Microsoft BizSpark is a joke

So I went to Thursday's big BizSpark shindig at Microsoft's fancy (very fancy) new regional office at the AON Center.  Dan'l Lewin gave the speech - one that was way too focused on the startup ecosystem and less about the program benefits than I would have liked, but he's a big shot.  This was clearly an important initiative for Microsoft, especially given how they've done a tremendous job of bringing on board partners for the program.

This is the thing, however - BizSpark won't save anyone any money.  If you're locked into MS tools and want to build a web app, OK, great - you don't have to learn PHP/Python/Ruby/whatever and Apache.  But if you're starting from scratch - there's nothing there to make you want to use Microsoft tools.

So, yeah, I was there.  And during the Q&A, I stood up and said "I have a public LAMP stack application; how can I use BizSpark?"  And the answer I got was "Microsoft can help you scale."  And Dan'l's proof was how Microsoft helped MySpace.  MySpace, as many know, was built on Cold Fusion.  There was nothing about how the MSDN subscriptions could help me get Office licenses.  I use OpenOffice for most things, but we all use our personal computers for Dawdle, which means we use our personal licenses for MS Office.  Clearly, this doesn't scale as we hire up.  (BTW, the MSDN subscriptions are only for "developers", so I can't use it as a mere suit.)

And, the best part - access to Azure won't be free.  It'll be at "market rates."  So, I could use LAMP stack tools (all free) and AWS/GAE or I could use Microsoft tools and Azure (which isn't launched yet).  The MSDN subscriptions are hands-off to the business folks (you know, the least adaptable individuals in an organization).

Someone at Microsoft needs to stop thinking their shit don't stank.

BTW, Dawdle's already *in* BizSpark.  What a waste of $100.