New Microsoft Ventures Unit to Focus on Early Stage Investment

Microsoft is launching a venture arm that wants to make early stage investments in startups focused on cutting-edge cloud computing technologies, security, and a few other high-value areas. To be clear, the new Microsoft Ventures takes its name from a previous unit that was part of the software giant’s developer evangelism effort. That group backed accelerator programs that provided young companies with software tools and expertise, not necessarily funding. That group will now be known as Microsoft Accelerator. The news was disclosed in a blog post by Nagraj Kashyap, the former head of Qualcomm Ventures who joined Microsoft in January. Get Data Sheet, Fortune’s technology newsletter. Here’s how Kashyap, the corporate vice president in charge of Microsoft Ventures, outlines how Microsoft msft parcels out its investment interest: On one side…


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