January 30, 2018

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


Paul G Allen

Underwater robots to measure Antarctica climate threat


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…