Accessing Azure for Free with BizSpark

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As Azure becomes more and more popular and I encounter more startups, I find myself doing this tutorial all the time and explaining it.  Therefor, I have decided to write a blog article with pictures, to make my life (and yours) easier.

What is BizSpark

BizSpark is the best thing since sliced bread for a startup.  It is literally every development tool and license that Microsoft has to offer for free for commercial purposes for 3 years.  Not only that, but you get $150/month (as of this writing) in Azure for 3 years as well.  As if it couldn’t get any better, you get access to reduced pricing on various products from Microsoft Partners.  Microsoft being such a giant of a company, there are a TON of partners you get special pricing from.  BizSpark also includes product licensing such as just your simple windows licenses, or visual studio licenses, and even SQL Server licenses.  Its everything!  Usually at this point I get the question, so what’s the catch?  There is no catch!  Microsoft wants you to use their tools and be successful with their tools so that when you become a giant company, you are using their tools and not a competitors.  Therefor Microsoft gives these tools to high potential startups for free!  If you think you qualify, apply or come to an event I attend (usually found on the events tab).  You can also ping me on twitter @DavidCrook1988.

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How to Create Technology with Value

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I want to begin by prefacing this article with a little background information on why I am even writing this to begin with.  During my daily job life I encounter a large variety of individuals.  These individuals range from experienced technologists, to business entrepreneurs to venture capitalists to students who have high aspirations and even government officials trying to better their region.  Through all of these interactions I have encountered a cross cutting theme of lack of understanding in how to map problems to technology and technology to problems.

Through this article I aim to discuss what is the heart, the very nature of technology, and why we have it.  I will also discuss current trends in technology, what problems they solve and how these problems and technology work together.

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