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Crunch, Class, Commoditization: 3 Trends of Early Stage Startup Investing

It’s a good time to be an entrepreneur raising money. Venture capital funding in the first quarter of 2014 reached its highest mark since 2001, hitting $23.87 billion. New venture capital funds are popping up all over the place and incumbent firms are raising more dry powder to invest in new companies at the fastest […]

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UK Startups Have Gone Mad for MV Madness

On July 14 and 15, 38 Startups battled it out at MV Madness, to be part of the new Microsoft Ventures Accelerator in London cohort. Following on from the success of The Pitch, MV Madness took things to the next level, by being the first Microsoft Ventures event where teams not only pitched their startup […]

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TalentSee @ #WPC14

Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) is an annual global convergence of Microsoft’s top partners. WPC is open to any member of the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN). Attendees come from over 150 countries and represent many of the most successful, top-tier partners in MPN. All company sizes are represented at the event, from large enterprises to startups. […]

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Early Applicant Trends from our Home Automation Accelerator

We only announced the Microsoft Venture Accelerator in Partnership with American Family Insurance about a month ago and have been receiving a remarkable number of applications from companies innovating in the home automation space.

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Global Startup Stories: ZoomCar

I did something pretty crazy.  My co-founder and I, both Americans, gave up full scholarships at USC’s Marshall School of Business and at Cambridge University’s Judge School of Business, and moved to Bangalore to start India’s first car-sharing company, ZoomCar.

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Seven Laws of Information and Its Contextual Reference to IoT

Prashant specializes in Big-Data, Internet of Things, Urban & Rural Informatics and Cloud-powered Wearables. While exploring research focused on information-as-an-asset, I stumbled upon a paper (dated around 1999 written by Daniel Moody, University of Melbourne and Peter Walsh, Simsion Bowles and Associates) that took an asset valuation approach towards information.

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Connected Smart Homes – How IoT will Finally Network Communities

Prashant specializes in Big-Data, Internet of Things, Urban & Rural Informatics and Cloud-powered Wearables. Home automation and personalization have been active fields for many years. Innovation has largely been centred on personalized choices and thematic influences to suit individual needs. While most classical home automation solutions covered things such as lighting-sensor, climate control and some […]

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Five City Accelerator Meetups Announced

On June 17th we announced our newest Microsoft Ventures Accelerator in Partnership with American Family Insurance. We’re happy to share that the interest level has been high with a number of quality applications submitted.

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