Paul Allen pitches in $3M to Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has always had a love for Shakespeare, and now he’s giving away some money again to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF). The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation announced the contribution today. The OSF is a non-profit based in Ashland, Oregon, and puts on hundreds of plays every year. “OSF masterfully makes the classics relevant to new generations… Read More


Paul Allen on the race between brain research and artificial intelligence — and why he’s betting on both

Over the past decade, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has committed $500 million toward understanding the brain through his Allen Institute for Brain Science — aiming to ultimately transform the treatment of related diseases and disorders including autism, Alzheimer’s disease, and depression. And earlier this month, he launched the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence — “AI-squared,” as… Read More

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Paul Allen backs research project to restore hand, arm movement after spinal cord injuries

The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation is providing a $1.5 million grant to researchers at the University of Washington to continue work on a system that uses neural signaling and other technologies to restore hand and arm movements for those who’ve suffered from spinal cord injuries. The effort is known as the Brain-Computer-Spinal-Interface Project, and… Read More

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Paul Allen is the richest sports owner in America

Owners of professional sports teams are generally pretty well off, but Paul Allen takes the cake for the most wealthy of them all. There are 34 team owners that made most recent Forbes’ 400 Richest American list, and Allen leads the way with a $15.2 billion net worth. The Microsoft co-founder owns the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks,… Read More

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Going beyond Siri and Watson: Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen taps Oren Etzioni to lead new Artificial Intelligence Institute

Perhaps no one has been more synonymous with the startup ethos at the University of Washington than computer science professor Oren Etzioni, a mainstay on campus for more than two decades and an inspiration for budding entrepreneurs in academia. An expert in search, data mining and machine learning, Etzioni’s technologies have formed the basis of startup… Read More


Photos: Check out Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s V-2 rocket arriving at Paine Field

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s latest extravagance — a German-built World War II-era V2 rocket — has arrived at his Flying Heritage Collection at Paine Field in Everett. The rocket, one of only 16 remaining in the world, stands 46-feet tall (just shy of the museum’s 50-foot high ceiling). The V-2 arrived in three primary sections on Monday,… Read More


Paul Allen procures V-2 rocket for aircraft museum

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is selling some of his abstract art, and buying a historic rocket. The eclectic Seattle billionaire has procured a rare Werner von Braun designed V-2 rocket, the first man-made object to fly into outer space. Allen’s Flying Heritage Collection — located at Paine Field in Everett — is taking possession of the rocket on… Read More


Virgin Galactic breaks sound barrier, set to reach full space flight by end of 2013

Virgin Galactic took a big step in its quest for space travel today with a successful test flight of the commercial spaceliner SpaceShipTwo, which broke the sound barrier Monday morning above the Mojave Desert in California. After being released from its carrier craft at 48,000 feet, the rocket-powered SpaceShipTwo began a 16-second burn and rose to… Read More

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Paul Allen’s Vulcan Capital expanding to Silicon Valley

Updated with details of the new office’s leader. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s investment arm, Vulcan Capital, plans to open a new office in Silicon Valley, expanding its presence and looking for new investments. Paul Ghaffari, Vulcan Capital’s chief investment officer, tells the Reuters news service that the new office in Palo Alto, Calif., is part… Read More


Paul Allen’s Stratolaunch opens giant hangar for world’s largest aircraft

The world’s largest aircraft needs a ginormous place to live, and that’s exactly what Paul Allen’s Stratolaunch has built. Stratolaunch Systems, the commercial space venture backed by the Microsoft co-founder, just opened a new hangar for the world’s largest plane that is set to launch into space by 2016. The 103,257 square-foot hangar is based in Mojave,… Read More

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Youth movement: Paul Allen donates $7.5 million to five up-and-coming scientists

Paul Allen is giving his money to five young scientists he thinks need a little cash to answer fundamental questions in biology. The Paul G. Allen Foundation announced today $7.5 million in funding to the second round of the Allen Distinguished Investigators, a three-year grant program that supports scientists’ research. The foundation says that these five… Read More