Microsoft Bizspark Information Session and Update

Speaker - Anand Iyer, Developer Evangelist at Microsoft Corp.

BizSpark is is an innovative new program that unites startups with entrepreneurial and technology resources in a global community with a common goal of supporting and accelerating the success of a new generation of high-potential Startups.

Anand will speak on the following topics:

1) Overview of BizSpark - how it works and who can participate

2) Microsoft's product inititives for 2009 including the Windows 7 beta program

3) How to approach and engage Microsoft as a strategic partner

Speaker Bio:

Anand joined Microsoft in January 2005 as an Evangelist, Microsoft's ambassador to Northern California. During his tenure there, he has been in the midst of several Microsoft launches. He has spoken at over a hundred conferences on a variety of topics. Anand is actively involved in the startup and the open source and standards communities in the Silicon Valley. Anand works closely with Microsoft's Emerging Business Team empowering startups to launch their businesses on the Microsoft platform. More recently, he has been program managing the launch of BizSpark, a program for early stage startups, in the United States. Before joining Microsoft, Anand worked for Cisco Systems' New Business Ventures team, pioneering XML-based manageability solutions. During his five-year tenure as a Technical Lead and Software Engineer, Anand worked closely with customers to fine-tune his product features. Anand has extensive experience in software methodologies, and has worked on several development platforms. Anand has also earned two patent awards related to manageability solutions on networking platforms. In June 2006, Anand was also responsible in co-founding an organization aimed at bringing technical community managers together, called the Global Network of Technology Evangelists (GNoTE). Anand graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Computer Engineering. He goes by the online alias ‘artificialignorance’ and blogs at When he is not blogging, you can find him on Twitter at


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