January 26, 2018

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Paul G Allen

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…