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Microsoft WebsiteSpark is sponsoring 130 six-month full scholarships to StartupToDo.com for professional web developers and designers. Here’s how it works: if you’re a web designer/developer delivering sites to customers and you have less than 10 employees, I can now sponsor you for the Microsoft WebsiteSpark program. And if you live in the U.S., Microsoft is sponsoring as of today those 130 six-month scholarships to StartupToDo.com (regular price: $105 for a six month subscription). More info…

If you are interested in getting some quality time and support for your startup or microISV .NET app, check out the upcoming Microsoft BizSpark Incubation Week for Windows 7, to be held at Microsoft Technology Center, Reston, VA Monday 8/24/2009 to Friday 8/28/2009. This event is ½ day of training, 3 ½ days of active prototype/development time, and a final day for packaging/finishing and reporting out to a panel of judges for various prizes. This…

Okay Dan, Gregg, Andy, Ron, Saurabh, Shane, Tom, Brad, Faik and Mike: I surrender! I’ve just applied to join the Association of Shareware Professionals. When that many people tell you in one day to go see the movie, you go see the movie. Besides Mike bet me a $100 dinner (the cost of ASP a year) in Boston at the next Software Industry Conference if joining ASP did not generate $1,000 in new startup/microISV consulting…

Julien Codorniou, the program manager for Microsoft BizSpark, emailed me this morning to tell me I’m the second most active BizSpark Network Partner worldwide! Second. I hate being second. Especially when that means almost besting all those stuffy VC’s with their staffs, VLE (Very Large Egos) and their hundreds of millions of dollars. So let me up the ante a bit. For the rest of 2008, anyone who emails me to get enrolled in BizSpark…

(Note: if you just hate everything Microsoft, now’s a great time to skip this post. 🙂 ) So what’s the difference between Microsoft Empower and Microsoft BizSpark (of which I’m now a Network Partner, meaning you can get in through me.)? I think it depends on your circumstances. I was in Empower – and found it a great help in getting my microISV product out the door. Empower is good, the tech support is a…

Over the last few days you may have heard of Microsoft’s new program for startups, BizSpark. I am now a BizSpark Network Partner, so if you are interested in taking advantage of what Microsoft is offering please contact me at bob.walsh@47hats.com (Please, include the word BizSpark in the subject so I can spot it quicker.) Before you do so, definitely have a look at the BizSpark FAQ and Portal to see if you/your company qualify.…