October 11, 2017

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  • Paul G Allen
  • Vulcan Inc.
  • Vulcan Aerospace
  • Vulcan Capital
  • Allen Institute for Brain Science
  • Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence
  • Great Elephant Census
  • Seattle Art Fair
  • EMP Museum
  • Seattle Seahawks
  • Portland Trail Blazers


Paul G Allen

The Mayor’s Race Will Cost More than a Million Dollars


With a month until Election Day, Seattle’s mayoral race has now surpassed the million-dollar mark. Together, Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon—worth millions themselves—have raised about $998,500, according to state public disclosure records.

There are some big names among those who’ve given the $500 maximum to Durkan: billionaire/investor/developer/Seahawks owner Paul Allen, Seattle City Council members Sally Bagshaw and Tim Burgess, Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz, the Seattle Mariners, Chamber of Commerce CEO Maud Daudon, Downtown Seattle Association CEO Jonathan Scholes, Uncle Ike’s owner Ian Eisenberg, and the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe…


Satya Nadella opens up on beginnings, fears, goals as Microsoft CEO


Why do we exist? It’s perhaps not a strange question for a struggling tech company to ask if it has found itself in a position where it needs to adapt to survive. It is a strange question, however, to be asked by a company that is so successful it made its founder Bill Gates the richest person in the world.

But, if you go back to 2014, it was a question that newly appointed Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was having to ask the existentially challenged vendor he had just been given the responsibility of reviving…


Paul Allen Pledges $40 Million to Address Illegal Fishing

Philanthropy News Digest

Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen is investing $40 million to develop a system that uses satellite imagery and data-analysis software to help countries spot and catch unlicensed fishing boats, Bloomberg reports.

Announced last week during the Our Oceans Conference in Malta, the SkyLight system is being tested in the Pacific Ocean island nation of Palau and in Gabon, Africa. The system is designed to strengthen the enforcement of fishing regulations, particularly in countries with thousands of miles of coastline to patrol and few resources to do so…


On jobs, tech hubs, and David Byrne of the Talking Heads

American Enterprise Institute

The city became a tech magnet, including for Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, thanks to Microsoft. And the only reason Microsoft moved to Bellevue, Washington, back in 1979 from Albuquerque was that founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen were restless and wanted to relocate back home.

Again, Moretti: “[Innovtion hubs] often get developed because of idiosyncratic factors like a local firm succeeds and it starts attracting more firms like that. And this creates a cluster that then becomes stronger and stronger, and that feeds on itself.”…


Vulcan Inc.

Jon White – From the President’s Office: 10-9-2017


Some good news about the ocean you have missed last week amidst the prevailing current events: Vulcan Inc. committed $40 million to develop and deploy SkyLight, a near real-time illegal fishing intelligence, and research program. Malta announced the introduction of a beverage container refund scheme by 2019 to ensure 70% of plastic bottles generated on its islands are recovered.

NOAA committed to expanding the Pier2Pier scientific mentorship program. The Prince of Wales announced a blue economy initiative. In last week’s 4th annual Our Ocean conference in Malta, 1,000 participants from 100 countries (including heads of state and government, as well as ocean leaders in government, business, finance, science, and civil society) made strides towards identifying solutions and committing to actions to ensure our future ocean is clean and sustainably managed…


Vulcan Aerospace

‘Very Inspiring:’ Vice President Pence visits Mojave Air and Space Port


MOJAVE, Calif. – Vice President Mike Pence made his way to Mojave Tuesday, to visit the city’s Air and Space Port.

Vice President Pence arrived near a quarter to two this afternoon, and alongside Congressman David Valadao and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy learned about Kern’s future in space. This stop focused on the aerospace industry…


Pence lauds commercial space innovation during tour of Mojave Air and Space Port


Vice President Mike Pence wrapped up a fundraising tour of California Tuesday with two stops in Kern County.

He made a lunchtime visit to a private, paid event at Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace in Bakersfield and then hopped over to the Mojave Air and Space Port to tour the hangars for Virgin Galactic and Stratolauch Systems…


Photo Gallery: Vice President Mike Pence in Kern County


Vice President Mike Pence, Second Lady Karen Pence, and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy tour aerospace companies Virgin Orbit/Virgin Galactic/The Spaceship Company hangar and Stratolaunch Systems at the Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, CA…


Vice President Mike Pence tours Mojave Air and Space Port during Kern County visit


MOJAVE, Calif. – The Mojave Air and Space Port was filled with law enforcement and secret service members as preparation began for the arrival of Vice President Mike Pence, Second Lady Karen Pence and Bakersfield Congressman and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

The group landed in Mojave around 2 p.m. and made their way into the building for a brief overview of what they would see on the tour…


VP Mike Pence visits Virgin Galactic and Stratolaunch space ventures in Mojave

True Viral News

Vice President Mike Pence made Mojave, Calif., the latest stop on his nationwide tour of spaceship development sites today, with visits to Virgin Galactic and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s Stratolaunch hangar.

Pence was accompanied by his wife, Karen, as well as other government officials such as House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, whose district includes Mojave. In his capacity as chairman of the reinstituted National Space Council, Pence has previously visited NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama and Johnson Space Center in Texas…


Vulcan Capital

CleanFund raises $15M equity from Vulcan Capital

Asset Securitization Report

CleanFund Commercial Capital, a leading provider of Property Assessed Clean Energy financing for commercial buildings, has raised $15 million of equity from a group of investors led by Vulcan Capital, the investment arm of Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen…


Meet GCCIS Distinguished Alumnus Ralph Derrickson

RIT University News

The president and CEO of Carena Inc., a technology company that enables 24-hour access to health care via virtual clinics, Derrickson began his career with perhaps two of the world’s most famous entrepreneurs.

First, as an engineer at Sun Microsystems and NeXT Computer, both founded by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, and then as a vice president at Starwave, a software company founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. Derrickson went on to serve as a managing director of Vulcan Capital, a venture investment firm also founded by Allen…


Vulcan Backs CleanFund In $15M Funding, $100M In Financing

Northwest Innovation

Vulcan Capital, the venture capital arm of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, is the lead investor in a provider of clean energy financing…


CleanFund Raises $15M In Series B


San Francisco-based CleanFund Commercial Capital, a provider of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) funding for the commercial market, says it has raised $15M in a Series B equity funding…


Nomadic Partners with the Technicolor Experience Center to Illustrate Impact of Location-Based VR Entertainment

Sys-Con Canada

Nomadic, an immersive entertainment company creating virtual reality (VR) experiences for neighborhoods everywhere, today announced its partnership with the Technicolor Experience Center (TEC), Technicolor’s division focused on igniting industry collaboration and innovation in immersive media.  From October 10th – 20th, Nomadic’s location-based VR experience will reside at the Culver City facility, offering an opportunity for filmmakers, studios, creatives and VR industry drivers to experience first-hand this new medium and model for VR entertainment.

“With Nomadic’s residency at TEC, we are at the epicenter of innovation in entertainment, media, and technology,” said Kalon Gutierrez, Co-founder, and Head of Growth for Nomadic. “We’re eager to introduce the creative community to our model of immersive content, that allows users to touch and interact in a VR environment, and explore how we can collaborate with visionaries in film, gaming, and storytelling across business verticals.” …


Allen Institute for Brain Science

Brain scientist Christof Koch maps out a path to merge humans and machines

True Viral News

It may sound like a zombie movie, but Seattle’s Allen Institute for Brain Science is studying fresh human brain tissue to see up close how our neurons work – and perhaps eventually figure out how to meld minds with machines.

Integrating artificial intelligence chips into our own neural wiring may be the best way to address concerns about the rapid rise of AI, and the potential that the machines could outpace humans, said neuroscientist Christof Koch, the institute’s chief scientific officer…


Outstanding Indian American Scientists Honored with NIH 2017 Innovator Awards


Sanjana was previously a Simons Postdoctoral Fellow in Dr. Feng Zhang’s lab at the Broad Institute and MIT obtained a doctorate in brain and cognitive sciences from MIT and holds a B.S. in symbolic systems and a B.A. in English literature from Stanford University.

He is a recipient of the Kimmel Scholar Award, the Melanoma Research Alliance Young Investigator Award, the NIH Pathway to Independence Award and the Paul Allen Institute for Brain Science Next Generation Leader Award.


Seven Indian Americans among 55 NIH ‘New Innovator’ awardees

The American Bazaar

Sanjana was previously a Simons Postdoctoral Fellow in Dr. Feng Zhang’s lab at the Broad Institute and MIT. He obtained a Ph.D. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from MIT with Dr. Sebastian Seung and holds a B.S. in Symbolic Systems and a B.A. in English Literature from Stanford University.

He is a recipient of the Kimmel Scholar Award, the Melanoma Research Alliance Young Investigator Award, the NIH Pathway to Independence Award, and the Paul Allen Institute for Brain Science Next Generation Leader Award…


Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence

Baidu opens office in Seattle


Baidu opened a new office in the Seattle area on Monday, giving the Beijing-based internet search giant an additional outpost in the US to expand its reach in artificial intelligence (AI) and the cloud.

The new center is located in downtown Bellevue, Washington, with space for about 50 people. The team of Kitt.ai, the Seattle-based AI startup acquired by Baidu this year, will be the first users of the space…


Great Elephant Census

Minister Edna Molewa on meeting with European Union ambassadors on environment-related matters

South African Government

The Minister for Environmental Affairs, Dr. Edna Molewa, on Tuesday 10 October 2017, met the Ambassadors of the European Union member states in Pretoria on environment-related matters.

The meeting builds on the good relations that exist between South Africa and the EU with regard to, amongst others, the development of the Circular Economy, wildlife crime and climate change adaptation and mitigation.


Seattle Art Fair

Authors to read their work at Northwind Arts Center on Thursday

Peninsula Daily News

PORT TOWNSEND — The Northwind Reading Series will feature Jim Cantú and Kathryn Hunt at 7 p.m. Thursday. The readings will be in the Northwind Arts Center, 701 Water St. Admission is a suggested $5 donation. All proceeds will support the Northwind Arts Center.

In August 2016, he was the writer-in-residence for the monthlong La Cocina, a Pop-Up Latinx Artists’ Salon hosted by La Sala and held in conjunction with the Seattle Art Fair…


EMP Museum

Pacific Northwest Yacht Charters Is Offering A Special Halloween Yacht Cruise in Seattle


From Snohomish County in the north to Tacoma in the south and everywhere in between, Seattle will be bustling with the excitement of Halloween on October 31, 2017. The city will host different events during Halloween weeks, such as PULSE The Ultimate Halloween Bash at the EMP Museum, Elysian Brewing’s Annual Great Pumpkin Beer Festival at Seattle Center, Halloween Pub Crawl, and Black Cat Bash and more.

If you want to celebrate Halloween night out on the open water, then PNYC’s special yacht cruise is the perfect option where you can spend the night afloat on the city’s lakes with a DJ while enjoying the dance floor. There is no official dress code, but Halloween-themed costumes are strongly encouraged…


Seattle Seahawks

Seahawks Announce The Week Five CenturyLink High School Athlete Of The Week

Seattle Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks, CenturyLink, Inc. and Q13 FOX (KCPQ) announced Parker Danielson of Steilacoom High School as the week five CenturyLink High School Athlete of the Week. Parker will be recognized on the field at CenturyLink Field during the November 5 game vs. the Washington Redskins.

Parker, a senior at Steilacoom High School, was selected Athlete of the Week based on his leadership through athletics, academics, and community action. Parker maintains a 4.0 GPA while taking classes at Pierce Community College. In the spring, he will graduate with 14 college credits. On top of his academic success, he is a student leader at Steilacoom High School and is serving as the ASB president this year…


Portland Trail Blazers

How deals may be shaping up as rookie extension deadline-day nears

Sporting News

Noah Vonleh, Portland Trail Blazers: The Blazers talked him up a lot after he came from Charlotte in the Nicolas Batum deal in 2015, but Vonleh hasn’t cracked more than 17 minutes per game in his two seasons in Portland. Paul Allen’s pockets are deep but would be surprised to see him green light an extension…