How is it like to be a Microsoft Startup at Web Summit #MSFT4Startups
I was on a train from Geneva to Zurich on a cloudy winter day of February 2016. I was at a customer meeting. Raklet.com was just launched a month ago and I needed to on-board new customers to show to the investors that we can grow internationally. I was checking F6S and saw that there was an Accelerator Program of Microsoft in Berlin. I didn’t know that my life was about the change when I pushed the green apply button. Today I’m in Lisbon presenting our startup at Web Summit in the Microsoft Booth to the best VCs and to potential customers.
Before starting the accelerator in April 2016, we had only 22 customers. Today we are serving more than 1000. I believe that success of a startup mainly depends on execution. Being able to access and learn from top Microsoft executives, sales experts, technical professionals changed everything for us.
Most of the other startups at the event ask me what is Microsoft getting from this? Do you have to use Azure Cloud? How much equity did Satya get?
Microsoft doesn’t take any equity, the program is free, you get training from the best mentors and access to well-known VCs. Microsoft does not force you to use its products, on the contrary believes in diversity (we LOVE Azure Cloud and running most of our stack on it but we also use Amazon S3)
I also show them these photos that we have taken at the welcome party at Microsoft Reactor at the first day of Web Summit:
With an international “Microsoft Alumni” team supporting us, we are today part of a big family. And that what makes the Microsoft Accelerator different from others. So, if you are a great startup with a big idea to disrupt your industry, don’t hesitate to apply to Microsoft Accelerator.