October 10, 2017

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  • Paul G Allen
  • Vulcan Inc.
  • Vulcan Aerospace
  • Vulcan Capital
  • Vulcan Productions
  • Great Elephant Census
  • Smart City Challenge


Paul G Allen

Microsoft Monday: Edge For iOS And Android, AltspaceVR Deal, Cortana Commands Smart Home Devices


“Microsoft Monday” is a weekly column that focuses on all things Microsoft. This week, Microsoft Monday includes details about the Edge browser coming to iOS and Android, the Android Launcher app update, Groove Music being phased out, a mixed reality Halo game, the acquisition of AltspaceVR, LinkedIn’s new recruiting tool, the Master Chief etched in the Xbox One X circuit board, confirmation that Windows 10 Mobile is no longer a focus and much more!

Last week Microsoft announced that it released the Edge browser on iOS in preview mode and an Android version is “coming soon.” But Microsoft Edge Preview for iOS has already exceeded Apple’s 10,000 TestFlight user limit…


Boris Mizhen Recognizing the Business Chops of Bill Gates

Marketers Media

Bill Gates is a major inspiration for New York-based entrepreneur Boris Mizhen, whether it is Mizhen’s real estate business, online marketing firm, or his impressive philanthropic works. As the world’s richest man with $72 billion, it is certain that much could be learned by studying the career of the famous Microsoft founder. With keen business acumen and constant dedication, Gates grew from 13-year-old software enthusiast to a leading pioneer of the 21st Century technology culture.

“He found his passion early and followed it,” describes Boris Mizhen. “This is one of the most important yet hardest parts of the 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…


Vulcan Inc.

The Weekly BLB General Counsel Column

Bloomberg BNA Big Law Business

Vulcan Inc. Top Lawyer to Combat Illegal Fishing: Microsoft Corp. co-founder Paul Allen is concerned about illegal fishing depleting fish populations and will spend $40 million to develop a system that uses satellite imagery and data-analysis software to help countries spot and catch unlicensed fishing boats.

That’s from Dina Bass of Bloomberg News. “The stakes are high and the threat is real,” Dave Stewart, general counsel of Allen’s Vulcan Inc., told Bloomberg. The company has its hand in a wide range of activities from documentary film to space exploration…


Vulcan Aerospace

Tech Billionaire Brigade in Race for Outer Space

Financial Chronicle

The search for distant worlds has spurred billionaires to put their own money into space programmes. Meanwhile, Team Indus in India is pioneering a privately-funded moon mission.

American astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist Carl Sagan said, “Since, in the long run, every planetary civilization will be endangered by impacts from space, every surviving civilization is obliged to become spacefaring – not because of exploratory or romantic zeal, but for the most practical reason imaginable: staying alive… If our long-term survival is at stake, we have a basic responsibility to our species to venture to other worlds.”…


Boldly going where few vice presidents have gone before: Pence to visit Mojave spaceport Tuesday


The Mojave Air and Spaceport will get a visit from Vice President Mike Pence Tuesday afternoon.

Pence and his wife will get a tour of some of the businesses developing commercial space flight capabilities at the east Kern County spaceport…


HyperSizer Software Helps Optimize Structure of All-Composite Aircraft

Digital Engineering

When the Stratolaunch aircraft rolled out of the Mojave, California Air and Space Port hangar this spring in preparation for ground testing, it was an example of the current status of design and manufacturing of composite materials, according to Collier Research. Last month the first phase of engine testing on the aircraft’s six Pratt & Whitney turbofan engines was completed.

The sizable aircraft (its wingspan is wider than a football field is long) is almost entirely fabricated from composite materials, which provide lightweight, high stiffness and strength characteristics used in aerospace, automotive, sports, medical and industrial fields…


Vulcan Capital

CleanFund Commercial Capital Closes $15M Series B Equity Financing


CleanFund Commercial Capital, Inc., a Sausalito, CA-based direct provider of commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (“C-PACE”) financing, closed $15M Series B in equity financing.

The round was led by entities affiliated with Vulcan Capital. In addition, Vulcan Capital has committed to provide CleanFund $100m in C-PACE capital to support the adoption of clean energy and other value-added improvements to commercial properties nationwide…


CleanFund Announces Initial Funding of $15M Series B Round Led by Vulcan Capital Affiliate

Ticker Tech

CleanFund Commercial Capital, Inc., the leading direct provider of commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (“C-PACE”) financing, announced the first closing of the company’s $15M Series B equity financing round, led by entities affiliated with Vulcan Capital. In addition, Vulcan Capital has committed to provide CleanFund $100 million in C-PACE capital to support the adoption of clean energy and other value-added improvements to commercial properties nationwide.

Vulcan Capital’s impact lending strategy invests in businesses that deliver both competitive financial returns and meaningful social and environmental impact. “For Vulcan Capital, CleanFund’s contribution to the advancement of sustainable real estate nationwide makes it the perfect combination of shared vision and investment opportunity,” said Ben Kolpa, managing director, Vulcan Capital. “It’s important to back leading companies that can deliver innovative solutions for property owners seeking to lower their operating expenses and carbon footprint.”…


Vulcan Productions

A New Season of “Nature” | On the Screen

School Library Journal

The visually rich, compelling PBS series “Nature” returns this month for its 36th season with titles that are ready-made for classroom viewing, thanks to the rare and often spectacular footage. They are also natural tie-ins to recently celebrated titles for children.

The series kicks off with Naledi: One Little Elephant (aired Oct. 4; Gr 4 Up), which comes on the heels of Katherine Roy’s acclaimed How To Be an Elephant (Roaring Brook/Macmillan, Sept. 2017; Gr 2-6). Although the film contains statistics on the status of the African elephant population, the emphasis is on bringing up baby…


Great Elephant Census

The bold, tech-fueled plan to save Africa’s big beasts

Impact Lab

Kenya’s rhinos, elephants, and zebras pull in millions of tourism dollars and supply jobs. Poachers threaten that – but an ambitious programme is combining the influence of local communities and innovative technology to keep them at bay.

Josephine Ekiru is not nostalgic for the past. Growing up in northern Kenya in an impoverished home, she was surrounded by violence and loss. People regularly killed the wildlife she loved, and they killed each other. Tribal clashes stoked by resource scarcity and decades-long vendettas were the norm…


Global movement against the ivory trade gains more momentum

Wisconsin Gazette

“On animal welfare, we will take the tough action necessary to deal with those whose callousness or greed inflicts pain and suffering on innocent creatures. At the moment the maximum sentence for animal cruelty is just six months.

I believe that when we face deliberate, calculating and sadistic behavior, we need to deploy the full force of the law to show we will not tolerate evil. Which is why we will bring forward legislation to increase punishments for the most horrific acts of animal cruelty to five-year sentences. Animals are sentient beings, they are in our care, they deserve our protection.”…


Smart City Challenge

Chordant teams with CA Technologies for Smart City Benefits Index


Chordant, the smart city-focused IoT business of InterDigital, has teamed-up with CA Technologies to launch the first CA-Chordant Smart City Benefits Index that examines the relative potential benefits of smart city technology in America’s major metropolitan areas.

Produced by industry-leading market research firm Compass Intelligence, the Benefits Index uses a proprietary algorithm to calculate the relative benefits of smart city technology for 50 selected US cities based on 21 data points…