I was invited to speak to at the Microsoft Kinect Accelerator office this last Friday. I ran thru with the aspiring entrepreneurs some tips on raising money. I was truly impressed with what the people that I met. 30+ very smart and scrappy entrepreneurs jammed into a very creative open-floor plan office in the heart of Seattle's burgeoning tech corridor (South Lake Unions). I was even more impressed with the fact that Microsoft had the foresight to partner with TechStars to get some immediate startup street cred, but, more importantly the results are quite impressive. Managing Directors Matt Dyor and Dave Malcom are doing a fantastic job. We're seeing this trend of other larger companies of taking a similar approach to partnering with incubators like TechStars. Nike recently announced something similar. It is really great to see pockets of innovation come out of Microsoft not only with innovative products but also injecting cash and mentorship into their ecosystem.