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Straight Talk from UK Investors

Microsoft Ventures Accelerator in London recently held panel discussions on seed funding with top UK venture capitalists. For the startups in the room with burning questions, they covered assessment of startup teams, attractiveness of pre-revenue business models, valuation positioning and boldness of financial projections.

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Livestream: Microsoft Ventures Global Startup Day

Eleven of the brightest startups from top entrepreneurial ecosystems around the world are joining us at Global Startup Day in San Francisco. The event celebrates startups that graduated from our accelerator and incubation programs and are seeing market traction as a result.

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Internet of Things 101: Understanding the Building Blocks of the Connected World

Most people I meet often define the advancements in hardware miniaturization, smart digital hub, and personalized home environment as a smart revolution.

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Startup Stories: A Day in the Life of Buying Butler

On a typical morning, I’m up around 6:30 am. My team and I are based in Nottingham, although I try and stay in London a couple nights a week to save the commute to the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator in London. My train arrives into Kings Cross, and I jump on the Hammersmith and City line […]

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SEO 101: Search & Social Basics for All

From the very start, almost every new business today, and certainly all of them with a website, learns that search engine marketing will be important to their success. As the senior product manager on Bing Webmaster Tools, I recently had the pleasure of hosting a Microsoft Ventures workshop at WeWork in Seattle where I explained […]

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Machine Learning Tech Talk for Startups

Chun Ming leads the Bing engineering team to improve search engine results using machine learning techniques. He obtained his Masters from the University of California, Berkeley and Bachelors from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. His concentration was in machine learning and computer vision. Previously, he also founded […]

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Hitting the Right Notes at the Pitch

Ben Floyd, CEO of Bar Pass, sharing his company’s journey at The Pitch Last Wednesday, twelve startups from the second Microsoft Ventures Accelerator in London took part in a Demo Day, called The Pitch. The Pitch didn’t just give our startups the opportunity to impress the panel, they pitched to a standing room only house […]

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NYC Tech Is Fueling the New Economy

New York has always been an important hub of finance and fashion. Known for Wall Street, Broadway and the glitzy advertising agencies of Times Square and Madison Avenue, there is now another reason that New York is the “city that never sleeps.”

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