Can I list Bizspark as a partner?


I'm forming a software/web development company where we develop products and also help other business develop theirs. Microsoft offered us BizSpark membership. Is Microsoft now a partner to us or just BizSpark or we are not partners at all? What do we list them under our site as?

Partnerships Bizspark

asked Oct 18 '10 at 14:14
Shawn Mclean
220 points

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Yes you can list BIZSPARK in your partner list.
They even offer a set of logo here : (you will have to log in)

However is is explicitly prohibited to list microsoft as a partner if you are only part of Bizspark (in the agreement you signed when you enrolled).

answered Oct 18 '10 at 15:45
355 points


I would leave it out. Most savvy people looking at your website know that Microsoft has millions of meaningless partnerships and will not be that impressed by your listing of Microsoft as a "partner."

answered Nov 21 '10 at 13:53
Joel Spolsky
13,482 points
  • Totally agree. Use the space for something unique rather than meaningless "I signed up for this free program Microsoft offered." UNLESS you are going to use this partnership to offer something unique to your clients. – Kyle West 13 years ago


Professional Memberships?

It's not a partnership - they've just offered you a service and set of tools. It's more like a doctor belonging to a particular medical association.

answered Oct 18 '10 at 14:26
4,692 points
  • Professional membership is the name of the relationship? – Shawn Mclean 13 years ago
  • It seems we are a partner, on their partner site, they recognized the account. They also have the partnership logo available to us. – Shawn Mclean 13 years ago
  • But it isnot bizspawk, it is Microsoft. – Net Tecture 13 years ago


You can, but dont.
It makes you look very very small.

Just like Microsoft as a partner, and if they ever complain say you meant the bizspark part...

answered Oct 18 '10 at 22:05
2,079 points
  • This is in direct violation of the agreement you signed. – Josh Sam Bob 13 years ago
  • In that case, i would put google, rackspace, oracle, and jquery all as partners too. Chances are solid nobody will ever care. – Frank 13 years ago

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