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Silicon Florist: Microsoft Accelerator

“It’s always nice to take a look at what’s happening in other startup scenes. Yesterday, I was up north at the—deep breath—Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure, powered by TechStars Demo Day on the Microsoft campus in Redmond, WA. All told, 10 new companies came out of the Accelerator, the first based on Azure…”

Mercury News: Microsoft, TechStars bring outside startups to Silicon Valley

“The collaboration with TechStars — dubbed the Microsoft Accelerator for Azure — is essentially BizSpark on steroids. Startups chosen for the program get shared office space in Seattle, development kits for Microsoft software and hardware and two years’ worth of access to Windows Azure, the company’s cloud computing platform. TechStars kicks in $20,000 per startup; access to a mentor network that includes the co-founders of Zillow and Maveron (Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz’s venture firm); and, of course, the final exam known as demo day.

Geekwire: Microsoft acquires cloud startup MetricsHub

“It is the first acquisition of a company from the Windows Azure accelerator program, which was formed last year in conjunction with TechStars to jumpstart new startups utilizing Microsoft’s cloud services. MetricsHub, founded by former Microsoft engineer Charles Lamanna, is a cloud monitoring service with built-in incident detection.”