News Cellar - Startup / Entrepreneurship

Microsoft India launches BizSpark for startups

Deepti Chaudhary - Wednesday, December 17, 2008 3:53 PM

In its bid to woo startups in India, Microsoft Corp (India) Pvt Ltd. has launched Microsoft BizSpark - a program designed to provide free access to Microsoft’s professional software. Under the initiative, BizSpark will offer access to the company’s current development tools, platform technologies as well as production licenses at no cost.

“The initiative is targeted at the startups for whom affording software means capital expenditure. We want to be an enabler for them,” said Moorthy Uppaluri, general manager, developer and platform evangelism, Microsoft Corp (India). The incentives include, access to design tools, development test and demonstration, IT operations servers, and support resources (both technical and non technical) and integration with Microsoft's sales team and product groups.

News Cellar - Marketing

My Way: Strategies for Courting Consumers Online

August 28, 2007 11:03 a.m.

The methods small companies discover to attract customers on the Web -- and get them to buy -- are bound to be as individual as the companies themselves. Here's a look at how four small companies are wooing online clients and shoppers.

Facebook Application

Who: Seattle start-up iLike Inc. is a music-sharing site that allows users to track what their friends are listening to. It makes money through advertising and partners with Ticketmaster.

What: The company launched an application on Facebook that allows users to share music on a service powered by iLike in May.

Results: The service is among the top five applications on Facebook, measured by the number of users. Five million of iLike's 9 million registered users came to the service from Facebook, says Ali Partovi, iLike's chief executive officer. Its Facebook users tend to return to the service more frequently.

Personal Growth - Money

Work Hard, Earn Less?

by Robert Kiyosaki

 American workers have been getting the short end of the stick since 1943.

That's when the United States Congress, in response to the costs of World War II, passed the Current Tax Payment Act. The act requires employers to withhold taxes from their employees' paychecks, overturning the previous system in which workers were paid first and settled their tab with the government later.


News Cellar - Startup Profile

Eugene tech start-up wins big

A Eugene-based Internet startup company won $57,500 in seed capital at the Angel Oregon investment competition in Portland earlier this week.

“I’m on cloud nine right now,” Caroline Cummings, cofounder and CEO of OsoEco said Friday.

It’s not just the prize money, she said. Since Wednesday’s event, Cummings said she has met with investors who want to contribute a half-million dollars, and help her raise another half-million to meet OsoEco’s fundraising goal of $1 million by May 15.

“The big part of the win for us was the amount of attention and exposure we got out of the event,” Cummings said.



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