Microsoft Ventures launches to lure startup founders away from their MacBooks


Microsoft said today it would bring several of its venture capital programs under one banner, with a special interest in enterprise software. VoodooPC founder Rahul Sood, who joined the company in 2010, will lead the effort, to be called Microsoft Ventures. It’s an effort to seed the startup world with Microsoft products at a time when many young founders are more likely to be found coding on Apple hardware.

The venture project comprises three parts. Microsoft Ventures Community is aimed at entrepreneurs just starting out; it includes the BizSpark program, which offers free and reduced-cost access to Microsoft software and services, and local partnerships with about 200 startup programs and accelerators around the world. Microsoft…

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