February 05, 2018

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  • Paul G Allen
  • Vulcan Inc.
  • Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence
  • Smart City Challenge
  • Seattle Seahawks


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…