BizSpark - Free Software and Production Licenses for Startups in the Startup Phase
A nice option for service or product oriented start-up companies. And it is a smart move by Microsoft. A profitable company using your software is always preferred to the bankrupt company who cannot afford your software.
Programming By Numbers
Great article about the architect and developer roles in software organizations. I think a good rule of thumb is, All architects should code, and all developers should architect. And I don't mean spending 5% of your time as a meaningful cross discipline effort. John Lennon tried to imagine a different world than our own. I would like to imagine a future where there are no developers or architects, just expert software producers.