February 06, 2018

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  • Paul G Allen
  • Vulcan Capital
  • Allen Institute for Brain Science
  • Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence
  • Great Elephant Census
  • Smart City Challenge
  • Seattle Seahawks
  • Portland Trail Blazers


Paul G Allen

The Case for a Business Partner Who Makes You Uncomfortable


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?


“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


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…