Paul Allen speaking at Seattle's Town Hall.

Paul Allen donates $500K to gun law, joining Ballmer, Gates and others

First Steve Ballmer, Bill Gates, and Nick Hanauer showed their support for a new law that would require stricter background checks for gun sales in Washington. Now Paul Allen is joining the charge. The Microsoft co-founder has pitched in $500,000 to the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, a coalition that wants to require background checks for Washington residents who buy firearms at… Read More

Barb Bennett

Tech Moves: Paul Allen’s Vulcan names media vet COO; Michael Paulson leaves eBay for Austin; Jeff Dirks lands at Limeade; etc.

—Billionaire Paul Allen has a new confidante in the ranks of his private investment arm Vulcan Inc. Allen has named Barbara Bennett as president and COO of Vulcan, a new role in the organization. Bennett starts Sept. 22, and will report to Paul Allen and his sister Jody Allen. She will be based in Seattle…. Read More

A.R.O. CEO Andy Hickl.

Paul Allen-backed A.R.O. ceasing operations, cutting jobs, but says products will live on

Hours after unveiling its latest app, Seattle startup A.R.O. Inc. announced a “substantial restructuring of its workforce” today — ceasing standalone operations and making what a spokesperson described as a “100% reduction in force.” An unspecified number of A.R.O’s employees have been hired by Paul Allen’s company Vulcan, which was A.R.O.’s partner and primary investor. Those who do make the jump to… Read More


Seattle startup Porch hires Paul Allen’s former tech advisor

Parag Garg, the former Amazon architect who worked briefly as Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s top tech adviser, has landed at Porch, the fast-growing home-improvement data startup. Garg has joined the Seattle-based company as Director of Product, Real Estate and MyHome — overseeing areas including the Porch Home Report for home buyers, partnerships with sites including, and the MyHome… Read More


Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen just sold this abstract Rothko painting for $56.2 million

Is Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen getting tired of his abstract art collection? Bloomberg reports that the tech billionaire just unloaded at auction a Mark Rothko painting — “Untitled (Red, Blue, Orange)” — for the whopping price of $56.2 million. The sale occurred at Phillips in New York, with original estimates for the painting at $50… Read More

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Paul Allen calls Donald Sterling’s remarks ‘abhorrent and not acceptable’

Microsoft co-founder and Portland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen issued a statement today regarding Donald Sterling’s alleged racist remarks, calling them “abhorrent, and not acceptable.” Sterling has made headlines around the world over the past few days after TMZ leaked audio of the 80-year-old Los Angeles Clippers owner going on a reportedly racist rant to his… Read More

Paul Allen recently made a cameo on the IFC show "Portlandia."

Watch Paul Allen make a Kickstarter pitch for new NBA jerseys in ‘Portlandia’ cameo

Paul Allen’s acting skills — or lack thereof — were on full display in a “Portlandia” episode earlier this month. During this season’s seventh episode of the IFC satirical comedy show that features Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, several members of the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers made cameos — including the team’s owner. Allen, who bought the Blazers in… Read More

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Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen looks to rock the vote, sinks $40 million in online voting company

Scytl, a Barcelona-based online voting company, announced today that it received a $40 million investment from Paul Allen’s Vulcan Capital that will allow it to improve its technology for running elections over the Internet. The company, which was founded in 2001, claims that it holds 87 percent of the online voting market, and has successfully… Read More

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Paul Allen offers up $8M for artificial intelligence researchers to uncover ‘world-changing breakthroughs’

For the fourth year in a row, The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation is taking proposals from researchers interested in working on using “risky, novel approaches” to study artificial intelligence (AI) topics like machine reading, diagram interpretation and reasoning, and spatial and temporal reasoning. As part of the Allen Distinguished Investigator (ADI) Program, the foundation will offer $1… Read More

Charles Beames

Tech Moves: Paul Allen names space chief; Bsquare’s new CEO

—Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has named a new space commander to lead the charge on his ambitious Stratolaunch project. He’s tapped Charles Beames — a Department of Defense veteran and Air Force Academy grad —as executive director of Stratolaunch. “Stratolaunch is the next step in America’s drive for even more viable and flexible commercial space… Read More


Paul Allen sells 292-acre private island for $8 million

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has sold a 292-acre private island near Anacortes, selling the property for $8 million. That may seem like a lot of coin for a largely desolate island in the San Juan chain, accessible only by boat, seaplane and plane. But Allen listed the property for sale in 2005 for $25 million,… Read More


Raising the CDC 6500 from the dead: Paul Allen’s engineers attempt toughest computer restoration yet

The newest arrival at Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s Living Computer Museum in Seattle is a big one — both literally and figuratively. Weighing more than 10,000 pounds, the Control Data Corporation 6500 is part of a line of machines that were the first to be called “supercomputers.” Each of its three giant bays has its own… Read More


Paul Allen’s Vulcan Capital invests $30M in car-buying advisor

Paul Allen’s investment arm Vulcan Capital today announced it is investing $30 million in, an eight-year-old company that has now raised more than $350 million to date. TrueCar, based in Santa Monica, Calif., helps buyers and dealers during the car-buying process with data and analytics that allows people to see what others have paid for a… Read More

Parag Garg

Paul Allen snags key Amazon architect as top tech advisor

Paul Allen has created a new position of executive technology advisor, to work with him across all of his personal and professional projects, and filled the job by hiring Parag Garg, an Amazon product architect who had been playing a key role on multiple unannounced products under development by the Seattle company. GeekWire heard rumblings… Read More