Paul Allen

Co-Founder of Microsoft Paul Allen

Paul Gardner Allen is an American investor and philanthropist best known as the co-founder of Microsoft Corporation along with Bill Gates, a leading developer of personal-computer software systems and applications. He is also the 48th richest person in the world along with Germán Larrea Mota-Velasco (and family) who ranks the same with an estimated wealth of $14.2 billion as of March 2012.. He is the founder and chairman of Vulcan Inc.
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US Navy cruiser USS Indianapolis found 18,000 feet deep in Pacific Ocean
Yahoo News - 6 months
Researchers have found the wreckage of the US warship Indianapolis, which was sunk by a Japanese torpedo in the final days of World War Two, more than 18,000 feet (5.5 kilometres) below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, the Navy said on Saturday. USS Indianapolis Credit: The Telegraph/AP The cruiser was returning from its mission to deliver components for the atomic bomb that would soon be dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima when it was fired upon in the North Pacific Ocean by a Japanese submarine on July 30, 1945. It sunk in 12 minutes, according to the Naval History and Heritage Command in Washington. No distress signal was sent. About 800 of the 1,196 crew members aboard survived the sinking, but only 316 were rescued alive five days later, with the rest lost to exposure, dehydration, drowning and sharks. The World War II cruiser USS Indianapolis (CA 35), which was lost July 30, 1945 is seen off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California on July 12, 1945, after her final overhaul ...
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Long lost USS Indianapolis wreckage discovered by Paul Allen crew
Fox News - 6 months
Wreckage from the USS Indianapolis, which sunk after being torpedoed by the Japanese during World War II, was found by the expedition crew of billionaire Paul Allen.
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Shares of online brokerage Redfin rise 45% in IPO trading debut
LATimes - 7 months
Redfin has many of the hallmarks of a “disruptive” tech firm. It pledges to transform the home-buying experience. It drives down costs through online software. And it has high-profile investors, including the investment arm of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, despite a history of losses. Yet when...
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With Paul Allen’s backing, Tri Alpha Energy revs up ‘Norman’ device for fusion research
Yahoo News - 7 months
Tri Alpha Energy, the fusion energy venture backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, says it has achieved first plasma in its latest generator. The $100 million device at Tri Alpha’s lab in Foothill Ranch, Calif., had been known as C-2W, but it’s been renamed “Norman” in honor of company co-founder Norman Rostoker, a fusion physicist who died in 2014 at the age of 89. “We believe this machine will continue to prove the approach to plasma physics he first envisioned and to which he dedicated his life,” Michl Binderbauer, Tri Alpha’s president and chief technology officer, said in a news release.… Read More
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US exits Paris accord? To the space plane! Yeah, right - CNET
Google News - 9 months
CNET US exits Paris accord? To the space plane! Yeah, right CNET Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives. stratonew4.jpg. That is one large plane. Stratolaunch. I'm supposed to be impressed. No, I am impressed. Six years ago, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen ... Colossal rocket-launching plane rolls toward testingPhys.Org Paul Allen powers up private space race with massive Stratolauncher aircraft rolloutYahoo News Enormous Stratolaunch aircraft rolled out for first timeFox Business Tech Times -SlashGear -HuffPost UK -The Tech Portal all 129 news articles »
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Amazon's New Seattle Campus Will Include A Homeless Shelter
Huffington Post - 9 months
In these days of chic office spaces with healthy juice bars, full-sized ferris wheels and slides that twirl three stories high, Amazon is doing something different. The retail and tech giant has promised to turn more than 47,000 square feet of its new downtown Seattle headquarters into a permanent home for Mary’s Place, a nonprofit that operates several homeless shelters for women and families. The Amazon-sponsored Mary’s Place shelter will include 65 rooms, offering more than 200 homeless individuals a place to sleep every night. The donated shelter space was announced as the city of Seattle is ramping up its own response to its growing homeless population, which caused the city to declare a state of emergency in 2015.  “Mary’s Place does incredible, life-saving work every day for women, children, and families experiencing homelessness in the Seattle community,” Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said in a press release. “We are lucky to count them as neighbors and thrilled to offer th...
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Christian Women On Twitter Unload About Misogyny In The Church
Huffington Post - 10 months
A Twitter hashtag about Christian women has revealed some ugly truths about misogyny in the church. Christian author Sarah Bessey started the thread Tuesday night with the tag #ThingsOnlyChristianWomenHear to highlight issues surrounding male privilege in many Christian communities.  “It was just a conversation I was wanting to have with my followers about something I care about, but it resonated more widely than I expected,” Bessey told The Huffington Post on Thursday. The conversation, which she said she initiated “on a whim,” quickly amassed hundreds of tweets from women sharing some of the dehumanizing things they’ve heard from others in their Christian communities.  “This hashtag is pulling back the curtain on the everyday lived experiences of women within the Church,” Bessey wrote in a Facebook post Wednesday morning. "Women should be silent in the church!" springs to mind. #ThingsOnlyChristianWomenHear — Sarah Bessey (@sarahbessey) April 19, 2017 ...
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University of Washington Gets $50 Million From Paul Allen, Microsoft
Wall Street Journal - 12 months
The University of Washington has received $50 million to promote its computer science and engineering department into a stand-alone school named for Microsoft Corp. co-founder Paul G. Allen.
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Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen bringing hip London club to Hollywood and Vine
LATimes - about 1 year
When Paul Allen paid $41 million for the Redbury Hotel in Hollywood last June, people wondered what he was up to.  The co-founder of Microsoft is not known as a hotelier. Allen’s plan is now clear — the Redbury will be turned into a club for entrepreneurs similar to a co-working venue, but turned...
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How Hedge Funds Will Profit from School Privatization
Huffington Post - about 1 year
In the News: A number of news items in recent weeks show how powerful money-brokers work inside and outside the law in their war on public education in the United States. (1) In the State of Washington, a State Supreme Court Judge up for reelection sided with a 6-to-3 court majority in a ruling that declared a state law directing tax dollars to independently run charter schools unconstitutional. To remake the court in their image hundreds of thousands of pro-charter Bill Gates and Paul Allen "Microsoft money" was donated to support his opponents campaign. Fortunately Washington voters rejected the charter judge, this time. (2) Federal authorities charged seven leaders of the Platinum Partners hedge fund with fraud for operating what was alleged to be a "Ponzi scheme." They kept the fund afloat by continually using money from new investors to pay off older investors who wanted out. Mark Nordlicht, founder and the chief investment officer for Platinum, also dabbles in operating l...
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What to Expect during November's Auction Season
Huffington Post - over 1 year
In New York, there are specialty art auctions throughout the year, but all eyes are on the day and evening sales in November and May that bring out the big-ticket pieces from major collections. Here are the works worth watching the week of November 13th. It seems as if the top three auction houses have Gerhard Richter fever, as they each are offering at least one of the artist's work for over $20 million with an expected hammer prices far above their estimates. In addition, both Sotheby's and Christie's have secured prominent collectors estates to offer this season. Christie's secured the estate of Sylvia Olnick, a committed collector who amassed a collection with works by Roy Lichtenstein and Agnes Martin (whose retrospective at the Guggenheim is a must-see). This estate, split between Christie's Post-War and Contemporary day and evening sales, is auctioning 53 objects. One notable piece is an Agnes Martin entitled Untitled #6 (1983) that is estimated between $5 million and $...
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Trump Flies With Gold-Plated Bathroom Fixtures, And You’re Paying Millions For It
Huffington Post - over 1 year
WASHINGTON – Taxpayers are now picking up most of Donald Trump’s air travel costs, unnecessarily spending millions of dollars because he insists on flying aboard his luxury 757 instead of a practical plane. And because the GOP presidential nominee owns both the company that owns the jetliner and the one that operates it, some percentage of that taxpayer money is likely winding up as profit in Trump’s personal bank account. The bombastic businessman has often bragged about the comforts of his ride, with its full bedroom, shower and 24-karat gold-plated bathroom fixtures. But because it seats so few passengers, Trump’s Secret Service agents appear to make up more than half of the plane’s flight manifests. And that means taxpayers are now legally required to pick up the majority of its staggering running costs. Over the first three months of this year, after Trump asked for and received Secret Service protection, the agency’s payments to his campaign accounted for 48 percent o...
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Countries call for end to domestic ivory trade as elephants disappear
Yahoo News - over 1 year
A new resolution to ban all domestic ivory sales has been passed by a global group of conservationists and governments.  The measure, adopted Saturday at a major summit in Hawaii, aims to curb the illegal killing of elephants, whose numbers are rapidly dwindling as poachers slaughter them for their tusks and humans encroach on elephants' natural habitats. "Elephants have had enough of the ivory trade, and so has the world," Cristian Samper, president and CEO of Wildlife Conservation Society, said in a statement after the vote at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress. SEE ALSO: Marine conservation efforts just took a major step forward A coalition of nations — including the United States and African countries Gabon, Kenya and Malawi — had urged the IUCN last week to adopt the motion to stop internal ivory trading. A stack of burning elephant tusks, ivory figurines and rhinoceros horns at Nairobi National Park, Kenya, April 30, 2016. I...
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IUCN Congress Emerges with Global Goal to Close the Domestic Ivory Trade
Huffington Post - over 1 year
As thousands of conservationists gathered in Honolulu for the IUCN World Conservation Congress this week, it was more than clear that IUCN members needed to take a strong stand if Africa's elephants were to have a chance at survival. By the close of the congress, the global conservation community had stepped up to say: No more domestic ivory sales. Elephants have had enough of the ivory trade and so has the world. The final vote overwhelmingly approving Motion 007 calling for closure of domestic elephant ivory markets across the globe was vital, for the news about Africa's elephants is as bad as bad news gets. The 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress passed a strong measure in Hawaii calling for the closure of global domestic ivory markets. Image: Cristián Samper/WCS. At the start of the meeting in Hawaii, WCS's Andrea Turkalo issued a scientific paper for which she served as lead author showing that it will take almost a century for Africa's forest elephants to recover f...
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A New Elephant Census Shows The Devastating Impact Of Poaching
Huffington Post - over 1 year
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Reporter's Notebook: At Seattle Art Fair, the Interaction Between Technology and Modern Life
NYTimes - over 1 year
Now in its second year, the fair founded by the Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen featured artists such as Dawn Kasper, Adam McEwen and Wynne Greenwood.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Paul Allen
    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 63
    As a musician-himself and passionate fan, in August 2016, Allen announced the launch of Upstream Music + Summit Fest.
    Launched in 2016 with a $100 million commitment, The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group aims to discover and support ideas at the frontier of bioscience in an effort accelerate the pace of discovery.
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    As of August 2016, he was estimated to be the 40th richest person in the world, with an estimated wealth of $18.6 billion.
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    In April 2016, the Department of Environment (DoE) and Allen's Vulcan Inc. successfully completed a restoration plan to help speed recovery and protect the future of coral in this area.
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    In January 2016, it was reported that Tatoosh allegedly damaged coral in the Cayman Islands.
    In 2016, Allen pledged a $10 million donation over four years for the creation of the Allen Discovery Centers at Tufts University and Stanford University.
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  • 2015
    Age 62
    On August 7, 2015, Allen and his research team along with the Royal Navy went back again to the site of HMS Hood and recovered the bell.
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    Launched in July 2015, Paul Allen is funding the Global FinPrint initiative, a three-year survey of sharks and rays in coral reef areas.
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    Also in 2015, Allen announced that he'd be opening up Pivot Art + Culture, a gallery that will be located in the new Allen Institute for Brain Science building.
    In 2015, Allen founded the Seattle Art Fair, a four-day event with 60+ galleries from around the world including works from the Gagosian Gallery, David Zwirner and many others.
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    In October 2015, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation announced it would award seven new grants totaling $11 million to prevent future widespread outbreaks of the virus.
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    On April 21, 2015, Allen brought together key leaders in the Ebola fight at the Ebola Innovation Summit in San Francisco.
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    Alongside the United States Department of Transportation, Allen and Vulcan Inc. launched the Smart City Challenge, a contest inviting American cities to transform their transportation systems. Created in 2015 with USDOT's $40 million commitment as well as $10 million from Allen's Vulcan Inc., the challenge aims to create a first-of-its-kind modern city that will demonstrate how cities can improve quality of life while lowering greenhouse gas emissions.
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    In March 2015, an Allen-led research team found the in the Sibuyan Sea off the coast of the Philippines.
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  • 2014
    Age 61
    Allen began supporting the University of British Columbia's Sea Around Us Project in 2014 to improve data on global fisheries as a way to fight illegal fishing.
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    In December 2014, Allen committed $100 million to create the Allen Institute for Cell Science in Seattle.
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    Founded in 2014, the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2) main focus is to research and engineer artificial intelligence.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2013
    Age 60
    Also in 2013, Vulcan Productions signed on as a producing partner of Pandora's Promise, a documentary about nuclear power, directed by Oscar-nominated director Robert Stone.
  • 2012
    Age 59
    In 2012, the endowment was renamed the Kenneth S. and Faye G. Allen Library Endowment after Allen's mother (a noted bibliophile) died.
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  • 2010
    Age 57
    Since its formation, the foundation has given more than $494 million to over 1,500 nonprofits and in 2010, Allen became a signatory of The Giving Pledge, promising to give at least half of his fortune to philanthropic causes.
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  • 2009
    Age 56
    Allen's Vulcan Sports & Entertainment is part of the ownership team of the Seattle Sounders FC, a Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise that began play in 2009 at CenturyLink Field, a stadium also controlled by Allen.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2000
    Age 47
    Allen officially resigned from his position on the Microsoft board of directors in November 2000 but was asked to consult as a senior strategy advisor to the company's executives and still owns a reported 100 million shares.
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  • 1996
    Age 43
    Allen purchased the Seattle Seahawks NFL team in 1996 when former owner Ken Behring threatened to move the Seahawks to Southern California.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1990
    Age 37
    Since taking over the franchise, the Allen-owned Trail Blazers have reached the playoffs 19 times including the NBA Finals in 1990 and 1992 (As of July 2015) According to Forbes, the Blazers were valued at $940 million in 2015 and ranked No. 12 out of 30 NBA teams.
  • 1988
    Age 35
    Allen purchased the Portland Trail Blazers NBA team in 1988 from California real estate developer Larry Weinberg for $70 million.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1982
    Age 29
    Allen effectively left Microsoft in 1982 due to serious illness.
  • 1980
    Age 27
    In 1980, after promising to deliver IBM a Disk Operating System (DOS) they had not yet developed for the Intel 8088-based IBM PC, Allen spearheaded a deal for Microsoft to purchase a Quick and Dirty Operating System (QDOS) which was written by Tim Paterson who, at the time, was employed at Seattle Computer Products.
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  • 1975
    Age 22
    In Albuquerque, New Mexico, Paul Allen with his friend Bill Gates, in 1975, began marketing a BASIC programming language interpreter.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1953
    Age 0
    Paul Allen was born on January 21, 1953 in Seattle, Washington to Kenneth Sam Allen and Edna Faye (née Gardner) Allen.
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