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New Zealand startup Wipster gains huge backer in Microsoft

Photo courtesy of Robert Scoble on Flickr

Photo courtesy of Robert Scoble on Flickr

Wellington-based startup Wipster has garnered some lofty support from one of the biggest names in the world: Microsoft.

Microsoft released a video in early July about Wipster, which was selected for Microsoft’s prestigious startup mentorship program BizSpark. The video sees Wipster CEO Rollo Wenlock explain the origins of the company, and was filmed at Microsoft’s San Francisco office and in Wellington earlier this year.

Wipster radically simplifies the video production process by allowing multiple people to review and approve a video whether from across the room, or around the world. It was launched in March this year at the South By South West (SXSW) conference in Austin, Texas, and already has more than 6,500 users in 95 countries.

Wipster was chosen from more than 50,000 startups around the world to join Microsoft’s BizSpark program, which gives startups access to three years of free resources, software, support and visibility.

Wenlock says this support is invaluable: “At an early stage in your business, when no one knows you, it’s a godsend to be able to piggyback on the shoulder of a giant, and Microsoft has been our giant.”

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