Vern Fotheringham

GeekWire Radio: Microsoft + Nokia, new Kindle Paperwhite, and the future of satellite broadband

There’s a lot to talk about on this week’s GeekWire radio show, including Microsoft’s $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia’s smartphone business, our hands-on impressions of Amazon’s new Kindle Paperwhite, and the inspiring entrepreneurial story of a 13-year-old from Spokane, Wash., who invented an Internet-enabled dog treat dispenser. Our guest in the studio is Vern Fotheringham,… Read More


Intellectual Ventures spinout Evolv gets $11.8M from Bill Gates and others, aims to transform security scanning

Intellectual Ventures this morning announced a new spinout company, Evolv, that has landed $11.8 million in funding from investors including Bill Gates to develop imaging and detection products for a new form of security scanning at airports and other facilities. The new company, to be based in Boston, isn’t announcing details of its product plans…. Read More


Melinda Gates now has a comic book about her life

Up until now, Bill Gates was likely the only member of his family to have a comic book written about his life. Not anymore. Vancouver, WA.-based Blue Water Productions is back with another tech-related comic book and this time it features Melinda Gates, the well-known spouse to Bill G. As part of its Female Force series that highlights… Read More


Bill Gates on Google’s Internet balloons; Contour hits the wall; and other comments of the week

The best comments, quotes, and random zingers we heard this week… “The Internet is transforming almost every element of the news business: shortening news cycles, eroding long-reliable revenue sources, and enabling new kinds of competition, some of which bear little or no news-gathering costs. There is no map, and charting a path ahead will not… Read More


GeekWire Radio: Bill Gates on tech, philanthropy, robots, and why you don’t want be a billionaire

This week on the GeekWire radio show, we’re listening back to highlights from Bill Gates’ recent public appearance in Redmond for a major Microsoft Research event with academic researchers from around the world. In his introduction, Gates started with his thoughts on the state of technology today and where things are headed over the next… Read More


Bill Gates at Microsoft: Watch his entire talk here

Bill Gates made a rare public appearance back at Microsoft, his old stomping grounds, earlier today for the opening keynote of the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit. We were there to cover his comments on everything from open source software to his joke about the return of Microsoft Bob, but the company has now posted the full… Read More


Bill Gates at Microsoft: Free and commercial software working ‘very well’ together

REDMOND — Here are five words you’d never expect to come out of Bill Gates’ mouth: “Thank God for free software.” That was a snippet from the Microsoft chairman’s answer to a question about intellectual property and software development during the keynote conversation at the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit a short time ago. But before… Read More


Satellite communications startup Kymeta lands $50M from Bill Gates, others

Kymeta Corp., the satellite communications startup that spun out of Intellectual Ventures, has scored $50 million in venture funding. Backers of the Redmond company — led by serial entrepreneur Vern Fotheringham — include Bill Gates, Lux Capital, Liberty Global were joined in the financing by Osage University Partners and The Kresge Foundation. The company spun out… Read More


Nathan Myhrvold says discussions with Bill Gates ‘completely irrelevant’ in patent spat, claims he’s too busy to testify

As CEO of Intellectual Ventures, international traveler and cooking guru, Nathan Myhrvold is a busy man. So busy, in fact, that he doesn’t have time — nor thinks it’s necessary — to appear for a deposition in an ongoing spat with another patent holding firm. And he certainly doesn’t want to talk about alleged conversations he… Read More


Bill Gates: ‘My dad is the man I aspire to be’

Normally, Bill Gates focuses his blog posts on work he’s doing or books he’s reading. For Father’s Day, though, he had something else to write about: his dad. The Microsoft co-founder penned a short piece dedicated to his father, William H. Gates Sr., who is the co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and… Read More


Bill Gates’ first post on LinkedIn: ’3 things I’ve learned from Warren Buffett’

Learning the game of bridge isn’t the only thing Warren Buffet has taught Bill Gates. In Gates’ first-ever post on LinkedIn titled “Three Things I’ve Learned from Warren Buffett,” the Microsoft co-founder sheds light on the lessons he’s gleaned from his good friend. Gates writes about the first time he met Buffett over a dinner his mother… Read More