoft this week launched the Kinect Accelerator — a new incubation program developed in partnership with TechStars. Ten teams will be invited to the TechStars’ offices in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood beginning in May for… Read More

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Why invest in TechStars class of 2011?

“Tada!” Eleven-year-old Jude Sack, son of TechStars leader Andy Sack, swept his arms with a flourish.  It’s the halftime break between TechStars demo day presentations. A rope “magically” bisects young Jude’s middle, leaving the audience delighted and applauding. It was a decent metaphor for TechStars 2011.  When I first met them, Andy’s proteges were young… Read More

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Book smarts vs. street smarts: Which makes the best startup entrepreneurs? (Infographic)

Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg dropped out of Harvard to start their respective companies, relying on their enormous intellect and technology experience to change the world. But Sergey Brin and Jerry Yang both received advanced degrees at Stanford, and things turned out pretty well for them. So, what’s an entrepreneur to do? Bypass the educational… Read More

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My five favorite pitches from the TechStars Seattle Demo Day

TechStars Seattle today concluded their three-month long startup bootcamp as 10 companies presented their business ideas to a packed crowd at the Showbox Sodo in Seattle. It’s been a long, hard voyage for each of the companies, starting with a vigorous application process in which just two percent of applicants were accepted. Many of the… Read More

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TechStars: An inside look at 87 days of madness

It’s day 87 of TechStars Seattle. It’s also the last day of the program. The incubation program culminates with an event this afternoon called Demo Day where more than 400 angel investors, VCs and press will watch ten companies pitch their vision in just six minutes. Six minutes. That’s all you get to impress the audience,… Read More

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TechStars ruins your sex life

What happens when you lock a bunch of computer nerds in a room for 90-days and encourage them to create new startup companies? Well, for one thing, they stop having sex. That’s one of the findings in a new infographic (yeah, sounds kind of dirty considering the topic, doesn’t it?) produced by TechStars’ participants Vizify… Read More

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Startup Weekend kicks off SW Next: A multi-day bootcamp for entrepreneurs

Startup Weekend has already given thousands of developers, geeks and other tech professionals a taste of what it’s like to start a company. But, sometimes, you just can’t cram everything into a 54-hour coding marathon. In order to address those needs, the Kauffman Foundation-backed non-profit is experimenting with a new program in Seattle called SW Next…. Read More

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Where are they now? Update on the TechStars Class of 2010

Some have gone out of business. Several have changed course. And most are still hanging their shingle in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood, looking to transform everything from the way we watch TV to how we manage airline miles. As TechStars Seattle gets ready to launch a new batch of hatchlings on Thursday (full list… Read More

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LikeBright: Helping nice gals find good dudes since 2011

The problem with many online dating sites is that they are dominated by dudes, sometimes creating an unwelcoming environment for 50 percent of the population. LikeBright co-founders Sonya Lai, Ron Lai and Nick Soman want to flip the model on its head, creating a service where women can vouch for guys they know and tag… Read More

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Meet Romo: The super cool smartphone-powered robot

A few weeks ago, I bumped into Romotive co-founder Phu Nguyen at a geeky tech event in Seattle. Nguyen, who had recently joined the class of TechStars Seattle, was showing off a cool way to control a mini-robot from his smartphone. Intrigued, I had to find out more. Now, according to a new video posted on… Read More

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No more slacking in class: Highlighter unveils Groups to boost student engagement

As students head back to college campuses this fall, here’s a new technology from a Seattle startup which might change the rules on those well-known slackers who’ve been known to skip homework and reading assignments. Highlighter’s latest offering, dubbed Groups, is a free online tool that allows professors to form private online groups where students,… Read More

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Seattle group wins $1.2 million for new startup gaming accelerator

Seattle’s gaming industry is often overlooked, but it is an economic force in the region with more than 150 companies employing upwards of 15,000 people. And with recent deals like Electronic Arts buying Seattle-based PopCap Games for up to $1.3 billion, there’s certainly a need to make sure that the next-generation of gaming companies take… Read More

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The entrepreneurial ‘petri dish’ at General Assembly, and why one geek would love to see it in Seattle

Let’s get one thing cleared up right away. TeachStreet founder Dave Schappell’s investment in General Assembly does not indicate that the New York City-based startup incubator, co-working space and technology education firm is planning a Seattle branch campus. At least, not anytime in the near future. But, would Schappell, who joined with the likes of… Read More