Internet everywhere: Kymeta marks successful demo of cutting-edge satellite antenna

Kymeta, the wireless technology company spun out of Intellectual Ventures and backed by investors including Bill Gates, says it has achieved a milestone with a successful demonstration of its portable broadband antenna technology — establishing a two-way satellite Internet connection using a high-tech approach that can efficiently steer a beam to maintain a link without any… Read More

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


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


Kymeta: Is this Bill Gates’ next billion-dollar company?

Wireless technology company Kymeta Corp. has been in business for a grand total of seven months, but already it has landed a $6.2 million engineering contract with the Inmarsat satellite company to accelerate its product development. Kymeta has grown to more than 40 employees and contractors, including some of the leading experts in the field, and its Redmond… Read More


Intellectual Ventures: Why haven’t there been more spinoffs?

Intellectual Ventures has been in business since 2000, led by former Microsoft chief technology officer Nathan Myhrvold, with a bunch of different lab spaces filled with scientists working on all sorts of crazy high-tech projects — fueled in part by brainstorming sessions with the likes of Bill Gates. This morning, Intellectual Ventures announced the latest… Read More