Five years ago, Microsoft established "IP Ventures program" to open up internally developed technologies to entrepreneurs and new businesses. The program takes an unusual approach, treating IP assets as currency to invest in emerging companies — facilitating their product and business development while getting new technologies into the hands of consumers. In addition to handing off the technology and related patents, IP Ventures also provides technological guidance and business insight to ensure a smooth transition.
"as IP Ventures celebrates its 5th anniversary, Zignals — a Dublin-based Web 2.0 and Silverlight finance specialist — is celebrating a significant milestone in our own company history: the commercial launch of our global online service. The site includes an entire suite of financial tools that just about anyone can use. It also has our marketplace for trading strategies, where a financially-savvy online network is actively sharing its independently rated successful investment strategies. Think of it as an "eBay of finance," where researchers and strategies are tracked, and all of the trades are transparent and auditable," revealed Microsoft.