January 31, 2018

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  • Paul G Allen
  • Vulcan Inc.
  • Vulcan Capital
  • Allen Institute for Brain Science
  • Smart City Challenge
  • Portland Trail Blazers


Paul G Allen

Meet the Nautilus, Germany’s little Houseboat that could

Inside Hook

As I write this, a network of robots is being launched under Antarctic ice shelves to study the imminent impact of rising sea levels on coastal cities. The research is part of new nearly $2M partnership project between the University of Washington’s College of the Environment, the UW Applied Physics Laboratory and Paul G. Allen Philanthropies.

We’re grateful for those putting in the work to reconcile humanity with climate change, from scientists and politicians to motivated movers and shakers. We know our limits though, and know our best way of helping will be to stay out of the way…


University classrooms not enough for real-life experience, says startup founder Yeo

International Business Times

If we look into the history of famous people, who dropped out of universities for a great cause, the huge list will include personalities like Bill Gates, who left Harvard University to focus on Microsoft, including co-founder Paul Allen, who ditched Washington State University to join Gates.

The co-founder of tech giant Apple, Steve Jobs is also known as a successful millionaire who did not finish his college…


US Navy to Survey Downed Aircraft in the Philippine Sea

Marine Technology

The U.S. Navy said it has contracted a research vessel owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen to survey the location of a downed C-2A Greyhound plane before attempts are made to recover the aircraft from 18,500 feet below the surface in the Philippine Sea.

The C-2A Greyhound was transporting 11 crew and passengers when it crashed into the ocean on November 22, 2017, killing three…


Vulcan Inc.

Columbus building technological ‘heartbeat’ of future smart cities

Columbus Dispatch

Columbus beat out 77 other U.S. cities in 2016 to win the Smart Cities grant. It includes $40 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation to create a smart-transportation system in which vehicles and roads communicate to make travel easier and safer. It also came with $10 million from Vulcan Inc. with a goal of reducing greenhouse emissions and auto commutes.

Smart Columbus wouldn’t estimate the cost of the information system.The data isn’t limited to transportation. Eventually, it will include data for and from medical services, food pantries and private businesses participating in the program…


Vulcan Capital

Billion Dollar Unicorns: Will Zuora be able to Compete with Oracle?


Zuora has been venture funded so far with $242.5 million in venture funding from investors including BlackRock, Wellington Management, NextWorld Capital, Northgate Capital, Vulcan Capital, Benchmark Capital, Marc Benioff, Shasta Ventures, Lehman Brothers, Redpoint Ventures, Tenaya Capital, Index Ventures, Greylock Partners, and Dave Duffield. Last year, it had raised an undisclosed amount at an undisclosed valuation.

Prior to that, Zuora had raised $115 million in 2015 at a valuation of $740 million. Analysts estimate that it is presently valued at more than $1 billion…


Walmart in talks to buy minority stake in Flipkart: Report

Tech Circle

Softbank was also part of the buy-back programme, as its $2.5-billion investment included a secondary transaction sale of $817 million, the report added.

Likewise, Belgium-based Sofina ($28 million), GIC Singapore ($29.2 million), Vulcan Capital ($16 million) and Kalaari Capital ($4.7 million) also saw exits through this sale…


VCs palm Igneous $15m to give its Arm-powered backup boxen a leg up

The Register

Vulcan Capital and Orca Bay Capital joined existing investors Madrona Venture Group, New Enterprise Associates, and RedPoint Ventures in the round. Vulcan Capital is part of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s Vulcan Inc.

Igneous will use the cash to grow its business and get more customers buying the product. Ex-Nicira CEO Stephen Mullaney has joined Igneous’s board to help in this generally…


Igneous Raises $15 Million

Storage Newsletter

Igneous Systems, Inc., which delivers hybrid cloud backup and archive solution for unstructured data, announced that Vulcan Capital and Orca Bay Capital joined existing investors in its series B financing round of $15 million.

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…


Tiger Global’s 2.2% stake sale for $424 m boosts Flipkart’s valuation to $17-19 b

The Hindu

Divesh Makan, known as Spider of Silicon Valley by an international magazine, made about $49 million through his fund, Iconiq Capital. Makan is learnt to have made most of his money through investments in Facebook.

Some of the other funds which benefited from the share sale were Sofina SA, Belgium which mopped up $28 million; GIC Singapore with $29.2 million, Vulcan Capital with $16 million and Kalari with $4.7 million…


Allen Institute for Brain Science

Top 10 Neuroscience News Stories of 2017

Technology Networks

In October this year, the Allen Institute for Brain Science added the first data from human nerve cells to the Allen Cell Types Database: a publicly available tool for researchers to explore and understand the building blocks of the human brain.

This open-access data repository will enable scientists the world over to interpret the data. Speeding up advances in our understanding of the brain…


Subcellular Localization and Activity of TRPM4 in Medial Prefrontal Cortex Layer 2/3


In this study, we found widespread somatodendritic labeling for TRPM4 throughout all cortical layers, with an enrichment in layers 2/3 at early postnatal ages, and becoming more uniform across the layers after age P35. The TRPM4 immunolabeling we observed in the mPFC is generally consistent with the cellular pattern of TRPM4 mRNA expression in the Allen Brain Atlas (Allen Institute for Brain Science, 2017b), which shows a moderate and widespread neuronal expression in the frontal cortical area.

The subcellular pattern of TRPM4 immunolabeling in mPFC neurons presented here is similar to that shown previously (Kim et al., 2013) in cerebellar lobe IX Purkinje neurons, where TRPM4 immunolabeling was also confined to the somatodendritic region, with no apparent signals in the axon…


Smart City Challenge

Making Smart Cities

The Shillong Times

In 2015 competition for the Smart City challenge was drawn. During the middle of 2015 different states sent their own nominations for the Smart City challenge. Subsequently in the next few months the Ministry of Urban Development selected 100 of those cities to participate in the competition. These cities were selected on the basis of the parameters that the Ministry of Urban Development had drawn.

The cities that were selected as eligible were required to develop their smart city plans (SCPs) and compete against each other. Once the plans had been declared the winning cities are being announced in batches from time to time…


Brown Joins Portman, Ohio Delegation in Letter to Amazon Urging Selection of Columbus for Location of Second Headquarters

Brown Senator

In Central Ohio, you will find a qualified workforce that is essential to sustaining and growing your business. The Columbus region, in particular, boasts a diverse and superior talent pool as a result of several universities, community colleges, and technical schools located nearby. These talented and hard-working Ohioans are more than capable of providing a strong workforce for technology-based employment.

This is one of the many reasons why the U.S. Department of Transportation selected Columbus as the sole winner for America’s Smart City Challenge in 2016, cementing the City’s position as a national leader in the technology sector…


Portland Trail Blazers

Trail Blazers recall wade baldwin IV from G League

NBC Sports

“We have 15 guys on team, and I think a good 11 of the guys are like, man, I could be moved,’’ Davis said. “It’s human nature.’’

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…