February 06, 2018

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Paul G Allen

The Case for a Business Partner Who Makes You Uncomfortable

Uncova

In April of 1975, Bill Gates and Paul Allen formed a partnership that led to a little company called Microsoft. You are probably using some of their products as you read this article. Their company has become one of the largest in the world. These days, it seems their partnership is not what it once was but it was those early days of partnering with someone who made Bill Gates step outside of his comfort zone that helped the company grow.

They complimented each other in different ways. They weren’t yes partners. They pushed and challenged each other and that’s what led to growth…

 

CEPI, a year in: How can we get ready for the next pandemic?

Devex

“CEPI is an exciting initiative that is a good step forward for the world. However, the results of its work are years away, and it will never be a silver bullet. There is still a lot to be done,” said Gabrielle Fitzgerald, who directed the $100 million Ebola program at the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, and directed Global Program Advocacy at the Gates Foundation, before launching Panorama in Seattle, Washington.

We need to make sure the world is also investing in developing new diagnostics and therapeutics, as well as ensuring countries are prepared to handle outbreaks…

 

Celebrate the Confluence of Music and Entrepreneurship With ‘Sounds of Success’

New Kerala

The role of music in enhancing productivity and creativity, and building empathy, is well-documented. Many accomplished entrepreneurs like Paul Allen, Co-Founder of Microsoft, Steve Wozniak, Co- Founder of Apple, and Roger McNamee, Founder of Silver Lake Partners and Elevation Partners are also active performing musicians.

Music is powerful at the level of the social group because it facilitates communication which goes beyond words, enables meanings to be shared, and promotes the development and maintenance of individual, group, cultural and national identities…

 

Vulcan Captial

A Seattle VC Explains Why These 3 Cities Are Most Likely to Be Chosen by Amazon for Its HQ2

Inc.

It’s an enormous opportunity expected to bring with it as many as 50,000 jobs and tens of billions of dollars’ worth of investment, but in reality only a handful of areas are best suited to be chosen by Amazon. That’s according to Matt McIlwain, managing director at Madrona Venture Group, the most active and largest VC firm in the Seattle area and an early investor in Amazon.

He has been investing in machine learning, AI and intelligent apps lately including several co-invests with Bezos Expeditions, Paul Allen’s Vulcan Capital, Amazon and Microsoft. Here are McIlwain’s words on which locations are most likely to make the final cut…

 

Allen Institute for Brain Science

Zika brain damage may go undetected in pregnancy

Eurek Alert

This work was primarily supported by private philanthropy, including gifts from five anonymous donors from Florida. Further support came from the University of Washington Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Seattle Children’s Research Institute.

University of Washington Center for Innate Immunity and Immune Disease, National Institutes of Health , NIH training grants, Keck Foundation, Perkins Coie Award for Discovery, and the NIH Office of Research Infrastructure Programs. The authors also thank the Allen Institute for Brain Science founders, Paul G. Allen and Jody Allen…

 

Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence

Why we are in danger of overestimating AI

Financial Times

“Given the excitement and investment in deep learning, it’s important to analyse it and consider [its] limitations,” says Oren Etzioni, chief executive of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence. Referring to recent warnings about the threat to humanity from an all-powerful AI.

He says: “If we have Elon Musk and [Oxford university’s] Nick Bostrom talking about ‘superintelligence’, we need [sceptics like] Gary Marcus to provide a reality check.”…

 

Tech Moves: Seattle startup vet Gaurav Oberoi joins Paul Allen’s AI initiative; Axon scoops up Nokia vision team; PitchBook hires Marchex exec

Geek Wire

Gaurav Oberoi, an entrepreneur and startup executive known for co-founding Precision Polling, BillMonk and SurveyMonkey Audience, has joined the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2) as an entrepreneur in residence, GeekWire has learned.

“I’m interested in computer vision, and am exploring ideas that use cameras to provide actionable information about the world, as well as techniques for video and image generation,” Oberoi told GeekWire in an email interview…

 

Great Elephant Census

Conservationist Known For Exposing Ivory & Rhino Trade Stabbed To Death

Huffington Post

Martin, who was in his 70s, moved to Kenya from New York several decades ago to dedicate his life to exposing the dark side of an industry that has soared in the last few decades due to growing demand in global markets, particularly in Asia.

About 144,000 elephants were slaughtered for ivory poaching in less than a decade, the Great Elephant Census found in 2016. More than 1,000 rhinos were illegally killed last year…

 

Owen Paterson: Closing the UK’s ivory trade is a statement of intent on environmental issues

Politics Home

We lose an elephant every 25 minutes. Their population has fallen by almost a third since 2007. The Great Elephant Census, published in August 2016, found only 352,271 Savannah elephants across the 18 countries surveyed, representing a 70% crash in numbers since 1979 when the total population stood at 1.3 million. This alarming decline is the direct result of rising demand for ivory.

It is, perhaps, tempting to argue that the answer to tackling demand for a product is to supply more, suggesting we should actively farm elephants for their ivory…

 

Smart City Challenge

Columbus issues RFP for smart city data hub

Smart Cities Drive

These efforts to push Columbus toward a more connected future are not surprising, considering Columbus has been in the smart city spotlight since it won the 2016 U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Smart City Challenge, a victory to the tune of $50 million total in grant money.

It is unclear how much of the grant money will be used toward building this SCOS; in the past few months, the city changed a number of the projects under the grant budget in order to optimize the funding. However all of the projects that will utilize the DOT funding are data-driven, indicating that the SCOS is a needed asset…

 

When Big Tech comes to town: Pittsburgh tries to repair Uber deal and apply lessons to Amazon bid

Geek Wire

In exchange for his support, Peduto expected Uber to be a partner in building the transportation system of the future in Pittsburgh. The mayor wanted Uber to invest $25 million to, among other things, connect the Hazelwood test track with Carnegie Mellon University.

Peduto believed the investment would help Pittsburgh win a $50 million federal grant known as the Smart City Challenge. Put off by the cost, Uber rejected Peduto’s request and responded with a list of infrastructure upgrades Pittsburgh could make, on its own, to bolster its chances in the competition…

 

OH: Columbus Issues RFP for the Operating System to Run its Smart City Systems

Mass Transit

Last year, Columbus was named the recipient of $10 million in grant money tied to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge. The windfall brought with it some $90 million from local businesses and a sizable portfolio of hardware, software and support services from technology companies.

The initiative puts Columbus at the forefront of a groundswell of smart city developments ranging from growing the adoption of electric and autonomous vehicles, revamping mass transit into a more multimodal experience and improving commercial truck traffic through the city…

 

Seattle Seahawks

Trump is over the NFL. The league isn’t over him.

Mercury News

Over the next 17 months, as his TRUMP-emblazoned jet (bought from Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen) took him across the United States, he could not shake his fascination with the NFL. He invited Rex Ryan, at the time the Bills coach, to introduce him at a primary rally in Buffalo.

He consulted Kraft often and, according to Nunberg, sent a letter of support to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (who for a while kept a “Make America Great Again” hat in his locker) during the Deflategate saga. He read a letter from Coach Bill Belichick during a rally in 2016…

 

Portland Trail Blazers

NBA trade deadline: 5 bold predictions, starring Isaiah Thomas and DeAndre Jordan

CBS Sports

We’re in the third year of the full-time Damian Lillard-McCollum backcourt and, while they can be electric at times, you have to wonder whether the Blazers still think this is a potential championship combination.

Lillard’s meeting with Blazers owner Paul Allen was reportedly harmless, but that doesn’t mean that the All-Star point guard isn’t tired of being stuck toward the bottom of the Western Conference playoff race…

February 05, 2018

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Paul G Allen

The Case for a Business Partner Who Makes You Uncomfortable

Entrepreneur India

In April of 1975, Bill Gates and Paul Allen formed a partnership that led to a little company called Microsoft. You are probably using some of their products as you read this article. Their company has become one of the largest in the world.

These days, it seems their partnership is not what it once was but it was those early days of partnering with someone who made Bill Gates step outside of his comfort zone that helped the company grow. They complimented each other in different ways. They weren’t yes partners. They pushed and challenged each other and that’s what led to growth…

 

Celebrate the Confluence of Music and Entrepreneurship With ‘Sounds of Success’

PR Newswire

The role of music in enhancing productivity and creativity, and building empathy, is well-documented. Many accomplished entrepreneurs like Paul Allen, Co-Founder of Microsoft, Steve Wozniak, Co-Founder of Apple, and Roger McNamee, Founder of Silver Lake Partners and Elevation Partners are also active performing musicians.

Music is powerful at the level of the social group because it facilitates communication which goes beyond words, enables meanings to be shared, and promotes the development and maintenance of individual, group, cultural and national identities. It helps people get out of their silos, start talking to each other, and realize they share a lot of the same goals. Residents at Ananda will be encouraged to form bands within the community which will help bring them together…

 

Boris Mizhen on Drawing Inspiration from Bill Gates Business Model

Marketers Media

“He found his passion early and followed it,” describes Boris Mizhen. “This is one of the most important yet hardest parts of business, and indeed life.” In 1968, a PC company loaned a state-of-the-art $3,000 machine to Gates’ high school. He joined the Computer Club and instantly became fascinated by the possibilities of the technology.

Gates met Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen here, and the two future business partners were constantly trying to get time with the equipment, going so far as to exploit a glitch in the software that tracked usage for the corporation that owned the workstations. They were disciplined with probation, but when they were finally allowed back into the lab, they offered to debug the program, which led to developing a payroll database for the same business…

 

The British Are Coming! The Elite London Clubs Heading Stateside

Hand Book

Still in Los Angeles, this year will also see the opening of The Hospital Club’s first overseas venture. The Covent Garden club was founded in 2004 by the unlikely combo of Microsoft founder Paul Allen and former Eurythmics front-man David Stewart. The club is designed as a hang-out for TV and creative types and has seen huge success.

Named after the disused hospital it took over (a maternity hospital dating to 1749) The Hospital Club boasts a TV Studio as well as restaurants and screening rooms ad it’s hoped that the new club will be a hit with TV execs and actors in LA too. Occupying the site of The Redbury and re-styled as H.Club LA, the huge space will include a rooftop restaurant and pool. It’s only fitting that home of nip-and-tucks should be getting The Hospital. If only they’d consider the NHS too…

 

Red or blue, cities and states will likely pay to play for Amazon HQ2

Seattle Times

Our pot should not be wagging its finger at aspiring kettles when we got black for virtually no incentives at all. That was a matter of luck. Amazon grew up here. It became a giant with huge economic and tax benefits for the city, thanks to Paul Allen’s South Lake Union Innovation District, Bezos’ desire for a compact, green space, and Seattle’s natural and urban assets.

That such success stories happen so rarely now is a big reason why even the most progressive cities and states will ante up big when something as rare as HQ2 comes along…

 

They were the wizards of ’78

Boston Globe

VisiCalc was eventually superseded by products from Microsoft and Lotus Development Corp. Both had ties to Cambridge: Microsoft was conceived by Bill Gates and Paul Allen in 1974, after Allen bought a copy of Popular Electronics magazine in Harvard Square and saw that the era of personal computers was dawning; Lotus was founded by Mitch Kapor, a former programmer at the company that distributed VisiCalc.

Lotus was headquartered in Cambridge. It introduced an early business e-mail system, Lotus Notes, and grew to about 5,500 employees before it was acquired by IBM in 1995. By that time, Cambridge had a strong reputation as a place to start and grow software companies that aimed to address business headaches; today, big employers in the city include HubSpot and Pegasystems…

 

Vulcan Inc.

Columbus seeking Big Data gurus to build Smart City transportation data hub

Columbus Business First

The request for proposals lists 42 jobs needed for the team to build the data hub. Some are needed for just a quarter, some for a year, and some for the duration of what’s expected to be a three-year buildout. For the sake of argument, using Columbus’ average wages for all IT jobs of $92,000 annually, that’s topping $3.5 million in yearly wages alone.

Amazon.com Inc. has pledged $1 million in cloud computing services, part of the half-billion in private donations and in-kind services that have accompanied the Smart City win. Besides the $40 federal grant, Smart City includes $10 million from Vulcan Inc. to encourage electric vehicle adoption and other ways to reduce burning of carbon-based fuels…

 

Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence

Why we are in danger of overestimating AI

Financial Times

“Given the excitement and investment in deep learning, it’s important to analyse it and consider [its] limitations,” says Oren Etzioni, chief executive of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence. Referring to recent warnings about the threat to humanity from an all-powerful AI, he says: “If we have Elon Musk and [Oxford university’s] Nick Bostrom talking about ‘superintelligence’, we need [sceptics like] Gary Marcus to provide a reality check.”

Deep learning is a statistical approach using so-called “neural networks”, which are based on a theory of how the human brain works. Information passes through layers of artificial neurons, connections between which are adjusted until the desired result emerges. The main technique, called supervised learning, involves feeding in a series of inputs to train the system until the right output is obtained: pictures of cats, for instance, should eventually result in the word “cat”…

 

Smart City Challenge

Columbus Issues RFP for the Operating System to Run its Smart City Systems

Future Structure

“The (Smart Columbus Operating System) is envisioned as the data ‘spine’ of Columbus’ mobility initiatives,” said Jennifer Fening, senior manager of marketing communications for Smart Columbus. “The SCOS will capture mobility data — traffic, weather, parking, street closures and more — and make that data accessible to technologists within the city as well as the tech and startup communities.”

Last year, Columbus was named the recipient of $10 million in grant money tied to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge. The windfall brought with it some $90 million from local businesses and a sizable portfolio of hardware, software and support services from technology companies…

 

Seattle Seahawks

Seahawks mock draft: Best options at linebacker

Fan Sided

The Seahawks need younger talent nearly everywhere. Not that Seattle is without talent, of course, but it is aging. Unless Seattle finds some youth to go with the experience, once this championship window closes for the Seahawks there might be several barren years.

John Schneider hopefully doesn’t want this. Pete Carroll might retire in two seasons but he doesn’t want to bequeath seasons of awfulness unto Seattle. Paul Allen doesn’t want a mediocre franchise. And 12s certainly would not tolerate an aging empire falling into the sea…

 

President Trump is over the NFL (mostly). But the league still is feeling the fallout.

Washington Post

Nine months after Trump lost out on buying the Buffalo Bills, he descended an escalator at Trump Tower. “The big thing” was happening; Trump was declaring his plans to run for president. Over the next 17 months, as his TRUMP-emblazoned jet (bought from Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen) took him across the United States, he could not shake his fascination with the NFL.

He invited Rex Ryan, at the time the Bills coach, to introduce him at a primary rally in Buffalo. He consulted Kraft often and, according to Nunberg, sent a letter of support to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (who for a while kept a “Make America Great Again” hat in his locker) during the Deflategate saga. He read a letter from Coach Bill Belichick during a rally in 2016…

February 01, 2018

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Paul G Allen

This High-Dollar Prize Finds its Limit—the Moon

Inside Philanthropy

It’s a real downer for those enthusiastic about privatized space exploration, as the Lunar XPrize has been a symbol of the commercial space race since it followed up 2004’s original XPrize, funded by Paul Allen.

But Google, the XPrize and the competitors (there were originally 30) came to a conclusion made vividly clear by Matt Damon and Sandra Bullock alike—space travel is really, really hard. The teams either couldn’t raise enough funding or simply weren’t progressing fast enough…

 

The looming irrelevance of Microsoft

Audio Boom

In the decades of its existence, Microsoft has always appeared to have a clear goal: Appeal to as many as people as possible. In fact, founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen used to say their aim was to have a PC on every desk — and it’s a desire they ostensibly achieved.

PCs may now be overshadowed by smartphones in importance, but it was the Windows computer that first propagated the ubiquity of digital technology that is so commonplace today…

 

Selling airborne opulence to the upper-upper-upper class

CNBC

With a pair of powerfully inefficient Rolls-Royce RB211 turbofan engines, the plane was flown by discount airlines after its completion in 1991 (the first in Denmark, the second in Mexico) before it was sold in 1995 to Paul Allen, the Microsoft co-founder.

Allen is said to have selected this particular plane from his personal fleet to ferry about his N.F.L. team, the Seattle Seahawks…

 

Vulcan Productions

Seth Klarman Gives $5 Million to Spelman: Philanthropy Tracker

Bloomberg

$200,000: Mark Heising, founder of Medley Partners, and Liz Simons, a former teacher, through the Heising-Simons Foundation, to award freelance journalists reporting on U.S. immigrants and other under-represented people.

$25,000: Paul G. Allen through Vulcan Productions, to create a fellowship for a documentary filmmaker to tell a story about environment or conservation in conjunction with the San Francisco International Film Festival…

 

Vulcan Capital

Igneous Systems Raises $15M in Series B Financing

Finsmes

Igneous Systems, a Seattle, WA-based hybrid cloud backup and archive solution for unstructured data, raised $15m in Series B financing.

Vulcan Capital and Orca Bay Capital joined existing investors Madrona Venture Group, New Enterprise Associates, and RedPoint Ventures in the round…

 

Sun Basket Raises $57.8M In New Funding Led By August Capital

Perishable News

“We’re thrilled to partner with Sun Basket in its next phase as the company continues to scale rapidly and build out its healthy personal choice platform, which has the power to disrupt the $650 billion grocery market by providing consumers a healthier, easier, and more personal way to cook and eat delicious food.”

The round also included Sapphire Ventures, Accolade Partners, Founders Circle, Rembrandt Venture Partners, Vulcan Capital, Relevance Capital, Unilever Ventures, and Correlation Ventures…

 

Igneous Systems inks $15 mln

PE Hub Network

Igneous Systems, a provider of hybrid cloud backup and archive solution for unstructured data, has raised $15 million in funding.

The investors included Vulcan Capital and Orca Bay Capital…

 

Great Elephant Census

Ivory Ban Poser…Zambia, Zim seek clarity over lifting of ivory export to US

Southern Times

Earlier, the department also waived the ban in a similar manner for Zambia. Zambia and Zimbabwe have had mixed success in recent years maintaining or increasing their elephant population,  according to the Great Elephant Census, a project financed by Paul Allen, a founder of Microsoft.

The project also found that the African elephant population had shrunk nearly 30 percent from 2007 to 2014…

 

Smart City Challenge

New Orleans committee unveils plan to explore smart city tech

Smart Cities Dive

Outside of energy tech, New Orleans has made strides in pursuing other smart development. While the city fell short of winning mobility funding in the 2017 U.S. Department of Transportation Smart City Challenge, it still pushed forward in installing high-tech scanners on RTA buses, launched a new street car line in the French Quarter and unveiled a Blue Bikes bike-share program for city residents.

New Orleans also became one of the first cities to receive a What Works Cities certification, which recognizes New Orleans’ efforts to incorporate data into governance….

 

Portland Trail Blazers

Report: YouTube TV scores streaming rights for LA soccer team

Mobile Marketer

The YouTube TV deal with the Los Angeles Football Club may also indicate that sports teams will choose streaming services instead of traditional local partners like affiliate stations or regional sports networks. Basketball-team owners including Steve Ballmer (Los Angeles Clippers), Paul Allen (Portland Trailblazers) and Ted Leonsis (Washington Wizards) have talked about owning their own TV rights and self-distributing on the internet, per Variety.

Traditional broadcasters still have a lot of spending power, but the trends in cord-cutting and mobile video may shift that balance of power in the coming years…

February 01, 2018

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Paul G Allen

Conservationist Pin-Ups: How Effective is celebrity-Driven conversation Marketing?

We are Africa Travel

A number of Hollywood notables have also trained their cameras on the cause, making documentaries about the plight of the elephants ­– Kathryn Bigelow, the Oscar-winning director made a short film Last Days. Sex and the City’s Kristin Davis produced the Gardeners of Eden, while tech billionaire Paul Allen made the touching Naledi: A Baby Elephant’s Tale.

Savvy charities such as WildAid* have spotted the hugely influential voice wielded by these household names and brought them on board, creating celebrity-driven hashtags such as #JoinTheHerd, which saw donations to their elephant initiative rise by 94 per cent after a few high-profile retweets…

 

The looming irrelevance of Microsoft

The Week

In the decades of its existence, Microsoft has always appeared to have a clear goal: Appeal to as many as people as possible. In fact, founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen used to say their aim was to have a PC on every desk — and it’s a desire they ostensibly achieved.

PCs may now be overshadowed by smartphones in importance, but it was the Windows computer that first propagated the ubiquity of digital technology that is so commonplace today…

 

BlackBook Urbanologie: Four London Members Clubs Coming to NYC and LA

Black Book

Additional amenities include an outdoor pool deck, relaxing tea room, stylish bars, gym and wellness facilities, creative co-working space, music studio, screening room and live performance spaces and 36 bedrooms.

Founded in 2004 by philanthropist and enterpreneur, Paul G. allen in London, in what was once a derelict hospital and is popular hub for the creatice industries…

 

TAAQademy and Machani Ananda associate to confluence entrepreneurs and musicians

Radio and Music

Many accomplished entrepreneurs like Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen, Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak and Silver Lake Partners and Elevation Partners Founder Roger McNamee are also active performing musicians. Music is powerful at the level of the social group because it facilitates communication which goes beyond words, enables meanings to be shared, and promotes the development and maintenance of individual, group, cultural and national identities.

It helps people get out of their silos, start talking to each other, and realize they share a lot of the same goals. Residents at Ananda will be encouraged to form bands within the community which will help bring them together…

 

YouTube TV Strikes Unprecedented Deal for Pro Sports TV Rights (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety

The likes of basketball-team owners including Steve Ballmer (Los Angeles Clippers), Paul Allen (Portland Trailblazers) and Ted Leonsis (Washington Wizards) have discussed exploring holding onto their own TV rights and self-distributing over the Internet.

But no pro sports team has done so yet considering how rich a revenue stream existing RSN or local affiliate deals can be…

 

Can Friendships Survive Business Partnerships?

Plumber

However, many ventures founded by friends do succeed, and in fact, they represent some of the world’s most prominent brands. Apple with Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, Microsoft with Bill Gates and Paul Allen, Google with Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Hewlett-Packard with Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard, or Ben & Jerry’s with Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield.

Certainly, life wasn’t always a joy ride for these founding partners. Varying tastes, priorities and approaches often lead to conflicts. A little caution will go a long way, and you need to know the advantages and disadvantages of starting a business with your best friend…

 

Computer History Museum Launches New Speaker Series ‘Inside the Transformation’

Globe News Wire

Speakers and moderators are carefully selected and engage in meaningful, thought-provoking discussions. CHM Live’s diverse range of programs is designed for a global audience and is distributed worldwide on multiple media platforms.

Launching in 2018, “Inside the Transformation” and “Technically Speaking” join the Museum’s past speaker series “Revolutionaries.” Past speakers include Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, Google’s Eric Schmidt, Tesla’s Elon Musk and Microsoft’s Paul Allen…

 

US Navy to Survey Downed Aircraft in the Philippine Sea

Turkish Maritme

The U.S. Navy said it has contracted a research vessel owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen to survey the location of a downed C-2A Greyhound plane before attempts are made to recover the aircraft from 18,500 feet below the surface in the Philippine Sea.

The C-2A Greyhound was transporting 11 crew and passengers when it crashed into the ocean on November 22, 2017, killing three…

 

Vulcan Inc.

AAA survey shows drivers more welcoming to self-driving cars

Akron Legal News

In addition, autonomous vehicles are a key component to the Smart Columbus, an effort the city launched after it received $40 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation plus $10 million from Vulcan Inc.

Some of Smart Columbus’ initiatives include developing connected technologies to allow communication between vehicles and introducing connected electric autonomous vehicles. For the latter initiative, the city will launch EAVs at Easton Town Center improve safety…

 

Columbus building technological ‘heartbeat’ of future smart cities

Columbus Dispatch

“There are messages continually being generated from the cars to the system. … How to get from Point A to Point B in the most efficient and cost-effective way.” Columbus beat out 77 other U.S. cities in 2016 to win the Smart Cities grant.

It includes $40 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation to create a smart-transportation system in which vehicles and roads communicate to make travel easier and safer. It also came with $10 million from Vulcan Inc. with a goal of reducing greenhouse emissions and auto commutes…

 

Vulcan Productions

Seth Klarman Gives $5 Million to Spelman: Philanthropy Tracker

Bloomberg

$25,000: Paul G. Allen through Vulcan Productions, to create a fellowship for a documentary filmmaker to tell a story about environment or conservation in conjunction with the San Francisco International Film Festival.

$20,000: Kaepernick and Stephen Curry each pledged $10,000 to United Playaz in San Francisco, which works to keep youth out of the justice system…

 

Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence

Inside Amazon’s Artificial Intelligence Flywheel

Wired

“Despite the fact they’re playing catchup, their product releases have been incredibly impressive,” says Oren Etzioni, CEO of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence. “They’re a world-class company and they’ve created world-class AI products.”

The flywheel keeps spinning, and we haven’t seen the impact of a lot of six-pager proposals still in the pipeline. More data. More customers. Better platforms. More talent…

 

Find the answers you need

Hacker Noon

Due to similarities in their implementation, I decided to first understand the math behind them. This led me to write an article, explaining the best model.

For Asknote, I chose to go with the second best model (by Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence) because its performance is excellent for the use case…

 

MIT Technology Review Announces 2018 EmTech Digital Conference March 26-27

ADVFN 

Today, MIT Technology Review announced its sixth west coast conference on emerging digital technologies, EmTech Digital 2018, which will take place at the St. Regis San Francisco, March 26-27, 2018. The annual conference convenes innovators, entrepreneurs, business leaders and venture capitalists to examine the next wave of the digital revolution.

Attendees will gain clear insights about artificial intelligence (“AI”) and meet the sharpest minds in technology, management, startups, engineering and academia who will pave the way for emerging intelligent technologies…

 

Great Elephant Census

Zimbabwe’s Elephant Selling Harming Tourism

Country Life

Zimbabwean environmental activist Kenesias Dambakurima was told by Zimparks Director-General Fulton Mangwanya that the country had 70,000 elephants but only the carrying capacity of 50,000, which leaves 20,000 for “export”. He also told him that the elephants being captured and exported are not baby elephants but adults.

According to the Great Elephant Census, the country has more – 82,304 – but notes that this equals a decline of 6% overall and 74% in the northern regions…

 

Smart City Challenge

A Government Perspective: 2018 Technology Trends

Denver

Spurred on by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge, Denver is aggressively embracing and testing new and better ways to deploy technology and using data to improve services for residents, businesses, and visitors.

Denver Smart City is knocking down silos between departments, optimizing city operations, and addressing some of our biggest challenges: crime, traffic congestion, vehicle crashes, air pollution, and economic imbalances…

 

Gov. Kasich Launches DriveOhio with Executive Order

Sun Burg News

Housed within the Ohio Department of Transportation, DriveOhio is a partnership between ODOT, the Department of Public Safety, the Department of Administrative Services, the Ohio Turnpike Infrastructure Commission, the Public Utilities Commissions of Ohio, the Department of Insurance, the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation and the Ohio Adjutant General’s Department.

“Gov. Kasich is to be commended for his vision of a state that attracts and develops innovation in an increasingly important industry,” said ODOT Director Jerry Wray. “DriveOhio represents the future of smart mobility and positions Ohio as a key leader.”…

 

Portland Trail Blazers

CJ is king in record setting night

NBC Sports

“We have 15 guys on team, and I think a good 11 of the guys are like, man, I could be moved,’’ Davis said. “It’s human nature.’’

But Lillard, the team captain who recently met with owner Paul Allen to talk about the direction and plan for the team, said he hopes Davis is kept out of the Blazers’ trade talks…

 

Blazers Recap: CJ, OLÉ! McCollum Drops 50, Blazers Win, 124-108!!

Portland Mercury

Naturally, the postgame press conference buzzed with CJ glee. Even the team’s owner Paul Allen walked through and said, “I have no comment. CJ was hot. Thats it.”

In the locker room, CJ’s modesty was unbearable. When asked what he’ll remember most about this game, he replied, “My great aunt is here. She’s 92. It’s her first time seeing a game here.”…

January 31, 2018

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Paul G Allen

Meet the Nautilus, Germany’s little Houseboat that could

Inside Hook

As I write this, a network of robots is being launched under Antarctic ice shelves to study the imminent impact of rising sea levels on coastal cities. The research is part of new nearly $2M partnership project between the University of Washington’s College of the Environment, the UW Applied Physics Laboratory and Paul G. Allen Philanthropies.

We’re grateful for those putting in the work to reconcile humanity with climate change, from scientists and politicians to motivated movers and shakers. We know our limits though, and know our best way of helping will be to stay out of the way…

 

University classrooms not enough for real-life experience, says startup founder Yeo

International Business Times

If we look into the history of famous people, who dropped out of universities for a great cause, the huge list will include personalities like Bill Gates, who left Harvard University to focus on Microsoft, including co-founder Paul Allen, who ditched Washington State University to join Gates.

The co-founder of tech giant Apple, Steve Jobs is also known as a successful millionaire who did not finish his college…

 

US Navy to Survey Downed Aircraft in the Philippine Sea

Marine Technology

The U.S. Navy said it has contracted a research vessel owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen to survey the location of a downed C-2A Greyhound plane before attempts are made to recover the aircraft from 18,500 feet below the surface in the Philippine Sea.

The C-2A Greyhound was transporting 11 crew and passengers when it crashed into the ocean on November 22, 2017, killing three…

 

Vulcan Inc.

Columbus building technological ‘heartbeat’ of future smart cities

Columbus Dispatch

Columbus beat out 77 other U.S. cities in 2016 to win the Smart Cities grant. It includes $40 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation to create a smart-transportation system in which vehicles and roads communicate to make travel easier and safer. It also came with $10 million from Vulcan Inc. with a goal of reducing greenhouse emissions and auto commutes.

Smart Columbus wouldn’t estimate the cost of the information system.The data isn’t limited to transportation. Eventually, it will include data for and from medical services, food pantries and private businesses participating in the program…

 

Vulcan Capital

Billion Dollar Unicorns: Will Zuora be able to Compete with Oracle?

Sramanamitra

Zuora has been venture funded so far with $242.5 million in venture funding from investors including BlackRock, Wellington Management, NextWorld Capital, Northgate Capital, Vulcan Capital, Benchmark Capital, Marc Benioff, Shasta Ventures, Lehman Brothers, Redpoint Ventures, Tenaya Capital, Index Ventures, Greylock Partners, and Dave Duffield. Last year, it had raised an undisclosed amount at an undisclosed valuation.

Prior to that, Zuora had raised $115 million in 2015 at a valuation of $740 million. Analysts estimate that it is presently valued at more than $1 billion…

 

Walmart in talks to buy minority stake in Flipkart: Report

Tech Circle

Softbank was also part of the buy-back programme, as its $2.5-billion investment included a secondary transaction sale of $817 million, the report added.

Likewise, Belgium-based Sofina ($28 million), GIC Singapore ($29.2 million), Vulcan Capital ($16 million) and Kalaari Capital ($4.7 million) also saw exits through this sale…

 

VCs palm Igneous $15m to give its Arm-powered backup boxen a leg up

The Register

Vulcan Capital and Orca Bay Capital joined existing investors Madrona Venture Group, New Enterprise Associates, and RedPoint Ventures in the round. Vulcan Capital is part of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s Vulcan Inc.

Igneous will use the cash to grow its business and get more customers buying the product. Ex-Nicira CEO Stephen Mullaney has joined Igneous’s board to help in this generally…

 

Igneous Raises $15 Million

Storage Newsletter

Igneous Systems, Inc., which delivers hybrid cloud backup and archive solution for unstructured data, announced that Vulcan Capital and Orca Bay Capital joined existing investors in its series B financing round of $15 million.

Customers include leading Fortune 500 and Global 2000 enterprises, and the company plans to utilize the funds to enable continued market penetration of its Igneous Hybrid Storage Cloud offering…

 

Tiger Global’s 2.2% stake sale for $424 m boosts Flipkart’s valuation to $17-19 b

The Hindu

Divesh Makan, known as Spider of Silicon Valley by an international magazine, made about $49 million through his fund, Iconiq Capital. Makan is learnt to have made most of his money through investments in Facebook.

Some of the other funds which benefited from the share sale were Sofina SA, Belgium which mopped up $28 million; GIC Singapore with $29.2 million, Vulcan Capital with $16 million and Kalari with $4.7 million…

 

Allen Institute for Brain Science

Top 10 Neuroscience News Stories of 2017

Technology Networks

In October this year, the Allen Institute for Brain Science added the first data from human nerve cells to the Allen Cell Types Database: a publicly available tool for researchers to explore and understand the building blocks of the human brain.

This open-access data repository will enable scientists the world over to interpret the data. Speeding up advances in our understanding of the brain…

 

Subcellular Localization and Activity of TRPM4 in Medial Prefrontal Cortex Layer 2/3

Frontiers

In this study, we found widespread somatodendritic labeling for TRPM4 throughout all cortical layers, with an enrichment in layers 2/3 at early postnatal ages, and becoming more uniform across the layers after age P35. The TRPM4 immunolabeling we observed in the mPFC is generally consistent with the cellular pattern of TRPM4 mRNA expression in the Allen Brain Atlas (Allen Institute for Brain Science, 2017b), which shows a moderate and widespread neuronal expression in the frontal cortical area.

The subcellular pattern of TRPM4 immunolabeling in mPFC neurons presented here is similar to that shown previously (Kim et al., 2013) in cerebellar lobe IX Purkinje neurons, where TRPM4 immunolabeling was also confined to the somatodendritic region, with no apparent signals in the axon…

 

Smart City Challenge

Making Smart Cities

The Shillong Times

In 2015 competition for the Smart City challenge was drawn. During the middle of 2015 different states sent their own nominations for the Smart City challenge. Subsequently in the next few months the Ministry of Urban Development selected 100 of those cities to participate in the competition. These cities were selected on the basis of the parameters that the Ministry of Urban Development had drawn.

The cities that were selected as eligible were required to develop their smart city plans (SCPs) and compete against each other. Once the plans had been declared the winning cities are being announced in batches from time to time…

 

Brown Joins Portman, Ohio Delegation in Letter to Amazon Urging Selection of Columbus for Location of Second Headquarters

Brown Senator

In Central Ohio, you will find a qualified workforce that is essential to sustaining and growing your business. The Columbus region, in particular, boasts a diverse and superior talent pool as a result of several universities, community colleges, and technical schools located nearby. These talented and hard-working Ohioans are more than capable of providing a strong workforce for technology-based employment.

This is one of the many reasons why the U.S. Department of Transportation selected Columbus as the sole winner for America’s Smart City Challenge in 2016, cementing the City’s position as a national leader in the technology sector…

 

Portland Trail Blazers

Trail Blazers recall wade baldwin IV from G League

NBC Sports

“We have 15 guys on team, and I think a good 11 of the guys are like, man, I could be moved,’’ Davis said. “It’s human nature.’’

But Lillard, the team captain who recently met with owner Paul Allen to talk about the direction and plan for the team, said he hopes Davis is kept out of the Blazers’ trade talks…

 

January 30, 2018

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Underwater robots to measure Antarctica climate threat

Fox43

Scientists with the University of Washington in conjunction with Paul G. Allen Philanthropies are sending robots to Antarctica for as long as a year in what will be the longest mission ever undertaken in the region.

The aim: to gain more extensive data about the rate of ice loss and thus more accurately predict future sea-level rise…

 

Seattle’s biggest celebrities

Seattle Pie

Bill Gates, left, and Paul Allen graduated from Lakeside High School in the early ’70s. Then they started Microsoft in 1975…

 

Paul Allen’s Upstream Music Fest and Summit returning with The Flaming Lips as headliner

Geek Wire

The Upstream Music Fest and Summit, created by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen last year as a way to showcase diverse musical talent, has announced some of the acts that will play the main stage at this year’s event, June 1-3 in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood.

Upstream revealed Monday that The Flaming Lips will headline the Amazon main Stage on Sunday and Cut Copy will also play Sunday on the KEXP stage…

 

Sun Basket is a bright spot in the meal-kit industry

Digital Commerce 360

Sun Basket, a premium meal-kit service backed by billionaire Paul Allen and the consumer-product giant Unilever, has raised $57.8 million, overcoming investor pessimism fueled by the struggles of competitor Blue Apron Holdings Inc.

Less than six months after becoming a public company, Blue Apron, No. 197 in the Internet Retailer 2017 Top 500, is widely seen as a venture-fattened startup that wasn’t ready for adulthood. Its stock is trading at more than 60% less than what it as then the company went public in June…

 

Vulcan Capital

Igneous Systems ingests $15 million funding for file data protection

Search Storage

“This is strictly hypothetical, but say we build in compliance enforcement,” he said. “If a customer says, ‘Provide insights into a GDPR violation,’ that would be an added charge.”

Vulcan Capital and Orca Bay Capital joined original Igneous Systems investors Madrona Venture Group, New Enterprise Associates, and RedPoint Ventures in the round. The round brings the company’s total investment to just over $41 million…

 

‘Netflix of food’ secures $57.8 million investment

Baking Business

The investment round also included Sapphire Ventures, Accolade Partners, Founders Circle, Rembrandt Venture Partners, Vulcan Capital, Relevance Capital and Correlation Ventures.

This funding round is not the first for the data-based meal kit company. In May 2017, Unilever Ventures led a $9.2 million Series C-2 funding round for Sun Basket…

 

Seattle’s Igneous Systems raises $15M Series B funding round, but at a lower valuation

Geek Wire

The new round included new investors Vulcan Capital and Orca Bay Capital, joining existing investors New Enterprise Associates, Madrona Venture Group, and Redpoint Ventures. Documents obtained by GeekWire indicate that the share price fell during this latest round.

CEO Kiran Bhageshpur declined to comment on a specific valuation. However, given the opportunity to comment, he didn’t deny that this new funding is a down round…

 

Igneous Adds Vulcan Capital as Investor in Series-B Financing

Daily Times Leader

 Igneous Systems, which delivers the industry’s first hybrid cloud backup and archive solution for unstructured data, announced today that Vulcan Capital and Orca Bay Capital joined existing investors in its Series-B financing round of $15 million.

Igneous customers include leading Fortune 500 and Global 2000 enterprises, and the company plans to utilize the funds to enable continued market penetration of its Igneous Hybrid Storage Cloud offering…

 

Vulcan Productions

15th Annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival Announces Selections, Competitions, and More!

Broadway World

“We are very excited about DocShop 2018, which is funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and will feature representatives from Vimeo, Vulcan Productions, Sundance Institute New Frontier, Tribeca Film Institute, Gravitas Ventures, SEED & Spark, Fandor and ITVS among other industry voices,” said Rachel Gregg, Executive Director, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.

The festival will also feature a retrospective program spotlighting two-time Emmy Award-winning and two-time Academy Award-nominated documentary film director Kirby Dick…

 

Great Elephant Census

Zimbabwe: Selling elephants to questionable Chinese destinations damages country’s tourism, say critics

Daily Maverick

Zimbabwean environmental activist Kenesias Dambakurima was told by Zimparks Director-General Fulton Mangwanya that the country had 70,000 elephants but only the carrying capacity of 50,000, which leaves 20,000 for “export”.

He also told him that the elephants being captured and exported are not baby elephants but adults. According to the Great Elephant Census, the country has more – 82,304 – but notes that this equals a decline of 6% overall and 74% in the northern regions…

 

Smart City Challenge

Why partnerships and engagement are key strategies for building smart transportation networks

American City and County

A Smart Cities Week panel discussion on DOT Smart City Challenge award winner Columbus, Ohio provided real-world confirmation of why public-private partnerships and collaboration are essential to ensuring the success of complex, multi-faceted transportation improvement projects.

The population of Columbus, Ohio is expected to double within the next 10 years. As panel moderator Scott Corwin put it, “There simply isn’t enough infrastructure to accommodate all those people.”…

 

Portland Trail Blazers

NBA trade rumors: Trail Blazers’ CJ McCollum available? Should Sixers make offer?

Wildcats Radio

Blazers All-Star point guard Damian Lillard recently met with Portland team owner Paul Allen to discuss the future trajectory of the franchise.Perhaps that’s a future that does not include his backcourt mate, shooting guard CJ McCollum.

The Blazers cap situation isn’t exactly ideal right now, as they already have more than $100 million committed to players this season, next season and in 2019-20 due to the large contracts the team has given out in recent years to Lillard, McCollumn, Evan Turner, Moe Harkless and Meyers Leonard, all signed through the 2019-20 season at approximately $340 million combined…

 

Damian Lillard says Ed Davis might be too important for Trail Blazers to trade

NBC Sports

But Lillard, the team captain who recently met with owner Paul Allen to talk about the direction and plan for the team, said he hopes Davis is kept out of the Blazers’ trade talks.

“I think he just means too much to our team,’’ Lillard said. “I mean, I don’t see anybody giving us anything worth giving him up…

 

January 29, 2018

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How Much Longer Can Coastal Cities Survive? Robots Swimming Under Ice in Antarctica Will Deliver the Countdown

Yahoo

In the coming days, researchers will be sending valuable equipment beneath ice shelves to collect data over the course of the year. The team will deploy three Seagliders and four ice floats; the nearly $2 million project was funded by Paul G. Allen Philanthropies.

The ice shelves these bots will study don’t specifically cause sea level rise—rather, they act like a buttress for Antarctica’s ice sheets, which are filled with glaciers that are slipping into the sea. Despite the vast amount of what we do know about Antarctica, there is plenty we don’t know—partly because of how difficult it is to study…

 

The Mind Meld of Bill Gates and Steven Pinker

New York Times

In 1975, Mr. Gates founded Microsoft with Paul Allen, and the two quickly built it into the dominant force in the personal computing software industry. It ultimately became the world’s largest software company and made Mr. Gates, for a time, the richest man in the world.

But, in a surprising turn roughly two decades into his tenure at Microsoft, Mr. Gates shifted his attention — and ultimately more than $30 billion of his fortune — to philanthropy, creating with his wife the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation…

 

London’s most esteemed and exclusive members’ establishments are heading across the pond to open exciting new U.S. outposts…

Urbanologie

An elegant rooftop restaurant will have views across Hollywood and lead onto a desert garden inspired by the English gardens of the late filmmaker Derek Jarman. Additional amenities include an outdoor pool deck, relaxing tea room, stylish bars, gym and wellness facilities, creative co-working spaces, music studio, screening room and live performance spaces and 36 bedrooms.

Founded in 2004 by philanthropist and entrepreneur, Paul G. Allen in London, in what was once a derelict hospital and is a popular hub for the creative industries…

 

Vulcan Capital

Sun Basket raises $57.8m for fuel meal delivery expansion

Food Business Review

“We’re thrilled to partner with Sun Basket in its next phase as the company continues to scale rapidly and build out its healthy personal choice platform, which has the power to disrupt the $650 billion grocery market by providing consumers a healthier, easier, and more personal way to cook and eat delicious food.”

The round also included Sapphire Ventures, Accolade Partners, Founders Circle, Rembrandt Venture Partners, Vulcan Capital, Relevance Capital, Unilever Ventures, and Correlation Ventures…

 

US meal kit business Sun Basket raises $42m in investment round

Just Food

He said: “We’re thrilled to partner with Sun Basket in its next phase as the company continues to scale rapidly and build out its healthy personal choice platform, which has the power to disrupt the $650bn grocery market by providing consumers a healthier, easier, and more personal way to cook and eat delicious food.”

The investment round also included Sapphire Ventures, Accolade Partners, Founders Circle, Rembrandt Venture Partners, Vulcan Capital, Relevance Capital, Unilever Ventures (again), and Correlation Ventures…

 

EMP Museum

Think Too Much: Is this the year the Grammys embrace rap?

Gazette-Times

Bob Santelli has been watching the Grammy Awards for years and worked as the executive director of the Grammy Museum from 2008 to 2016. Before that, the music journalist was the CEO of the Experience Music Project in Seattle and a vice president at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

He currently is the director of popular music and performing arts in the College of Liberal Arts at Oregon State University. I caught up with him briefly this week and asked him what his reaction was to the dominance of rap in this year’s nominations…

 

Portland Trail Blazers

NBA trade rumors: Trail Blazers’ CJ McCollum available? Should Sixers make the offer?

NJ.com

Blazers All-Star point guard Damian Lillard recently met with Portland team owner Paul Allen to discuss the future trajectory of the franchise.

Perhaps that’s a future that does not include his backcourt mate, shooting guard CJ McCollum…

January 26, 2018

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RV Petrel in C-2A Greyhound Survey

Subsea World News

“Salvage of an aircraft at this depth is unprecedented and the condition of the C-2A is unknown, making recovery very challenging. Every effort will be made to recover the aircraft and our fallen Sailors,” the U.S. Navy said.

RV Petrel is Paul Allen’s 250-foot research and exploration vessel with advanced underwater equipment and technology, making it capable of exploring to 6,000 meters deep…

 

US Navy to survey grounded C-2A Greyhound 5,600 meters below surface

Naval Today

The US Navy announced it is starting a mission to survey the downed C-2A Greyhound aircraft that crashed into the Philippine Sea en route to the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan on November 22.

The navy will carry out the mission with help from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s research vessel R/V Petrel which will depart from the Philippines in the coming days and proceed to the C-2A’s location at sea…

 

Ormoc looks to boost tourism following discovery of WWII shipwrecks in bay

ABS CBN News

Gomez plans to sit down and talk with officials of the Japanese Embassy in the Philippines about the result of the research and the possibility of erecting a monument somewhere near the bay.

The warships, believed to have sunk during the Battle of Ormoc Bay in 1944, were found in a mission by R/V Petrel, an underwater research, and exploration vessel commissioned by philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen…

 

Fisherman’s fest to bring over 60 bands to Everett in March

Herald Net

The festival was held in May for its first three years. But that changed when Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen decided that his Upstream Music Festival would play Seattle’s Pioneer Square in mid-May. Rather than compete with an event that had more than 200 bands and 25 stages last year, EMI moved Fisherman to March.

“Everything went well with the move,” Crowther said. “Most people are excited to have it happen earlier than later.”…

 

Organic Meal Kits Draw Investors Despite Blue Apron’s Troubles

Bloomberg

Sun Basket, a premium meal-kit service backed by billionaire Paul Allen and the consumer-product giant Unilever, has raised $57.8 million, overcoming investor pessimism fueled by the struggles of competitor Blue Apron Holdings Inc.

The funding round, led by the Silicon Valley venture firm August Capital, values Sun Basket at more than $500 million, according to a person familiar with the matter who asked not to be named because the details are private…

 

Organic meal kits draw investors

Bend Bulletin

Sun Basket, a premium meal-kit service backed by billionaire Paul Allen and the consumer-product giant Unilever, has raised $57.8 million, overcoming investor pessimism fueled by the struggles of competitor Blue Apron Holdings Inc.

The funding round, led by the Silicon Valley venture firm August Capital, values Sun Basket at more than $500 million, according to a person familiar with the matter who asked not to be named because the details are private…

 

Vulcan Aerospace

Stennis Space Center: NASA’s Largest Rocket Testing Site

Space

The E1 test stand, constructed in the 1990s, consists of four individual test stands. Since then, Stennis has signed agreements with various private manufactures for testing their rockets on the stand. Stratolaunch and Blue Origin are just two of those corporations.

“We are very excited to have demonstrated a new class of high-performance hydrogen engines,” said Rob Meyerson, president and program manager of Blue Origin, in a 2012 statement…

 

Vulcan Capital

Sun Basket Raises $57.8M in Series D Funding

Finsmes

The round was led by August Capital with participation from Sapphire Ventures, Accolade Partners, Founders Circle, Rembrandt Venture Partners, Vulcan Capital, Relevance Capital, Unilever Ventures, and Correlation Ventures. Sun Basket also recently raised $15M in debt financing from Trinity Capital Investment, bringing the total new funding to $57.8M. With the investment in Sun Basket, Tripp Jones, general partner of August Capital, has joined Sun Basket’s board of directors.

The company will use the funds to further advance its technology to provide customers with more choice and personalize their meals by leveraging their transaction data, dietary needs, and preferences…

 

Sun Basket raises $57.8m in move to boost meal kit offering

Foodbev Media

 “We’re thrilled to partner with Sun Basket in its next phase as the company continues to scale rapidly and build out its healthy personal choice platform, which has the power to disrupt the $650 billion grocery market by providing consumers a healthier, easier, and more personal way to cook and eat delicious food.”

The round also included Sapphire Ventures, Accolade Partners, Founders Circle, Rembrandt Venture Partners, Vulcan Capital, Relevance Capital, Unilever Ventures, and Correlation Ventures…

 

Sun Basket hits $275 million run rate and raises $57.8 million to fuel meal delivery expansion

Venture Beat

“Sun Basket has achieved incredible growth and industry-leading unit economics in just a few years since launch,” added August Capital general partner Tripp Jones, who now joins Sun Basket’s board of directors.

Joining August Capital in its series D investment round were Sapphire Ventures, Accolade Partners, Founders Circle, Rembrandt Venture Partners, Vulcan Capital, Relevance Capital, Unilever Ventures, and Correlation Ventures…

 

Sun Basket Raises $57.8 Million in New Funding Led by August Capital

ADVFN

“We’re thrilled to partner with Sun Basket in its next phase as the company continues to scale rapidly and build out its healthy personal choice platform, which has the power to disrupt the $650 billion grocery market by providing consumers a healthier, easier, and more personal way to cook and eat delicious food.”

The round also included Sapphire Ventures, Accolade Partners, Founders Circle, Rembrandt Venture Partners, Vulcan Capital, Relevance Capital, Unilever Ventures, and Correlation Ventures…

 

Off Grid Electric secures largest venture equity investment into Africa

Asoko Insight

Off Grid Electric currently provides power to more than 150,000 homes and businesses across Tanzania, Rwanda, Côte d’Ivoire, and Ghana.

“We are excited to work closely with Helios and GE Ventures to accelerate our next stage of growth. They join a roster of strategic and capital partners that is already the strongest in the industry, including Tesla, Total, EDF, DBL Partners, Zouk Capital, Vulcan Capital, and Omidyar Network,” said Bill Lenihan, President, Off Grid Electric…

 

Smart City Challenge

From the Editor: Columbus is no surprise in Amazon sweepstakes

Business First

I expect economic development officials will be touting our appearance on the final 20 list for quite some time. Columbus’ inclusion is the imprimatur of a highly respected company that sorted through nearly 250 proposals from cities around the country before narrowing the field.

While not as transformative as the city’s victory in the federal government’s Smart City challenge, it nonetheless is another sign that Columbus has earned the respect of public and private officials nationwide…

 

Portland Trail Blazers

The GiveMeSport 2018 NBA All-Star Mock Draft

Give Me Sports

After a two-year hiatus, there aren’t many better players when it comes to true shot-making, and Lillard is as fun and motivated as they come.

Desperate to get out of Portland for a few days after his meeting with owner Paul Allen about the future of the franchise, Lillard can also use his time in L.A. to network with fellow hip-hop artists…

 

Breakaway: How Damian Lillard Put His Stamp on the Blazers

Sports Illustrated

That’s all true, but Lillard is conveniently leaving out the influence of one crucial party in all this: The tone-setter. Every team, for better or worse, has a player responsible for establishing standards. LeBron is one of them. So are Steph and Russ. Lillard is in that same group.

We’re seeing evidence of that fact unfurl in real time: As Chris Haynes reported for ESPN.com, Lillard sought out a one-on-one meeting with Blazers owner Paul Allen to discuss the direction of the franchise. Allen agreed. And so the team’s owner came to the franchise point guard, in part, to explain himself…

 

No Love lost in NBA’s season of strife

Star

Portland’s Damian Lillard requests a private meeting with team owner Paul Allen to check on the direction the franchise wants to take; Dallas coach Rick Carlisle publicly blasts the Mavs’ Salah Mejri, after Mejri was ejected from a game.

Lillard blasts back at Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook after Westbrook criticized Lillard’s all-star team politicking…

 

3-on-3 Blazers: Dissecting the Lillard-Allen meeting

KGW8 News

The Portland Trail Blazers are coming off arguably their best win of the season, a 123-114 win against the Minnesota Timberwolves that marked their seventh win in a row at home.

With the team playing as well as it has all season and rumors swirling around Portland with the trade deadline just two weeks away, it’s time to check in on the Blazers with another edition of 3-on-3, a weekly KGW feature…

 

How did the Blazers arrive at mediocrity and where do they go from here?

Hoops Hype

According to Haynes, Lillard, the franchise’s star dating back to when he was drafted in 2012, had requested a meeting with team owner Paul Allen.

He didn’t request a trade, as Allen feared he might, but Lillard did want to clear something up with the head of the organization…

 

Thoughts on Kidd, Thompson and All-Star snubs

TSN

He meets with the owner, Paul Allen and has lots of folks with their noses out of joint. Right, wrong or indifferent, this kind of meeting occurs occasionally when you have a star player asking questions. They are the front-line talent and want/need to be heard at times.

Otherwise, they find a team that will respect their opinions. Obviously, guys only get that sit down when they’re high-end producers and Lillard is one…

 

How Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum make imperfect pairing work for Trail Blazers

Sporting News

But that mediocrity eventually led their All-Star to meet with team owner Paul Allen, according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes, to talk about the direction of the team. The conversation was generally positive in nature and described as an “a productive, open forum to share opinions and express concern,” according to Haynes’ report.

It’s hard to say exactly what breaking point — if any — Lillard reached to set this meeting up, but if the team’s star was setting up a chat with the ultimate decision-maker to discuss direction, criticism had to come up at some point…

 

NBA Week 14 conclusions: Kawhi Leonard isn’t leaving the Spurs

USA Today

No matter how many times you stare at those highlights of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum slicing up opposing backcourts, it doesn’t change the fact that there isn’t much there in terms of would-be title contention beyond their two stars – especially with Jusuf Nurkic having such an inconsistent season. And with Portland coming off two consecutive seasons in which they hovered around .500, it should come as no surprise that the Blazers – currently 26-22 and on pace for 44 wins – are getting restless.

But while Lillard’s recent meeting with owner Paul Allen to discuss the organization’s plan sparked speculation about a trade involving him or McCollum before the Feb. 8 deadline, the Blazers’ message to inquiring teams remains the same: Both players are still considered untouchable…

January 25, 2018

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Google Lunar X Prize Runs Out Of Fuel, Ending $30 Million Moonshot Contest

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These various ventures helped fuel a privately funded space race led by four tech billionaires. They are Tesla ( TSLA ) CEO Elon Musk, who is also the founder of SpaceX; Amazon ( AMZN ) CEO Jeff Bezos, founder of Blue Origin; Microsoft ( MSFT ) co-founder Paul Allen has Stratolaunch Systems, while Branson has Virgin Galactic.

“Even though we are disappointed that we do not have a winner at this time, we are proud of the impact that the Google Lunar X Prize has achieved to date,” the X Prize statement said…

 

The whopping $30 million Google Lunar X Prize goes unclaimed, confirms Google

International Business Times

According to a statement issued by Google, it has been learned that difficulties in fundraising, technical and regulatory challenges have negatively impacted the teams to conduct the launch before the deadline.

The Lunar X Prize competition was launched in 2007, and it was a follow up to the first X Prize competition, for the first privately-financed spacecraft to make it to space. The Spaceship one vehicle designed by Burt Rutan and financed by Paul G Allen won that competition…

 

The Google Lunar X prize’s race to the moon is over. Nobody won

Business Standard

The organizers at the X Prize Foundation conceded that none of the five remaining entrants have a chance of getting off the ground by the deadline at the end of March. The competition, financed by Google and announced with much fanfare in 2007, was a follow-on to the first X Prize competition.

For the first privately-financed spacecraft to make it to space. That was won by the SpaceShipOne vehicle designed by Burt Rutan and financed by billionaire Paul G Allen…

 

PCs made everyone more productive at home, school, and at work — and artificial intelligence could change the world just as much

Long Room

This post is part of Business Insider’s ongoing series on Better Capitalism. We’re already seeing the impact of AI, argues Microsoft’s Harry Shum. To make it truly benefit everyone, it needs to be developed responsibly.

When Bill Gates and Paul Allen founded Microsoft more than 40 years ago, their aim was to bring the benefits of computing — then largely locked up in mainframes — to everyone…

 

Vulcan Inc.

Taking Extreme Steps to Help Corals Survive

Cutting Edge

Ruth Gates snorkels by bleached (left) and healthy (right) corals near Oahu, Hawaii. In her research, she selectively breeds resilient corals.Vulcan Inc.

In 2014 and 2015, unusually warm water hit Hawaii. Under stress, many corals rejected their symbiotic algae. They then blanched from a healthy brown to white. Some died…

 

Vulcan Capital

Off Grid Electric to expand into Ghana with $55mn Series D funding

Business Chief

“They join a roster of strategic and capital partners that is already the strongest in the industry, including Tesla, Total, EDF, DBL Partners, Zouk Capital, Vulcan Capital, and Omidyar Network.”

“As the largest private equity firm exclusively focused on Africa, energy access is a priority theme for Helios,” stated Tope Lawani, Co-founder and Managing Partner of Helios Partners…

 

20 mighty European mobile and e-commerce start-ups

Silicon Republic

The technology, developed by Mark Cummins and Charles Bibby, gives retailers a chance to shine online in a world increasingly dominated by online giants such as Amazon.

Dublin-based start-up Pointy last year raised $6m in a Series A funding round led by Frontline Ventures and also including Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s Vulcan Capital…

 

Call for Top Innovators to present to leading Investors (details below)

EIN Press Wire

Come meet, interact and network with more than 500 VCs, Corporate VCs, angel investors, investment bankers and CEOs of early stage and emerging growth companies at the prestigious Venture Summit | West being held on March 13th – 14th, 2018 at the Santa Clara Conference Center, Sana Clara, CA.

Whether you’re a startup seeking capital and exposure, or an investor seeking new deals, Venture Summit | West presented by youngStartup Ventures – is one event you won’t want to miss…

 

Allen Distinguished Educators

#MemoriesInDNA Project wants to store your photos in DNA for the benefit of science – and future generations

My Science

“It’s your turn to show us what should be preserved in DNA forever,” said Luis Ceze , professor in the UW’s Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering. “We want people to go out and take a picture of something that they want the world to remember – it’s a fun opportunity to send a message to future generations and help our research in the process.”

DNA data storage has emerged as a potential solution to bridge the growing gap between the amount of digital data generated today – by everything from commercial video to space imagery to medical records – and our ability to affordably and efficiently store that data…

 

EMP Museum

Time Keeps On Slippin’

Vintage Guitar

Whether for its visual impact or because the instrument was so well-made, played well, and sounded good, Ron LaPread briefly used one with the Commodores and was pictured with it in a late-’76 brochure and that year’s catalog. Perhaps contributing to its collectibility today, Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic played one; his is now part of the Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses exhibition at the Museum of Pop Culture (formerly known as the Experience Music Project) in Seattle.

Speaking of collectibility, those who seek an original know the challenge in finding a one with the delicate headstock that has survived intact or without needing repair. A fragile design element, even one tip-over posed great peril…

 

Seattle Seahawks

Washington Redskins Dan Snyder makes Forbes richest owners list

Riggos Rag

Nevertheless, Snyder’s lackluster performance won’t be met with an evaluation from oversight. Snyder is the oversight. The only way a change in leadership will occur is if Snyder steps down, and he doesn’t appear willing to do so. For the foreseeable future, winning with Snyder is the ultimate goal. And it could be even harder than it sounds.

$2.6 billion may sound like a lot of money, but in fact, over half of the NFL’s owners are more wealthy than Snyder. Owners that came ahead of Snyder include 0-16 Browns owner Jimmy Haslam (No. 25),. The wealthiest NFL owner, Seahawks Paul Allen, came in at No. 2 with $20.6 billion to his name…

 

Portland Trail Blazers

NBA trade rumors: Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard wants out? Cavaliers dumping Kevin Love?

NJ.com

As if Leonard’s reported unhappiness wasn’t enough, later on Monday reports came out that Blazers All-Star Damian Lillard met with Portland owner Paul Allen to discuss the organization’s direction going forward.

The Blazers are 25-22 and in the Western Conference playoff race, though they aren’t considered true contenders and their cap situation isn’t in great shape…

 

Lillard, team owner Allen meet to discuss Trail Blazers’ future

Xinhua Net

According to ESPN, the talk took place last Thursday before the Blazers’ home game against the Indiana Pacers. Most of the discussion centered on Lillard sharing with Allen his desire to stay with the Blazers and also the goal of building a championship-contending team around the star.

Lillard has lifted the team to the postseason many times since he moved to Portland. The team is now 25-22 and seventh in the Western Conference. The Blazers have not won more than three games in a row at any point this season and have not lost more than five in a row at any point either…

 

1-24 The Road to Larry O’ Podcast breaks down the current NBA soap opera and debates whether the NBA All-Star Draft should be televised or not

Audio Boom

Adam Copeland and Medium Impact Brian Banifatemi break down the entire NBA soap opera including the Cavaliers emotional team meeting and the future of their franchise, Damian Lillard meeting with Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen, Wizards holding a team meeting like the Cavs.

Jason Kidd’s surprise firing, Kemba Walker trade rumors and Kawhi Leonard’s future with the Spurs. The guys also break down the 2018 NBA All-Star game selections and snubs and debate whether or not the All-Star Game Draft should be televised or not…

 

NBA power rankings: Off-court intrigue surrounds Blazers

KGW8 News

A DeAndre Jordan trade rumor and a report about a meeting between Damian Lillard and team owner Paul Allen have Blazers fans abuzz this week.

The results on the court for the Portland Trail Blazers this week have taken a backseat to reports and rumors about what’s happening off the hardwood…

 

Blazers President and CEO Chris McGowan with D&A

Rip City Radio

Portland Trailblazers President Chris McGowan called into Dwight & Aaron’s first show, to discuss Damian Lillard going to the NBA All-Star Game and the news about Lillard wanting to have a meeting with team owner Paul Allen…

 

Terry Stotts not surprised Dame met w/ Paul Allen

Rip City Radio

This is not a big issue for Stotts, specifically because Damian Lillard was referenced in the ESPN article as having full support for his head coach in the meeting with Paul Allen. The bigger question is what Allen thinks about the overall direction of his franchise?

This question that goes unanswered as Allen grants interviews with media outlets even less often than he grants an audience with his star point guard…

 

NBA Power Rankings: Rockets back up to second, Cavaliers keep sliding

NBC Sports

Damian Lillard got back into the All-Star Game this year and it’s well deserved. He also sat down with owner Paul Allen and wanted to talk the future of the franchise — he wants to win more and contends, but the Blazers have a lot of big contracts and kind of are what they are right now.

Allen and GM Neil Olshey want to be active at the trade deadline, but there may not be a deal out there that works for them in a tight market…

 

January 24, 2018

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Paul G Allen

Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates live less than 1 mile from each other – here’s where the rest of Seattle’s billionaires live

Business Insider

The tech titans live less than one mile from each other in Medina, Washington, a secretive and exclusive suburb located just across Lake Washington from Seattle where the median home value is over $2.7 million.

Gates isn’t the only Microsoft executive to call the Seattle area home – though his $125 million state-of-the-art tech compound may take the cake. Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, and Charles Simonyi, the creator of Microsoft Word and Excel – and noted space tourist – all own multi-million dollar properties within a stone’s throw of Seattle…

 

Google Lunar X Prize Comes To An End, As Team Indus’ Dream Of Going To The Moon Suffers Blow

India Times

Having spent the better part of the last 10 years to encourage private aerospace companies to land on the moon, the Google Lunar X Prize competition came to a quiet end yesterday. Its prize of US $20 million going unrewarded, as the talent it discovered realized just how difficult it is to land something on the moon.

The organizers at the X Prize Foundation conceded that none of the five remaining entrants — including India’s Team Indus — have a chance of getting off the ground by the deadline at the end of March. Although they were disappointed to not have a winner, the organizers maintained that the competition was a success…

 

Google Lunar XPrize ends, because getting to the moon is hard

Morning Star

The competition kicked off in 2007 with hopes of lowering the costs of space missions. The first XPrize, for the first privately-financed spacecraft, was awarded to Paul Allen and Burt Rutan’s SpaceShipOne in 2004.

To claim the Lunar XPrize, teams had to send an unmanned spacecraft to land on the moon, travel at least 500 meters on the moon’s surface and broadcast video back to Earth…

 

The Google Lunar X Prize’s Race to the Moon Is Over. Nobody Won.

New York Times

The Google Lunar X Prize competition, which has spent the past decade dangling a $20 million prize for the first privately financed venture to make it to the moon, came to a quiet end on Tuesday. Not with the ka-boom of a rocket launch or a winner beaming photos back from the lunar surface, but with a tweet and a statement.

The organizers at the X Prize Foundation conceded that none of the five remaining entrants have a chance of getting off the ground by the deadline at the end of March…

 

Google Lunar XPrize competition to end without a winner

Washington Post

The Google Lunar XPrize, an ambitious $30 million competition to send a robot to the surface of the moon, will end without any of the teams able to meet the March 31 deadline, organizers said in a statement Tuesday.

After consulting with the five teams left in the competition, “we have concluded that no team will make a launch attempt to reach the moon by the March 31st, 2018 deadline,” founder Peter Diamandis and chief executive Marcus Shingles wrote in the statement. “This literal ‘moonshot’ is hard, and while we did expect a winner by now, due to the difficulties of fundraising, technical and regulatory challenges, the grand prize of the $30 [million] Google Lunar XPrize will go unclaimed.”…

 

Four Jobs Every Entrepreneur Should Work Before Building a Business

Home Business Magazine

Many entrepreneurs people read about today have everything. Mark Zuckerberg, Oprah Winfrey, Mark Cuban, Bill Gates, and Sara Blakely seem to have effortlessly climbed to the heights of business. Bill Gates and Paul Allen dropped out of Harvard and scored big with Microsoft.

Mark Cuban sold his startup to Yahoo for a billion dollars. Steve Jobs came out of nowhere with Apple in the 1980’s. And where would we be without Mark Zuckerberg’s creating Facebook?…

 

Vulcan Inc.

Taking Extreme Steps to Help Corals Survive

Cutting Edge

Ruth Gates snorkels by bleached (left) and healthy (right) corals near Oahu, Hawaii. In her research, she selectively breeds resilient corals.
Vulcan Inc.

In 2014 and 2015, unusually warm water hit Hawaii. Under stress, many corals rejected their symbiotic algae. They then blanched from a healthy brown to white. Some died…

 

Vulcan Aerospace

China’s new drone company is building a UAV with a 20-ton payload

Popular Science

In the cargo and delivery space, Tengoen is already at work building an eight-engine drone with a wingspan of more than 137 feet to carry a payload of 20 tons payload up to 4,660 miles. That’s akin to a medium-sized manned cargo plane.

The carbon-fiber, double-bodied drone carries the payload module between the two fuselages (looking a bit like a robotic baby brother to the Scaled Composites Stratolaunch). It is being built at Tengoen’s facility in Chengdu, and its supposedly taking flight in 2020…

 

Vulcan Capital

Off Grid Electric to expand into Ghana with $55mn Series D funding

Business Chief

The firm, along with UK-based EDF, are to expand their partnership in West Africa by offering off-grid solar solutions in Ghana. Off Grid Electric has secured US$55mn in Series D funding, led by Helious Investment Partners and with support from GE Ventures, in order to make this happen. The funding comes as the largest venture equity investment into Africa from the investment firm, which is acting on behalf of the funds it advises.

“2017 was a memorable year for Off Grid Electric. We achieved operating profitability in our largest market, launched a transformative new phase of product and technology development, and established clear market leadership in four African markets,” commented Xavier Helgesen, Co-Founder and CEO of Off Grid Electric…

 

EDF, GE fuel Off Grid Electric’s Ghana push with US$55 million Series D financing

Energy Storage News

Africa’s largest private equity firm has led a round of financing for Off Grid Electric to fuel the microgrid provider’s expansion in the continent, with investors including an arm of General Electric (GE).

Off Grid Electric announced on Friday that GE Ventures, venture capital subsidiary to GE, is among those to have contributed to a Series D funding round that has raised US$55 million. The financing round was led by Helios Investment Partners, which is focused exclusively on investments in Africa and was founded by two Africans, Tope Lawani and Babatunde Soyoye, in 2004. Off-Grid Electric said Helios is acting on “behalf of the funds it advises”…

 

Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence

Allen Institute wants to help engineers launch AI startups

Venture Beat

The Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2), a research center and startup incubator created by Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen, announced a new residency program that aims to give top engineers the intensive training needed to become technical cofounders of AI startups.

Here’s how it works: The organization will recruit a handful of top engineers for the program and provide them with a modest salary while preparing them to become the technical cofounder of a startup that uses artificial intelligence as a key part of its product. At the end of that process, which is expected to last 12 to 18 months, they’ll be paired with an entrepreneur and given cofounder equity in a new venture that they begin…

 

Allen Institute for AI sets up CTO residency program to link engineers with mentors

Geek Wire

Is technical expertise the key to success in the fast-moving world of artificial intelligence market? Or is it entrepreneurship? Top-notch engineers with a yen to build a startup can get the best of both worlds through a newly created CTO residency program at Seattle’s Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, or AI2.

“Google has DeepMind, Facebook has FAIR, Microsoft has Microsoft Research AI,” Jacob Colker, managing director of the AI2 Incubator, told GeekWire. “But AI2 is one of the few places where entrepreneurs and early-stage startups can access the same kind of talent that’s available to the big guys.”…

 

Allen Distinguished Educators

Technology will only contribute to the production of “fake news”

Daily UW

Despite what media coverage may suggest, the appearance of the term “fake news” did not coincide with President Donald Trump’s rise to power. Although the term has recently been made famous by President Trump, the phrase “fake news” dates back to news headlines from the late 19th century, according to Merriam-Webster.

Since its original debut, “fake news” has been molded into a politically charged concept. This evolution has in part been caused by advancements in technology. Spreading a “fake news” article can be done fast using the internet, and manipulation of existing material is much easier when Photoshop can be used to edit a picture…

 

Smart City Challenge

Smart City Technology Helping Low Income Residents, Too

Navigate Research

Particularly in the developing world, there are valid concerns that smart cities could exacerbate the digital divide and primarily benefit wealthier residents.

However, a number of emerging companies and initiatives demonstrate that smart city technology can also be utilized for digital inclusion, citizen empowerment, and to increase low income residents’ access to essential city services such as transportation and healthcare…

 

EMP Museum

The Hills take over the Delta Blues in MS Grammy Night

Bolivar Commercial

Thomas is the lead vocalist and plays the fife in the Rising Star Fife and Drum Band. She released her debut album in 2010 titled “What Do I Do” and released her sophomore album in 2013 titled “Shawty Blues.” She has worked with Eric Clapton, Bobby Rush, Cyndi Lauper, and Mavis Staples.

After the performances, The Como Mamas returned for a final performance with the rest of the artists before the executive director of the Grammy Museum and former CEO/artistic director of the Experience Music Project Bob Santelli sat down with Boyce, Dickinson, and Thomas for an interview to discuss the music and their history…

 

Seattle Seahawks

Seahawks And Delta Air Lines Partner On Continued Sustainability Efforts

Seahawks

As part of the Seattle Seahawks’ ongoing sustainability efforts, Delta Air Lines, the Official Airline of the Seahawks, has offset carbon emissions from the miles the Seahawks traveled during the 2017 season by purchasing 1,080 carbon credits from Cedar Grove Composting.

The Seahawks traveled approximately 25,688 miles for road games during the 2017 regular season on Delta charter flights, which ranks sixth in the NFL. Delta’s carbon offset program, which launched in 2007, was the first offered by a U.S. carrier to allow travelers to offset travel emissions by investing in environmentally-friendly projects around the world…

 

Portland Trail Blazers

NBA trade rumors: Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard wants out? Cavaliers dumping Kevin Love?

NJ.com

As if Leonard’s reported unhappiness wasn’t enough, later on Monday reports came out that Blazers All-Star Damian Lillard met with Portland owner Paul Allen to discuss the organization’s direction going forward.

The Blazers are 25-22 and in the Western Conference playoff race, though they aren’t considered true contenders and their cap situation isn’t in great shape. Per ESPN, Lillard met with Allen for one hour…

 

Lillard, team owner Allen meet to discuss Trail Blazers’ future

Nampa

The Portland Trail Blazers’ star guard Damian Lillard met with team owner Paul Allen recently to discuss the direction of the team, local media reported on Tuesday.

According to ESPN, the talk took place last Thursday before the Blazers’ home game against the Indiana Pacers. Most of the discussion centered on Lillard sharing with Allen his desire to stay with the Blazers and also the goal of building a championship-contending team around the star…

 

NBA Rumors: Kawhi Leonard To Trail Blazers For C.J. McCollum & 1st-Round Picks In A Proposed Trade Deal

Inquisitr

Ty Delbridge of Hoops Habit suggested a trade that will grant Leonard’s request and at the same time, giving the Spurs a new superstar to play alongside LaMarcus Aldridge.

In the proposed deal, the Spurs will be sending Kawhi Leonard and Brandon Paul to the Portland Trail Blazers for C.J. McCollum, a 2018 first-round pick, and a 2020 first-round pick. The deal works on the ESPN‘s NBA Trade Machine…

 

NBA notebook: Westbrook leads All-Star reserves

Mail Online

The first-ever All-Star draft will take place Thursday, with captains Curry and James picking the teams.

Lillard met with Blazers team owner Paul Allen last week to gain assurances that the club was committed to crafting a title contender, according to an ESPN report…

 

Damian Lillard meets with Trail Blazers owner to discuss future

Givemesport

Damian Lillard was named an All-Star for a third time Tuesday, and he’s gaining a tremendous amount of respect within the Portland Trail Blazers organization as the franchise player.

The electric point guard met with team owner Paul Allen last Thursday to gain an understanding of the organization’s direction moving forward, league sources told ESPN…

 

Damian Lillard says meeting with Portland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen ‘blown way out of proportion’

Oregon Live

Damian Lillard met with owner Paul Allen last week before a game at the Moda Center, a reality that emerged Tuesday and prompted a surplus of NBA conspiracy theories to fill up televisions, internet chat rooms and talk radio.

Is Lillard unhappy? Does he want out of Portland? Is he poised to follow in the footsteps of former teammate LaMarcus Aldridge and chase a championship in another city?…

 

Lillard: Meeting with Blazers’ owner was ‘opening up the line of communication’

Score

All Damian Lillard wants to do is contend for an NBA championship, so to ensure he and the Portland Trail Blazers organization have the same goals in mind, the star point guard went straight to the top.

Lillard met privately with Paul Allen on Jan. 18 in the owner’s office at the Moda Center, with the gist of their conversation being about how the Blazers can vault themselves into title contention…

 

Canzano: Will Trail Blazers answer Damian Lillard’s cry for help?

Oregon Live

I like that Damian Lillard and Paul Allen are talking about what’s wrong with Trail Blazers, Inc. Everyone else is. I like that the two men met in a private meeting recently. Also, I like that the goal of the meeting was to improve the trajectory of the franchise.But let’s call it what it is: A cry for help from Lillard. Will the Blazers answer it?

Pretty clear that Camp Lillard drove the bus on this one. Not only with landing the private meeting, but the messaging on how the news went public. Lillard was a lone spokesman, per the report. He met with Allen without the knowledge of his coach or general manager, per the report. He didn’t make a trade demand, even though Allen may have feared it, again, per the report…

 

Report: Lillard, Blazers owner talk future of team

ABS-CNB Sports

ESPN’s Chris Haynes reports that star guard Damian Lillard — who is in the midst of perhaps another All-Star season (25.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 6.6 apg) — met with team owner Paul Allen to discuss the direction of the team. The talk, Haynes reports, took place last Thursday (last Friday, PHL time) before the Blazers’ home game against the Indiana Pacers that was the first home game Allen had attended in 2018.

Most of the discussion centered on Lillard sharing with Allen his desire to stay with the Blazers and also for the team to put a championship-contending team around him…

 

Damian Lillard weighs in on meeting with Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen

NBC Sports

Nearly three weeks ago, Trail Blazers captain Damian Lillard was asked whether he had much communication with owner Paul Allen about the direction of the team, and specifically about the coaching staff and personnel.

“Me and Paul speak, but it has never been anything like that,’’ Lillard said on Jan. 5. Last week, that changed. Lillard on Tuesday confirmed an ESPN report that he met with Allen on Jan. 18 to discuss the future of the franchise…

 

The Outlet Pass: 100 Games in, Steph Curry and Kevin Durant are a Supernova

Vice Sports

The Trail Blazers are nearly $3 million over the tax, with a redundant roster that’s dangerously close to missing the playoffs. Damian Lillard just had a secret meeting with the team’s owner, Paul Allen, and it’s not unrealistic to think either Terry Stotts or Neil Olshey won’t have their job in April.

Standing pat at the trade deadline isn’t an option…

 

NBA is in chaos as blockbuster trades, coaching changes appear to be on horizon

New York Daily News

In Portland, Damian Lillard wanted to get something off his chest but he elected to share those thoughts directly with the boss. ESPN reported that the Blazers point guard met with owner Paul Allen to discuss the direction of the franchise.

Hopefully, Allen said something simple like “we’re trying to win a championship but right now we’re not as good as the Golden State Warriors” because that would be accurate…

 

Breaking down the deluge of NBA drama from the past 24 hours

Score

When Damian Lillard isn’t kvetching over being underappreciated, he’s reportedly going right to the top of the chain of command to meet with Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen.

The reason for last week’s sit-down – Lillard apparently only wanted Allen’s assurance that the team was devoted to putting a championship roster together – seems innocuous enough, but it’s a statement that doesn’t need to be made if he’s satisfied with the team’s direction. That might be why Allen was said to be concerned Lillard was meeting to request a trade…

 

Damian Lillard and the Blazers just can’t come to grips with a Warriors reality

Yahoo

Damian Lillard doesn’t want off the Portland Trail Blazers. He just wants to know where they’re going. The two-time All-Star point guard met with Blazers owner Paul Allen before last week’s win over the Indiana Pacers to ensure they were aligned on the team’s title aspirations, per ESPN’S Chris Haynes.

It should not be news to either of them that the other would like to win a championship. The reality both men now must face: They’re just not good enough, and they may not be under Lillard’s tenure…

 

The NBA’s Rumor Season Is Already Out of Control

Sports Illustrated

The last time I read a story about Paul Allen, his mega-yacht had destroyed 80% of a 14,000 square-foot coral reef in the Cayman Islands. Before that, there was the time his helicopter had to make L as Allen was on his way to explore Antarctica.

Per ESPN’s Chris Haynes, Allen attended his first Blazers game of the year last Thursday, at which point he and Lillard spent an hour talking about the direction of the Blazers, mistakes made with Will Barton, and the options for both player and owner going forward. So, there you go. The more you know…

 

While the rest of the NBA falls apart, the Warriors are so far ahead that they’re finding new ways to keep themselves busy

Business Insider

Damian Lillard had a meeting with Portland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen to ensure the team is focused on winning.

The NBA has had several on-court altercations in the past two weeks, highlighted by the Houston Rockets confronting the Los Angeles Clippers in the Clippers’ locker room…

 

Ben Anderson: Jazz appear steady despite upcoming roster shakeup

KSL

The suddenly miserable Cleveland Cavaliers may be turning Kevin Love into a scapegoat. USA Today is reporting that Love’s teammates privately questioned a reported illness that forced him to leave Saturday’s 148-124 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Late Monday night, ESPN reported that former Weber State standout and Portland Trail Blazers’ star Damian Lillard met with team owner Paul Allen to discuss the direction of the franchise…

 

Lillard meets with Blazers owner over franchise direction

Yard Breaker

Last week, Portland’s star would reportedly meet with team owner Paul Allen to discuss the team’s direction. In short—Lillard wants championship assurances. But Allen had other fears.

“In the weeks leading up to the meeting, Allen feared Lillard would request a trade, sources said, but a trade request was not made. The two-time All-Star made it clear, though, that he has championship aspirations and wanted to fulfill those lofty goals during the remaining years of his prime window.”…

 

Damian Lillard held private meeting with Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen, per ESPN report

Oregon Live

Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard met privately with team owner Paul Allen last week to “gather an understanding of the organization’s direction,” according to a report from ESPN’s Chris Haynes.

Lillard and Allen met for an hour prior to the Blazers’ home game against the Indiana Pacers last week, according to the report. The meeting was reportedly held without the knowledge of President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey…

 

Report: Trail Blazers owner feared Damian Lillard would request trade in meeting

CBS Sports

Damian Lillard and the Trail Blazers haven’t had a bad season, but they also haven’t had a great one. Portland was hoping to build off the success it had after acquiring Jusuf Nurkic last season. However, the Blazers have been hovering around .500 this season.

With the team capped out, and trade rumors everywhere as the deadline approaches on Feb. 8, Lillard met with Blazers owner Paul Allen. Not to request a trade, but to reportedly assure him of his desire to stay and win in Portland. However, he also wanted to be sure of the direction Portland was heading in…

 

Report: Blazers’ Lillard met privately with owner Paul Allen to discuss future

Sporting News

Blazers star Damian Lillard met in secret with owner Paul Allen to talk about the future of the franchise and where the team is headed, according to a report from ESPN.

Lillard requested the meeting, which lasted about an hour, to “reaffirm his commitment” to the organisation, but he also wanted to ensure he and the franchise were aligned with the same goals of winning a championship while he’s still in his prime…

 

Report: Damian Lillard Met With Blazers Owner on Team Direction

Slam Online

Damian Lillard and Portland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen reportedly met one-on-one last week to discuss the direction the organization is headed in.

Lillard, desperate to bring a title to Rip City, wanted assurances from the man who signs the checks that the Blazers are just as committed…

 

Report: Lillard, Blazers owner meet over team’s future

Mail Online

Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard met with team owner Paul Allen last week to gain assurances that the club was committed to crafting a title contender, according to an ESPN report.

The roughly one-hour meeting reportedly took place in Allen’s office at Moda Center before the Blazers played host to the Indiana Pacers last Thursday. Lillard requested the meeting, and it was held unbeknownst to anyone else in the organization. Allen later informed the team’s basketball operations and business branch after the discussion took place…

 

NBA Power Rankings: Cavs Plummet as Rumors Swirl

Sports Illustrated

Damian Lillard’s meeting with Paul Allen doesn’t seem all doom and gloom. Dame didn’t ask for a trade, and star players should be putting pressure on management to build winning teams. Can the Blazers catch up to the West’s best? Not the way the roster is put together right now.

Portland desperately needs to get rid of some of its bad contracts, which could mean sending away someone like C.J. McCollum. Dame won’t be patient forever…

 

REPORT: Damian Lillard Met With Blazers Owner Regarding Team’s Future

12up

The 2017-18 season has been a crazy one, and now there’s drama involving another NBA star: Damian Lillard. While he’s still finding personal success with Portland, Damian Lillard hasn’t been in position to make the  All-Star team yet.

That might get pushed off to the side, as the Trail Blazers have bigger issues to worry about now. Although the details of the meeting haven’t been released yet, it appears Damian Lillard isn’t thrilled with his current franchise right now…

 

Report: Lillard had secret meeting with Blazers owner

Yard Breaker

The Portland Trail Blazers have a high payroll, but they’re not a legitimate championship contender. Superstar guard Damian Lillard wants to ensure the franchise actually has a plan to fix that moving forward.

ESPN’s Chris Haynes notes Lillard and team owner Paul Allen had an approximately one-hour meeting and did not alert other team personnel prior to the conversation…

 

Report: Damian Lillard meets with Trail Blazers owner, but doesn’t request trade as Paul Allen feared

NBC Sports

Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen was reportedly investigating whether his team’s problem was roster or coaching. In other words, it sounded as if he were determining whether he should fire general manager Neil Olshey or coach Terry Stotts amid a disappointing season.

Portland has the NBA’s fifth-largest payroll and is on track to pay the luxury tax, but the team is just 25-22 and seventh in the Western Conference. In these turbulent times, Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard – who has strongly supported Stotts publicly – wanted to address Allen directly…

 

Blazers’ Damian Lillard met privately with owner Paul Allen to discuss future

Sporting News

Blazers star Damian Lillard met in secret with owner Paul Allen to talk about the future of the franchise and where the team is headed, according to a report from ESPN.

Lillard requested the meeting, which lasted about an hour, to “reaffirm his commitment” to the organization, but he also wanted to ensure he and the franchise were aligned with the same goals of winning a championship while he’s still in his prime…

 

Report: Damian Lillard Met with Blazers Owner Over Team Direction

Sports Illustrated

Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard met with owner Paul Allen to gauge what the team’s future is, ESPN.com’s Chris Haynes reports.

According to the report, Lillard and Allen had a meeting last Thursday before the team’s home game against the Indiana Pacers and it was Lillard who wanted to meet to get assurances that the franchise is headed toward fielding a championship-caliber team…