Bytes by MSDN: Jim O'Neil and Dave Nielsen discuss Microsoft BizSpark and Cloud Computing

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Who is a start-up company's best friend? Microsoft's BizSpark program and Cloud Computing.  Microsoft BizSpark is a global program that helps software startups succeed by giving them access to Microsoft software development tools, connecting them with key industry players, including investors, and providing marketing visibility to help entrepreneurs starting a business. Windows Azure is available through BizSpark, and Cloud Computing provides significant advantages for start-up companies.

Join this cloud discussion with Jim O'Neil, Microsoft's North East Developer Evangelist, and Dave Nielsen, Co-founder of CloudCamp & Principal at Platform D. Dave and Jim bring up several real life examples of start-up companies in today's market that are harnessing the cloud to enhance their productivity, save cost and grow. If you are part of a start-up company, this is one discussion you don't want to miss.

About Jim O'Neil

Jim is a Developer Evangelist for Microsoft who covers the Northeast District. His overall focus is to engage with the development community in the area through user groups, code camps, barcamps, Microsoft-speaking events, etc., and just in general serve as ambassador for Microsoft. Over the past year or so, Jim has been focusing on software development scenarios using cloud computing and Windows Azure.

Jim joined Microsoft in April 2008 after nearly 12 years working for Sybase in a support and sales consultant role for its developer tools, namely PowerBuilder and EAServer. Prior to that he worked on various DoD projects at MITRE (Bedford, MA) and BDM International (in McLean, VA, now subsumed by Northrop Grumman). Jim received in B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science from Austin Peay State University in 1985 and his M.S. in Computer Science from Duke University in 1987.


About Dave Nielsen

Dave is the co-founder of CloudCamp, and principal consultant at Platform D, a developer programs consulting company. With over 8 years of developer marketing experience, Dave helps companies such as PayPal, Wetpaint, Nirvanix, Strikeiron create and run their own developer programs. Prior to Platform D, Dave was PayPal's first Technical Evangelist and went on to grow the PayPal Developer Network to over 350,000 developers. Dave gained modest notoriety when he proposed to his wife in his book PayPal Hacks. Dave is also the co-creator of the CloudCamp, a grassroots community for sharing of information about Cloud Computing. You can follow Dave on Twitter or through his blog.


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