This past week, M12 and Microsoft for Startups hosted the first “Startups at Microsoft Build: Attendee Choice Award.” Over three days, eight selected startups made their pitch to Build attendees looking for the latest and greatest in innovative developer-focused solutions. The attendees were then asked to vote for their favorite startup with the winner receiving a package of comarketing benefits with Microsoft ($1 million estimated value).
It was electric on the floor as the startups battled it out for the praise and votes of engineers, students, and product leaders from organizations around the globe. There were demos, interactive videos, engaging CEOs and founders, and of course, plenty of swag. The sentiment was clear: developers from the Microsoft community were excited to see the innovation from our startup partners.
“The sentiment was clear: developers from the Microsoft community were excited to see the innovation from our startup partners.”
M12 is incredibly proud to have had Aqua, Codefresh, and WhiteSource representing the portfolio at Build. It was an excellent showing of the growing open source and container community and the security concerns that come along with it. Build attendees thoughtfully engaged with each company and many set up follow on meetings to dig deeper into bringing these solutions to their organizations. Microsoft executive vice president of Cloud + AI, Scott Guthrie, even stopped by to meet these innovative startup leaders.
Following an impassioned pitch from Head of Marketing, Dan Garfield, Codefresh became the Attendee Choice Award winner, and secured a benefit package of $1 million in co-marketing benefits. Codefresh inspired the audience with their intuitive platform of CI/CD for Kubernetes.
Congratulations to CEO and Co-founder Raziel Tabib and the Codefresh team, and thanks to all the great startups that represented at Build!
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