February 01, 2018

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  • Paul G Allen
  • Vulcan Productions
  • Vulcan Capital
  • Great Elephant Census
  • Smart City Challenge
  • Portland Trail Blazers

 

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…