February 17, 2017

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Paul G. Allen

HKS unveils architectural design of h.Club LA ahead of 2018 opening

Hospitality Interiors

HKS has been appointed architect for h.Club LA – the first international extension of London’s acclaimed Hospital Club established in 2004 by philanthropist and entrepreneur Paul G. Allen as a private “club for creatives”. Slated to open in early 2018, h.Club LA is ideally located for its A-list members on the legendary crossroads of “Hollywood” and “Vine”, next to the headquarters of Capitol Records.

HKW worked closely with the interior design firm behind London’s Hospital Club, Russell Sage, to create a unique and understated concept that converts the city’s celebrated Redbury Hotel into a place where creativity and freedom of expression can be nurtured through local and global art forms…

 

Tech giant Microsoft to create 600 new jobs in Dublin

The Irish Times

Microsoft is to create 500 jobs at its new sales centre in Dublin, with a further 100 positions across existing operations. The technology giant said the new jobs include roles in finance, operations, engineering and sales.

Microsoft has had operations in Ireland since 1985. Over the years it has expanded operations to encompass three divisions which employ over 1,200 staff and 400 contractors at its campus in Sandyford, Co Dublin…

 

Homing in on history – how researching the history of his home could lead to discoveries about our far distant ancestors fleeing rising sea levels

Complete France

As an aero-engineer Jeremy restored historic aircraft for clients including billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who would land at Ludham airfield to find out how his latest project was progressing.

Jeremy fell in love with flying as a teenager, and set up his own business making parts for planes at 21. Eventually he was restoring whole aircraft, tracing and retrieving the remains of historic crashed aeroplanes around the world – and helping Paul fulfil his dream of owning a real-life version of every fighter plane he had as a child…

 

Smart City Challenge

Mobileye Completes Installation of Collision Avoidance Technology Across 4,500 New York City For-Hire Vehicles

International Business Times

Together with Atlas Financial Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: AFH) a leader in passenger transportation insurance, Mobileye has equipped thousands of New York City-based rideshare vehicles, such as those available through popular apps including Uber and Lyft, with advanced collision avoidance systems that focus on accident prevention.

Beginning this month, 4,500 for-hire vehicles in New York City will feature Mobileye’s cutting-edge technologies enabled by a high resolution vision sensor that analyzes potential dangerous scenarios in real time, alerting drivers to impending collisions and giving them enough time to react…

 

Seeing Nature

The Top Things to Do This Weekend: February 16–19

Seattle Met

Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterpieces: If art history has proven one thing, it’s that the human eye never tires of natural beauty. Seattle Art Museum’s Seeing Nature showcases 39 influential European and American paintings pulled from Paul Allen’s private collection.

Presented in chorological order, the collection showcases the evolution of landscape paintings from Jan Brueghel the Younger’s 17th century sensory works to French Impressionist scenes from Monet and Cézanne to Thomas Moran and Georgia O’Keeffe’s majestic 20th century visions of the American west…

 

EMP Museum

One-Of-A-Kind Workouts

Seattle Magazine

Those mountains aren’t just for summer hikes; there’s no reason to wait until the snow melts to take your workout outside. Local retailer REI offers a variety of classes to make sure your fitness goals don’t suffer during the snowy season. Snowshoeing courses range from an all-ages introductory class to a moonlight tour through the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.

If you’re looking for a more aerobic workout with a view, sign up for REI’s cross-country skiing classes, which offer instruction in both the classic and skate skiing techniques. All courses are guided by REI Outdoor School instructors and include gear (apparel not included) and sometimes transportation. What wind chill? Cost for classes starts at $35 for REI members, $55 for nonmembers…

 

Major Rolling Stones exhibition coming to Navy Pier in April

The Chicago Tribune

Rock music has its own American museums, of course, both in Seattle (Experience Music Project Museum) and in Cleveland (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame). And giving classic rock the gallery treatment is a proven crowd-pleaser here, even at an art museum. “David Bowie Is,” a similar-sounding look at a rocker’s career and cultural influence, boosted the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago’s attendance to record levels in 2014.

“Simply, it was the most popular show we’ve ever mounted in our history in terms of attendance and press awareness and reputation building,” said Michael Darling, the MCA’s chief curator, who is looking forward to seeing “Exhibitionism.” “The real lasting impact of it is it helped to kind of remind us … to throw the tent doors open a bit wider.”…

 

Seattle Seahawks

How an ex-NFL star is making a safer helmet with baby car seat technology

CBS Sports

It was perhaps the darkest point of Shawn Springs’ life. His father, Ron, a former Cowboys great, was in a coma in a Dallas hospital, resting motionless, with almost no hope of ever regaining normal activities. Springs was separated from his wife and away from his 1-year-old son at the time, contemplating retirement from the Washington Redskins, spending hours by his dad’s bedside considering not only his own football mortality, but the very concepts of life and death and what it means to be healthy in mind, body and soul.

The summer of 2008 is one that Springs, a former first-round pick of the Seahawks out of Ohio State and one of the better cornerbacks of his era, will never forget. Congress was launching inquires into the NFL’s concussion epidemic around that time and while Springs mulled whether or not to keep playing, he found himself consumed by what life after football would bring him. Always inquisitive, with a mind drawn to business, science and investing (as a rookie, Springs would seek out Seahawks billionaire owner Paul Allen to ask about the early days of Microsoft), it was then that Springs first began to seriously evaluate what his next calling might be…

February 16, 2017

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Allen Institute For Brain Science

Champion Acquires Off-Market Multifamily Community in Seattle Metro Area for $24 Million

MultifamilyBiz

“The acquisition of Union Bay Apartments is consistent with Champion’s simple mission to own and develop in “A” locations where people want to live,” states Parker Champion, Senior Vice President. “South Lake Union has transformed into a critical economic engine for the Pacific Northwest and more recently the housing, daily needs, and lifestyle retail have followed the jobs.”

South Lake Union is a fast-growing technology and bioscience hub to companies like Amazon, Dropbox, Google, Facebook, WeWork, the Paul Allen Brain Institute, Fred Hutch Cancer Research, and Zymogenetics. With an influx of young professionals earning substantial incomes into the South Lake Union area, Union Bay Apartments is in a prime renter’s market…

 

Champion Targets Seattle With A $24m Off-Market Multifamily Acquisition

Daily Times Leader

South Lake Union is a fast-growing technology and bioscience hub to companies like Amazon, Dropbox, Google, Facebook, WeWork, the Paul Allen Brain Institute, Fred Hutch Cancer Research, and Zymogenetics. With an influx of young professionals earning substantial incomes into the South Lake Union area, Union Bay Apartments is in a prime renter’s market.

Champion plans to unlock additional value by installing professional local management and providing residents with an upgraded, luxury lifestyle and living choice. “South Lake Union is a true Live, Work, Play submarket,” states Parker.”With Union Bay Apartments, Champion has planted its flag in the Seattle market and we are looking to further expand our footprint there immediately.”…

 

EMP Museum

Weird music in Chico’s future

Chico News & Review

“A sound sculptor, composer, engineer and inventor, Trimpin has been called one of the most awesome geniuses of the 21st century.” And he’s coming to Chico next week! I just found out about this under-the-radar event—5:30 p.m., in Ayres 201 at Chico State—and it promises to be one of the more interesting of the year.

The Seattle-based/German-born artist has built trippy sound installations around the world—including the huge “IF VI WAS IX” tornado of guitars and other instruments at his Experience Music Project in Seattle—and worked with everyone from the Kronos Quartet to Samuel Beckett. For his Chico appearance, Trimpin will present “New Musical Resources: Exploring Acoustic/Kinetic Objects” as part of the Department of Art and Art History’s Visting Artists & Scholars series. The event is free and open to the public…

 

Seattle Seahawks

How an ex-NFL star is making a safer helmet with baby car seat technology

CBS Sports

The summer of 2008 is one that Springs, a former first-round pick of the Seahawks out of Ohio State and one of the better cornerbacks of his era, will never forget. Congress was launching inquires into the NFL’s concussion epidemic around that time and while Springs mulled whether or not to keep playing, he found himself consumed by what life after football would bring him.

Always inquisitive, with a mind drawn to business, science and investing (as a rookie, Springs would seek out Seahawks billionaire owner Paul Allen to ask about the early days of Microsoft), it was then that Springs first began to seriously evaluate what his next calling might be…

 

Portland Trail Blazers

13 possible NBA expansion cities, ranked

SB Nation

Why Seattle? Seattle was an excellent NBA city for 41 years before a multi-state conspiracy led to the SuperSonics being moved to Oklahoma City. Seattle is rich with Fortune 500 corporations, humans, and basketball fans. Arena funding problems led to the OKC move — that and the aforementioned conspiracy — but there have been solid funding plans since.

Why not? Chris Hansen, who came up with the strongest arena plan when it looked like the Kings would be moved to Seattle, seems to be persona non grata in some NBA circles. In addition, the former white whale benefactor behind Seattle basketball, Steve Ballmer, bought the Clippers for $2 billion. Paul Allen, another Seattle sports mogul, already owns the Blazers…

 

February 15, 2017

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Paul G. Allen

The tourism space race heats up as Russia announces it will start selling rocket tickets for $250k next year in bid to beat Richard Branson and Elon Musk into orbit

Mail Online

Branson’s rivals in the commercial space race include SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. Elon Musk’s plans are not limited to sending people into space, and the company is working with its main customer NASA to produce reusable rockets.

They have already sent four spacecrafts into space which they have managed to return safely to earth, but the CEO has his sights set on taking a rocket beyond Mars by 2020. Musk’s Interplanetary Transport System (ITS), was formerly known as the Mars Colonial Transporter (MCT)…

 

Vulcan Inc.

Vulcan buys up more property around the Allen Institute

Puget Sound Business Journal

In less than a year, Paul Allen’s company has spent $75M for property across the street from Lake Union Park…

 

Smart City Challenge

These Places Lost the Smart Cities Challenge. But They Say They Ended Up Ahead.

Governing.com

Neither Austin or Denver won last year’s federal Smart City Challenge. But top officials in both cities say they are already reaping the rewards for competing, anyway. Columbus, Ohio, ultimately walked away with bragging rights and $50 million in federal and private money. But transportation officials in many of the cities that didn’t win say they’re still moving ahead with some of the ideas they proposed for the contest.

Crissy Fanganello, Denver’s director of transportation and mobility, said the competition “energized” city staff and brought people together who normally don’t work side by side. “In some ways, we might be better off not having won,” she says. “We don’t have quite the lens on us. We have some freedom and flexibility to do some really interesting and good work, and still have some good partnerships with the private sector.”…

 

MD: As Vehicles Become Modern, Infrastructure Must be Ready

Mass Transit

In early January, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced the winner of its Smart City Challenge. Seventy-eight cities competed on plans on how they will integrate technology into future transportation projects.

Columbus, Ohio, the winner, proposed a plan to use connected infrastructure, electric vehicle charging stations and autonomous vehicles. The technology would be used to create a system to help expectant mothers reach doctors’ appointments to reduce infant mortality in Columbus’ Franklin County…

 

Seattle Art Fair

Enrich Yourself With Seattle Museum Month

The Vita Daily

Seattle Museum Month (aka. February) isn’t the only reason to visit our American sister city, but it’s a pretty great one. We recently hopped on the Amtrak Cascades and spent a weekend exploring Seattle’s biggest travel deal of the year.

The very first stop on your Museum Month to-do list should be the Seattle Art Museum. Just a short walk from the hotel, this month’s exhibitions include a riveting trip back through time courtesy of African American history painter Jacob Lawrence, and 39 European and North American landscape masterworks. The free wi-fi and hushed respite from the cold are also a plus…

 

Portland Trail Blazers

Neil Olshey explains Plumlee-Nurkic trade, says Trail Blazers are ‘right on the cusp’

The Oregonian

Portland Trail Blazers president of basketball operations Neil Olshey made his first major move of the season on Monday, trading Mason Plumlee and a 2018 second-round draft pick to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for center Jusuf Nurkic and a 2017 first-round pick.

Olshey did not hold a press conference following the move but he did do a brief interview with Blazers television reporter Brooke Olzendam, discussing the Plumlee-Nurkic swap, Portland’s approach to the trade market and how he views the remainder of the season…

 

February 14, 2017

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Paul G. Allen

R2.6-billion megayacht anchors off Shelly Beach

eHowzit

The coastline along Shelly Beach gazed in awe at the magnificent multi-million dollar yacht anchored off Shelly Beach on Monday. The 414 foot (126m) megayacht, My Octopus, is owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, and cost up to $200 million (R2.6 billion) according to Business Insider.

It has been said that the yacht was on its way to Durban, however, decided to stop off Shelly Beach so that passengers aboard could have a diving expedition operated by local dive operators, African Dive Adventures…

 

Smart City Challenge

Smart cities are closer than we think

Urbana World

It might be time to stop thinking about Kansas City, Mo. as “flyover country.” After a series of projects and millions of dollars spent, ““We will be the smartest city on Earth within five years,” Bob Bennett, Kansas City’s Chief Innovation Officer, said in an interview with The Kansas City Star . The mission began four years ago when Kansas City officials added free Wi-Fi on 50 city blocks and 125 smart LED street lights all over downtown.

In July 2015, Kansas City announced a partnership with Cisco, an artificial intelligence company. Both parties invested a total of $15 million in hopes of simplifying travel in their city. Kansas City was also one of the finalists for the 2016 Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge, but ended up losing to Columbus, Ohio…

 

How Six Major US Cities Are Revolutionizing Their Transportation Systems

Vice

“We have to find different modes and ways to build,” adds Ginther, whose city won the Department of Transportation’s Smart Cities Challenge last year. Columbus’s winning vision for its new transportation system earned the city up to $40 million from the DoT and $10 million from Microsoft co-founder Paul Alan’s Vulcan Inc., as well as an additional $90 million from local Ohio businesses.

In California, the Presidio Parkway stands as the state’s first transportation project developed through a public-private-partnership, or P3—but it’s certainly nothing new…

 

As vehicles become modern, infrastructure must be ready

The Fredrick News-Post

In early January, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced the winner of its Smart City Challenge. Seventy-eight cities competed on plans on how they will integrate technology into future transportation projects.

Columbus, Ohio, the winner, proposed a plan to use connected infrastructure, electric vehicle charging stations and autonomous vehicles. The technology would be used to create a system to help expectant mothers reach doctors’ appointments to reduce infant mortality in Columbus’ Franklin County…

 

Can Electric Utilities be the Platform for Smart Cities of the Future?

Electric Energy Online

In the smart city of the fast-approaching future, a light pole may text you about an open parking spot in front of your favorite store downtown or the nearest open electric vehicle charger. Residents will be able to get real-time air quality alerts via sensors on local electrical transformers, and pedestrian foot traffic data collected by streetlights will be leveraged for economic development; for example, enticing a world-class chef to open a restaurant.

As cities in the United States and around the globe expand their role as hubs of economic development, population concentration and technical and cultural innovation, the concept of making cities “smart” has become a key focus for local and state policy makers and their residents. The technology and specifically the need for digital platforms that will provide the backbone of many smart city initiatives could also open major opportunities for utilities to build new partnerships with their customers and develop innovative services and business models…

 

Who to Watch: Central Ohio

Smart Business

The City of Columbus “Smart Columbus” vision won the U.S. Department of Transportation $40 million Smart City Challenge in June 2016, after competing against 77 cities nationwide to implement a holistic vision for how technology can help all residents to move easily and to access opportunity.

Columbus was also awarded a $10 million grant from Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Inc. to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the decarbonization of the electric supply and transport sectors. Another $90 million was pledged from other public and private sector contributors…

 

Seattle Art Fair

The 60 Best Things To Do in Seattle This Week: Feb 13-19, 2017

The Stranger

This is Walla Walla artist Juventino Aranda’s first solo exhibition at Greg Kucera Gallery, and it’s well-deserved and exciting for the gallery. Aranda was included in Tacoma Art Museum’s NW Art Now in 2016, in Out of Sight at King Street Station, and in the electric What You See Is What You Sweat exhibition at CoCA during Seattle Art Fair.

He makes sculptural installations, paintings, textiles, and videos that are pointed embodiments of his experiences as a Latino man in a blinkered white culture. In one video, he spent a protracted time snipping blades of grass with handheld scissors, performing a laborious task with pride and precision…

 

Portland Trail Blazers

Portland-Denver trade was all about the 2017 NBA Draft

KGW

On Sunday, the Portland Trail Blazers traded center Mason Plumlee, a 2018 second-round draft pick and an undisclosed amount of cash to the Denver Nuggets for Jusuf Nurkic and the Memphis Grizzlies’ 2017 first-round draft pick.

This trade was met with a mixed response by Blazer fans. It is a bit odd that two division rivals, battling it out for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, would make this kind of trade midseason. Some fans saw it as a tanking move, some loved the deal. Let me break it down for you…

 

Why the Trail Blazers were forced to trade Plumlee

Bend Bulletin

The Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers completed a trade Sunday that, on its surface, did not make many waves. By swapping a pair of youngish centers — Denver sent Jusuf Nurkic and the Memphis Grizzlies’ 2017 first-round draft pick to Portland for Mason Plumlee and the Grizzlies’ 2018 second-round pick — the two-week sprint to the NBA’s Feb. 23 trade deadline began with a whimper as opposed to a bang.

In truth, though, this trade did have several significant ramifications. Here are a few of them. Blazers are giving up on the playoffs this season. The Blazers entered this season expected to at least maintain their surprising progress from last year and to potentially take another step forward after going 44-38 and reaching the second round of the playoffs. Instead, Portland has fallen apart, with a 23-32 record after Monday night’s loss to Atlanta that has the Blazers on pace to go 34-48 and finish outside of the playoffs…

 

The long-term gains of being in the LeBron business

Yard Barker

Cleveland’s financial loss is ranked by Forbes as one of the five biggest in NBA history, behind Brooklyn’s $99 million in 2014, Portland’s $85 million 2003 and $47 million in 2004, and the Knicks’ $42 million in 2007. Paul Allen continues to own the Blazers and he approved making their roster one of the most expensive in the NBA again this past offseason.

James Dolan of course owns the Knicks still and made over $100 million last season and the franchise valuation has jumped from $600 million in 2007 to $3 billion today…

February 13, 2017

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Paul G. Allen


World-famous yacht anchors off Shelly Beach

South Coast Herald

‘MY Octopus’ a multi-million 414 foot (126m) megayacht owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, caused great excitement when it was spotted anchored off Shelly Beach this morning.

The South Coast Herald was told by reliable sources that the yacht was on its way to Durban but had stopped off Shelly Beach where passengers aboard it were taken on a diving expedition by local dive operators, African Dive Adventures…

 


1975: Street Prophets Sunday

Daily KOS

Welcome to the Sunday edition of the Street Prophets Coffee Hour, an open thread conveniently located at the intersection of Religion and Politics. To start us out, I thought we might talk about 1975.

In 1975, Gerald Ford (Republican) was president of the United States. The population of the United States was 216 million and life expectancy was 72.6 years…

 

Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence


1001 Startup Ideas | AI Based Performance Management System

Moneycontrol.com

For testing & building the prototype, pitch for raising 100K USD from angel investors or incubators. The startup should reach out to AI incubators like the Alen Institute which was launched by Paul Allen and Element AI launched by Yoshua Bengio, one of the pioneers in deep learning.
There should be no office rentals or salary payout; the entire budget should be apportioned for customer acquisition and technology…

 

Great Elephant Census


‘What can I do to help elephants?’

The Guardian

Conducting the first pan-African aerial survey of elephant populations in 40 years and covering 345,000 square miles across 18 countries, this ambitious project set out to count and map Africa’s savannah elephants.

The final report, published last year, showed a 30% fall in numbers over the last seven years. While the census itself is complete, the organisation is now using its database to help governments, scientists and NGOs manage and protect elephant populations…

 

Smart City Challenge

6 ways augmented reality can help governments see more clearly

World Economic Forum

There are over 6.4 billion connected devices already in 2016. Estimates are five to 10 times that number just in the next four to five years. This smart infrastructure and the massive amount of real-time, geo-specific data it generates provides both the engine and the fuel for AR in the public sector.

This is being borne out across the globe as evidenced by the significant “smart city” initiatives and challenges being launched in the EU, India, China, the US and most recently in Canada (Canada has announced a 2017 Smart City Challenge modelled after the 2016 Smart City Challenge initiated in the US)…


Linden residents participate in smart columbus community dialogue

Moneycontrol.com

More than 170 Linden community residents shared their views and ideas on what will make Linden a “smart” community as part of the City of Columbus’ Smart Columbus initiative. The two-day community dialogue and workgroups were held February 10 and 11 at St. Stephen’s Community House, 1500 E. 17th Ave. Discussions centered on multiple elements of the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) Smart City Challenge Grant awarded to the City of Columbus in June 2016.

“Engaging Linden area residents as part of our efforts for the Smart Columbus work is critical to the success of the grant implementation,” said Columbus City Mayor Andrew J. Ginther. “The insights we learn from those who live in this community will help inform how we incorporate and deliver technology and drive initiatives on the many different elements of what is planned for the Linden area.”…

 

Portland Trail Blazers


Canzano: Trail Blazers wave white flag with Mason Plumlee trade, start selling draft

The Oregonian

Owner Paul Allen loves to play draft. After Jimi Hendrix and collecting big yachts, the draft may be his favorite thing. And if the deal between Denver and Portland clears on Monday as reported then Portland not only ends a futile playoff-chase charade but gets Memphis’  first-round pick next June.

It’s going to be sold on Monday by general manager Neil Olshey and coach Terry Stotts as the first phase of a “one step back, two steps forward” plan. Whether they’ll say it or not, the Blazers dreaded having to deal with Plumlee’s agent Mark Bartlestein in restricted free agency this summer…

February 10, 2017

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Paul G. Allen

Government’s £10m to send tycoons into outer space: Ministers blasted as ‘out of touch’ after putting aside public money for missions

Mail Online

Hundreds of celebrities and millionaires – including Brad Pitt, Leonardo Di Caprio and Lady Gaga are thought to have forked out around £175,000 for a ticket.

SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk, Amazon’s founder Jeff Bezos and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen are also competing to offer commercial space flights…

 

Hawaii: The Tropical Paradise for the Tech Elite

Auto World News

Business Insider reported that Mark Zuckerberg is not the only tech elite with a multimillion dollar estate. Tech elite Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft, once owned an entire private island, but despite that, he also bought property on the Big Island of Hawaii.

The property was move-in ready, with a 12,000 square foot main house, living quarters for employees, a private harbor, and a bridge that connects to a small island…

 

Ten powerful people working at family offices

Family Capital

Orndorff joined Paul Allen’s family office Vulcan last June after 30 years in leadership roles in the asset management world.

Orndorff joined from the fixed income specialist Western Asset Management and has also worked at Mercer Global Advisors, Northern Trust, and Payden & Rygel. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago…

 

Qatar University uses underwater tech to study tropical reef ecosystem for sharks and rays 

The Peninsula

Orndorff joined Paul Allen’s family office Vulcan last June after 30 years in leadership roles in the asset management world.

Orndorff joined from the fixed income specialist Western Asset Management and has also worked at Mercer Global Advisors, Northern Trust, and Payden & Rygel. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago…

 

QU underwater video survey reveals few sharks, rays

The Gulf Times

“Underwater Video Survey of the Elasmobranchs of Qatar: A first step towards conservation” is part of an agreement signed between CSD and AIMS in January 2017.
It is funded by a QU internal grant awarded to Dr Brown and the Global FinPrint project — a three-year project sponsored by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen to study tropical reef ecosystems for sharks and rays…

 

Smart City Challenge

Kansas City Moving Forward with Smart City Plan

Transportation.gov

Kansas City is building on what the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge helped to propel. The city was one of seven finalists in the department’s challenge that asked mid-sized cities across America to develop ideas for an integrated, first-of-its-kind smart transportation system that would use data, applications and technology to help people and goods move more quickly, cheaply and efficiently.

As a finalist, Kansas City worked closely with the Department, its residents and other finalists to develop detailed plans to put its Smart City visions into action…

 

Birmingham gets smart

GCN

The city submitted its plans for improvements to the Department of Transportation’s 2016 Smart City Challenge. Although Birmingham didn’t win the challenge, it still plans to continue with the smart transportation blueprint it described in its application.

While these efforts seem costly, at least one of Birmingham’s smart city projects is expected to save the city millions. Sherri Nielson, the executive administrative assistant to the mayor, said the city is currently placing control systems in all 120 government buildings that will monitor lighting, HVAC and water…

 

Smart Cities 2017: Kansas City Is Well On Its Way

International Business Times

In July 2015, Kansas City announced a partnership with Cisco, an artificial intelligence company. Both parties invested a total of $15 million in hopes of simplifying travel in their city.  Kansas City was also one of the finalists for the 2016 Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge, but ended up losing to Columbus, Ohio.

In the midst of the defeat, Kansas City identified a 2.2 mile stretch of streets in the middle of downtown to focus on improving. They have placed large kiosks on the sidewalks which provide live details on public transportation, city events and city services. The kiosks can also be used as a way to alert people of any emergency close by…

 

Seattle Seahawks

Bobby Wagner, Jacob Green Honored At 82nd Annual MTRWestern Sports Star Of The Year Awards

Seahawks

Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner and legend Jacob Green were honored Wednesday evening in front of a hefty crowd at the Paramount Theatre at the 82nd Annual MTRWestern Sports Star of the Year Awards.

Wagner took the stage and received the Male Sports Star of the Year award, which is given to a male athlete or coach for their outstanding sports achievement in the past year or season…

 

Seattle Sounders

Sounders FC Honored with Sports Story of the Year Award

Our Sports Central

“On behalf of my fellow owners Joe Roth, Paul Allen and Drew Carey, it is an incredible honor to be selected as Sports Story of the Year, especially given the accomplishments of our fellow Seattle sports teams over the past season,” said Sounders FC Owner Adrian Hanauer.

“Our club is humbled to have added to Seattle’s illustrious sports history by bringing home our first MLS Cup. This award, like the Cup itself, belongs not only to our club’s talented players, coaches and staff, but also to this city, region and all of our incredible fans.”…

 

Seattle Sounders win 2016 Sports Story of the Year Award

Seattle Pi

Sounders Jordan Morris holds the MLS Cup as the Sounders accept the 2016 Sports Story of the Year Award during the MTRWestern 82nd Annual Sports Star of the Year Awards, Feb. 8, 2017, at the Paramount Theater…

 

Portland Trail Blazers

Damian Lillard to appear on tonight’s episode of Portlandia: Time, TV channel, how to watch

The Oregonian

Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard has another credit to add to his acting resume. The NBA star is set to appear on tonight’s episode of IFC’s Portlandia, befriending one of the show’s stars and Trail Blazers fan Carrie Brownstein in a sketch called “Friend Convention.”

Lillard also appeared in the 2014 Portlandia episode “Trail Blazers” alongside owner Paul Allen, president of basketball operations Neil Olshey, and teammates CJ McCollum, LaMarcus Aldridge, Robin Lopez and Thomas Robinson, plus the BlazerDancers…

February 09, 2017

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Paul G. Allen

PH5 Fall/Winter 2017 Collection

Puget Sound Business Journal

Take A Look At Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen’s Incredible Collection Of Landscape Art.

Forty European and American landscapes from the art collection of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen will soon go on display at two art museums in the Pacific Northwest…

 

Vulcan Real Estate

New Drivers for Real Estate Financing, Design and Development is Focus of ULI’s 2017 Spring Meeting, Set for May 2-4 at Washington State Convention Center

Real Estate Rama

The 2017 Spring Meeting is made possible with generous support from several sponsors, including Icon sponsors Amazon and the Holland Partner Group; and Principal sponsors Microsoft, NGKF Capital Markets, the Urban Renaissance Group and Vulcan Real Estate.

An all-attendee reception will be hosted by Amazon at Doppler, its new corporate headquarters in downtown Seattle…

 

Allen Institute For Artificial Intelligence

Madrona Venture Group invests in AI2 spinout Xnor.ai

Puget Sound Business Journal

The Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence spinout is developing technology that enables smart phones, watches and cameras to run complex AI programs like facial recognition…

 

Great Elephant Census

Chad Zakouma National Park In Africa Offers Elephants Refuge From Poachers

Tech Times

“I applaud China’s leadership to put a clear end to its domestic ivory trade by the end of 2017. I am hopeful that the comprehensive data provided by the Great Elephant Census (GEC), along with actions taken during the recent IUCN and CITES convenings, contributed to China’s decision to accelerate the deadline for the ivory ban,” GEC founder Paul G. Allen said in an official statement.

Back in September 2016, the Great Elephant Census released the results of a massive two-year project. After tracking savanna elephants in 18 African countries, the GEC report revealed a disturbing 30 percent decline since 2007…

 

Smart City Challenge

Austin is a ‘Smart City’ after all; grant provides transportation advice, services

Austin Business Journal

Austin missed out on a big chunk of federal funding last year to transform how residents get around when it lost the Smart City Challenge.

However, the city will still benefit from its forward-thinking approach to transportation issues. It was named Wednesday as one of five participants in the 2017 Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge…

 

Orlando is Ready for the Smart City Challenge

Active Rain

It appears that Orlando is making a strong comeback. Employment, housing, and technology are all encouraging growth in Central Florida.
Cindy Barth, an editor at the Orlando Business Journal recently wrote “Orlando was selected because of its commitment to using smart technologies to advance livability, workability, sustainability and resilience, the city said in a written release…

 

Portland Trail Blazers

Coyotes officials toured Seattle, Portland arenas: Report

Yahoo

Trailblazers owner, Paul Allen, has said he would like to own a percentage of any team that may play at Moda Center. Portland has long been one of the many rumored landing spots of the Coyotes, as well as Seattle.

A spokesperson for Key Arena said, “(the city) recently had a tour for potential developers and potential ownership groups and there was a representative from the (Coyotes) that was part of that.” He was unaware what member of the organization was part of the tour…

 

Rumor Time: Portland Might Get an NHL Team

The Portland Mercury

According to officials in Seattle and Portland, members of the Arizona Coyotes have toured arenas in both locations in the past three months. The destinations appear to have been the KeyArena in Seattle and the Moda Center in Portland, Ore.

The Moda Center is the home of the National Basketball Association’s Portland Trailblazers and has been long rumored to want a National Hockey League team…

 

Seattle Sounders

Sounders’ MLS title win voted Sports Story of the Year at Sports Star of the Year Awards

The Seattle Times

The 82nd Annual MTRWestern Sports Star of the Year Awards highlighted the poetic blend of old and new in the rich tapestry of this Seattle’s sports history.

Wednesday night belonged to Seattle Supersonics legend Gary Payton, who was honored with the Royal Brougham lifetime achievement award, and got a standing ovation as an oversized version of his No. 20 jersey was lowered to hang from the ceiling at the Paramount Theater alongside the jerseys of the five other Sonics greats who had their numbers retired before the team moved to Oklahoma City in 2008…

February 08, 2017

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Paul G. Allen

Paul Allen Named One Of America’s Biggest Philanthropists

Seahawks

Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen was listed near the top of The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s annual Philanthropy 50 rankings, which looks at the top Americans who donate the most to charity. Allen donated approximately $295 million to charity in 2016, which placed him in the top-5 alongside Michael Bloomberg, Howard and Lottie Marcus and John Arnold and his wife, Laura. Nike co-founder Phil Knight and his wife, Penny, topped the list.

One of Allen’s recent donations came at the end of last year, when he partnered with Cocoon House and helped raise $280,974 to prevent youth homelessness and provide services and safe places for vulnerable youth in the Pacific Northwest region…

 

Where Do Tech Billionaires Spend Their Vacations? In Their Multi-Million Dollar Estates In Hawaii Of Course!

Mobile & Apps

According to Variety, Allen shelled out $7.5 million on a 10-acre farm in Kailua-Kona called the Thurston Estate. The property used to be owned by Lorrin P Thurston, former owner and publisher of the Honolulu Advertiser.

He was also a one-time Chairman of the Hawaii Statehood Commission. The property is complete with a 12,000-square-foot main house, living quarters for employees and a bridge that connects to a small island…

 

Giving by Top Fifty U.S. Donors Fell 20 Percent in 2016

Philanthropy News Digest

Rounding out the top five were Michael R. Bloomberg ($600.1 million); Howard and Lottie Marcus ($400 million bequest), friends of and early investors with Warren Buffett; Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen ($295 million); and former hedge-fund manager John Arnold and his wife, Laura ($284 million).

In 2015, the late Richard Mellon Scaife and the late John L. Santikos, with bequests totaling $758.9 million and $605 million, respectively, ranked first and second on the Chronicle’s list…

 

Vulcan Capital

Ascentium Capital launches merchant finance division

Payments Business

The new division will be managed by Bob Neagle, President and General Manager of Merchant Finance, who recently joined Ascentium Capital from First Data Global Leasing. Neagle brings over 12 years of expertise in the merchant finance segment and over 30 years in financing. “Bob’s experience will help drive this new initiative and we look forward to the opportunity to help our ISO partners grow their businesses. Ascentium’s financial products and simplified process will enhance the offering that is currently available to this niche,” remarks Richard Baccaro, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at Ascentium Capital.

As a direct lender, Ascentium Capital LLC specializes in providing a broad range of business financing, leasing and working capital loans. The company’s offering benefits equipment manufacturers and distributors as well as direct to businesses nationwide. Ascentium Capital is backed by the strength of leading investment firms Vulcan Capital and LKCM Capital Group, LLC…

 

Dremel Partners with 3DPrinterOS™ to Provide Cloud Connected 3D Printer Platform

PR Web

3DPrinterOS™ is a digital manufacturing cloud operating system company based in Silicon Valley that is building the largest and fastest-growing virtual factory in the world, enabling real-time Web to direct 3D printing and digital manufacturing. Its cloud infrastructure helps businesses and universities of all sizes securely access and manage their analytics, users, files, and manufacturing machines from a single interface.

Trusted by companies such as Ford and Cisco, and Universities such as Duke, Yale, Purdue, UTEP, CalTech, UMD, and UC Davis, 3DPrinterOS™ has manufactured over 120,000 parts in 100+ countries in the past year. 3DPrinterOS is™ backed by Paul Allen’s Vulcan Venture Capital group, and Silicon Valley Angels. Alumni of TechCrunch Battlefield 2016 and the Alchemist Accelerator ( Top 5 IOT )…

 

Vulcan Aerospace

Space hub expands in Washington State.

Choose Washington

Washington State is increasingly becoming the epicenter of space exploration. With over a century of aerospace know how and a phenomenal depth of tech expertise in the state, home-grown companies like Blue Origin, Vulcan Aerospace, Planetary Resources and Tethers Unlimited have been joined by space industry leaders such as SpaceX and Aerojet Rocketdyne to create a hub of space innovation in Washington.

In 2015, SpaceX opened a facility in Redmond, Washington to begin work on a network of satellites. Now the operation is significantly expanding to accommodate increased staffing capabilities and may be looking towards a manufacturing facility in the future…

 

Allen Institute For Artificial Intelligence

AI Without the Costly GPU Chips? Seattle Startup Xnor.ai Sees a Way

Xconomy

Picture a world in which cameras, sensors, watches, and other devices, equipped with commodity computer chips, recognize and understand what’s happening around them. The basic devices are there now—billions of them—but they can’t handle the complex, resource-hungry algorithms that identify objects in pictures or translate text from one language to another, the kinds of inferences that come from state-of-the-art artificial intelligence systems.

“Our goal is to basically get AI” into these commodity computer chips, says Ali Farhadi, co-founder and CEO of Xnor.ai, a six-person Seattle startup that just spun out of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence and raised $2.6 million in seed funding, led by Madrona Venture Group. “And if we can do that, then the world will be a different world.”…

 

Smart City Challenge

Kansas City is now a smart city

Uncova

Kansas City was one of the top finalists in the Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge, but it did not win the grant money. (That went to Columbus, Ohio.) Kansas City decided to move ahead by partnering with Cisco, which is contributing about $12 million to the project. KCMO is contributing $3.8 million over the next ten years.

Since the project is new, the big data isn’t as big as it’s going to be. But you can check out a live map, provided by Xaqt, that shows the exact location of the streetcars in Kansas City. It also shows occupied and available parking and traffic speeds…

 

Pittsburgh Officials Are Criticizing Uber’s “One-Way” Relationship..

Taable Note News

From Uber, Pittsburgh wanted help winning the 2016 Smart City Challenge, a US Department of Transportation competition with a $50 million prize. In May 2016, Peduto asked Uber to spend $25 million on a new transit connection from Carnegie Mellon to the neighborhood where it would be testing autonomous vehicles.

Uber not only refused, but came back with a laundry list of things that Pittsburgh could do to better accommodate Uber, among them access to bus lanes, designated pick-up and drop-off spots for self-driving cars, and “prioritization of snow removal” on self-driving car routes. “I would be voted out of office,” Peduto retorted at the time. “You aren’t offering anything back to the public.”…

 

Portland Trail Blazers

Coyotes deny northwest arena tour claims

The Glendale Star

According to officials in Seattle and Portland, members of the Arizona Coyotes have toured arenas in both locations in the past three months. The destinations appear to have been the KeyArena in Seattle and the Moda Center in Portland, Ore.

The Moda Center is the home of the National Basketball Association’s Portland Trailblazers and has been long rumored to want a National Hockey League team. Trailblazers owner, Paul Allen, has said he would like to own a percentage of any team that may play at Moda Center. Portland has long been one of the many rumored landing spots of the Coyotes, as well as Seattle…

February 07, 2017

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Paul G. Allen

5 times Paul Allen showed us that it’s never good business unless it’s personal

Your Story

Paul Allen, the Co-founder of Microsoft, spent his early childhood as a seven-year-old in the library of the University of Washington, pulling out books under his father’s supervision, and reading for hours about computers.

This early tryst with technology only deepened as his education progressed. When a computer terminal was first set up in his school – where he first met Gates – Allen and a few other computer enthusiasts went “nuts” and spent every free hour they had among the manuals and programs, finally becoming more adept than the teachers themselves…

 

Bill Gates- A life story

Value Walk

William Henry “Bill” Gates III (born October 28, 1955) is an American business magnate, entrepreneur, investor, author, and philanthropist. In 1975, Gates and Paul Allen co-founded Microsoft, which became the world’s largest PC software company.

During his career at Microsoft, Gates held the positions of chairman, CEO and chief software architect, and was the largest individual shareholder until May 2014. Gates has authored and co-authored several books…

 

Story of a successful person: Bill Gates

Daily Observer

Rather than merely innovating or dreaming, Gates took a disciplined approach toward software as a potential source of business opportunities.
He and his partner Paul Allen wrote the first version of Microsoft BASIC just to get in on the ground floor with a pioneer maker of home-built computer kits.

A few years later, Gates and Allen made similar moves to get close to Digital Research, then the leading maker of the most popular PC operating system. They even marketed a translator that allowed Digital Research software to work on Apple computers, as a strategic move to ride on Digital Research’s coattails…

 

Vulcan Real Estate

Skanska invests $392M in Seattle office project

Construction Dive

Google has made a deal with the same developer, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s Vulcan Real Estate, for a 600,000-square-foot office nearby. The company’s new complex is expected to be complete in 2019, and Google has committed to 14-16-year leases for the space.

Seattle has also drawn foreign investors who are finding more reasonable deals than in more expensive cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. Since 2015, non-U.S….

 

Allen Institute for Brain science

BrainScope web portal serves to advance brain research

EuropaWire.EU

BrainScope is based on two brain atlases containing data on gene activity in both the adult and the developing human brains. These atlases developed by the Allen Institute for Brain Science (Seattle, US) are shared publicly through brain-map.org.

To compile the adult atlas, some 3,700 tissue samples from different areas of the brain were studied for activity of approximately 20,000 genes…

 

Why You Should Care That Facebook’s Getting Really Good at Facial Recognition

Fortune

If you’re a CEO or manager in the U.S. right now, you know that technology is the big, secular factor holding the most danger and opportunity for your business.

You’ve got really smart people in your company working hard on how technology can make you more competitive, help you avoid disruption, and maybe even let you disrupt other businesses…

 

To Treat Primates More Humanely: Transparency

Scientific American

The Seattle-based Allen Institute for Brain Science, which uses rhesus macaques to study the molecular basis of brain development, also makes all results public. O’Connor says this practice should be more widespread so that “researchers who are using this scarce but vital resource can learn as much as possible from as few animals as necessary.”

Still, he is skeptical that data sharing will catch on because it would require a change in “normative behavior”—science’s strong culture of secrecy, in which data are kept under wraps until they are published in a peer-reviewed journal…

 

World Class Poker Players Fold… to Software

Fortune

Technology is the big, secular factor holding the most danger and opportunity for your business. You know that. You’ve got really smart people in your company working hard on how technology can make you more competitive, help you avoid disruption, and maybe even let you disrupt other businesses.

But you should remember that even the smartest technology experts are consistently getting one thing wrong: the speed with which technology is advancing. Just look at the news of the past few days…

 

Great Elephant Census

Analysis: China’s ivory ban could boost elephant numbers

African Business

The recent Great Elephant Census calculated that the number of African savannah elephants had fallen by 30% over the last seven years alone, to 352,271. About 100 elephants are killed for ivory every day. Many parts of Tanzania and Mozambique have suffered catastrophic collapses in elephant populations over the past few years.

The measures to protect Africa’s mega fauna have become more extreme. Some Kenyan parks are employing a shoot-on-sight policy against poachers, while a plan has been hatched to move 80 African rhinos to Australia as a back-up population in case they become extinct in Africa…

 

Portland Trail Blazers

Portland Trail Blazers’ Insecurity Rears Its Ugly Head Again

Oregon Sports News

Late last week, local sports radio and television host Isaac Ropp announced that he had been fired from his job as a panelist on “Talkin’ Ball,” a program that appears after Blazers games on Comcast SportsNet Northwest.

Ropp said he was dismissed because he was critical of the team. He pointed the finger at Blazers GM Neil Olshey, calling him “the most sensitive guy I’ve ever seen in this business.”…

February 06, 2017

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Paul G. Allen

Crack the code

Milwaukee Business News

Bill Gates and Paul Allen’s 1979 decision to move Microsoft Corp. from Albuquerque, New Mexico, to the Seattle area transformed the economy of the Pacific Northwest.

Once known primarily as a lumber, shipping and airplane manufacturing hub, the presence of Microsoft began attracting talented tech workers and, as a result, venture capital investors to Seattle. Now, it has a thriving startup scene and is home to other giant corporations, such as Amazon and Starbucks…

 

Robert Kraft’s Net Worth: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Heavy.com

Though Kraft’s net worth of $5.2 billion makes him the 106th richest person in America, he’s just No. 6 on the list of NFL owners.

According to Forbes, he trails Paul Allen (Seahawks, $19.6 billion), Shahid Khan (Jaguars, $7.4 billion), Stephen Ross (Dolphins, $7.4 billion), Stan Kroenke (Rams, $7.4 billion) and Jerry Jones (Cowboys, $5.2 billion)…

 

Seeing Nature

Seeing Nature opens at SAM!

Seattle Pi

Get your tickets in advance for Seeing Nature and experience the natural world through the eyes of great artists. From dramatic views of the Grand Canyon to beautiful Venetian canals and a peaceful lily pond, this new exhibition illustrates the unique ways artists over the past five centuries have expressed the power and beauty of nature.

Among the 39 historically significant European and American landscape paintings on view are works by Claude Monet, Gustav Klimt, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, David Hockney, and more. Don’t miss the free Community Celebration on opening day!…

 

Seattle Seahawks

Some help planning your Super Bowl despise party

Chicago Sun Times

As befits America’s gaudiest spectacle, this is a battle of billionaire businessmen. There are 19 billionaire NFL owners, topped by the Seahawks’ Paul Allen ($17.5  billion), the Dolphins’ Stephen Ross ($12 billion) and the Rams’ Stan Kroenke ($7.7  billion).

Super Bowl 51, meanwhile, just gives us two run-of-the-mill aristocrats: the Patriots’ Robert Kraft ($4.9 billion) and the Falcons’ Arthur Blank ($2.6 billion)…

 

Hall of Famer Kenny Easley: For the most part, football loved me back

ESPN

No relationship existed between the Seahawks and one of their most legendary players until 2002, when the organization, under owner Paul Allen, reached out to Easley about being inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor.

It was then that a friend informed Easley he was the only defensive starter on the NFL 1980s All-Decade Team to not yet be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame…

 

Portland Trail Blazers

Covering the Portland Trail Blazers turns into risky business when they’re bad

The Oregonian

John Glissmeyer has the toughest job in the Portland media market. He’s a father of three young kids. And navigating that must feel like a breeze compared to the runaround he gets from the Trail Blazers most days.

Glissmeyer is my radio show producer. It’s his job to book the show that airs 12-3p on 750-AM and 102.9-FM. And on the directive of Blazers owner Paul Allen the NBA organization has been instructed, more or less, to make professional life difficult for him…