SpaceX and Paul Allen’s Stratolaunch part ways over rocket design changes

Stratolaunch Systems, the commercial space venture backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, has cut ties with one of its high-profile partners, SpaceX, one of the pioneers in the industry. Gary Wentz, the Stratolaunch CEO, confirmed the news Tuesday in a message to the Flight International news site. “Stratolaunch and SpaceX have amicably agreed to end our… Read More


Paul Allen’s Institute for Brain Science to move to Seattle’s South Lake Union area

Seattle’s fast-growing South Lake Union neighborhood is getting another boost — this time from the guy who is largely responsible for its transformation. Paul Allen’s Institute for Brain Science announced today that they will relocate their headquarters from Fremont to Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood — the neighborhood that Allen’s Vulcan Real Estate has transformed over… Read More


Microsoft founders Allen, Gates reconnect after year-long rift

Paul Allen’s memoir, Idea Man, is out in paperback this week, and the Microsoft co-founder has penned an epilogue updating readers on some of the book’s major storylines — including the status of his friendship with Bill Gates. The book’s unvarnished account of Gates — from his unusual eating habits to his efforts to dilute… Read More

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Paul Allen is now the richest American in sports

Paul Allen has lots of money. You already knew that about the co-founder of Microsoft, of course. But the Forbes 400 richest Americans list came out Wednesday and Mr. Allen has reached a new pedestal. The 59-year-old is now worth an estimated $15 billion, which moves him from 23rd to 20th on the list. That makes the Seahawks… Read More


Paul Allen’s Stratolaunch aircraft passes initial review

Paul Allen is one step closer to his childhood dreams of space. The FlightGlobal blog reports that Stratolaunch Systems has finished preliminary design review of its space-launch system. “The carrier aircraft conducted their preliminary design review on [August 27-28] in Mojave, California,” says the company, which notes that it’s now reviewing the data package and… Read More

A rendering of the planned project. (Credit: Vulcan Inc.)

Amazon HQ getting even bigger with 2 new buildings is expanding its footprint again in Seattle with an agreement to occupy a new 380,000-square-foot project on the edge of its existing headquarters campus in the South Lake Union neighborhood. Paul Allen’s Vulcan Inc. announced the plan this afternoon, saying that it is working with Amazon on the project. The development will consist of… Read More

Amazon's South Lake Union campus. Photo via bytesrc

Paul Allen’s Vulcan looks to sell campus

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has spent years revamping Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood, first with the failed Commons project in the 1990s and most recently with a massive redevelopment of the area that now houses’s multi-building campus. Now, Allen is looking to sell a portion of the jigsaw puzzle of buildings he’s helped assemble… Read More


Live on Twitter, Paul Allen covers battleship salvage

When he’s not partying with has-been celebs, Paul Allen is hosting a salvage crew aboard his Octopus yacht — and reporting back to the world about what’s happening. In a series of tweets started earlier today, the Microsoft co-founder is documenting the recovery process of the bell from the HMS Hood battleship in the North Atlantic…. Read More

Paul Allen's yacht, Octopus will set forth on a different mission following the London Olympics. (Photo: Ken Hodge, via Flickr)

Paul Allen megayacht to aid recovery of British warship’s lost bell from 1941 sinking

Who said billionaire Paul Allen’s megayacht, The Octopus, was just for all night ragers and Antonio Banderas dance offs? Following Allen’s much ballyhooed docking at the London Olympics, the Microsoft co-founder will use his 414-foot yacht for the good of the British people. Partnering with the British Royal Navy, Allen’s crew will assist in the… Read More


Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen bankrolls Siluria in ambitious attempt to find an oil alternative

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s Vulcan Capital is co-leading a $30 million investment in Siluria Technologies, a San Francisco company that’s developing methods to convert natural gas into plastics, chemicals and transportation fuels. Siluria uses methane, which is the key component of natural gas and the world’s most abundant hydrocarbon, in a conversion process that includes advanced nanotechnology,… Read More


Bill Gates and Paul Allen: Friendship on the mend?

The publication of Paul Allen’s book last year reportedly caused a “rift” with his Microsoft co-founder, Bill Gates, over Allen’s unvarnished and at times very unflattering portrayal of Gates. But it looks they may have patched things up, in the spirit of the Olympics. At the very least, they’re hanging out again. A report this… Read More

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No joke: Justin Bieber, Paul Allen’s Vulcan sued over loudness at Portland concert

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has been tied up in all sorts of lawsuits during his technology career. That just goes with the territory when you become a multi-billionaire in the software industry. Lawsuits happen. But, we’ve got to say, this is among the most bizarre legal actions we’ve ever seen. (OK, perhaps just behind FunnyJunk’s lawyer… Read More

The Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering (Ed LaCasse photo)

Forget MIT and Stanford: UW computer science department wins high praise in NYT piece

A few weeks ago, I interviewed Madrona Venture Group’s Matt McIlwain and asked him pointedly to name one missing ingredient that’s holding back Seattle’s technology community. The veteran venture capitalist didn’t hesitate, suggesting that outsiders (and even Seattleites to some degree) don’t fully appreciate what’s being built around them. “The Pacific Northwest culture of humility… Read More


Paul Allen and Intel Capital bankroll Sand 9 to reduce dropped calls on cell phones

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s Vulcan Capital has joined with Intel Capital and other investors to bankroll Sand 9, a Cambridge, Massachusetts company working on technologies for micro-electromechanical systems or MEMS. The company says that its timing devices ensure synchronicity and stable operation in complex electronic devices such as smarthphones, tablet computers and communications infrastructure equipment. That… Read More


Evri spins out SportStream with $3.5M from Paul Allen

Seattle startup Evri was founded in 2007, designed to help people make better sense of news and information. A lot has changed since then, especially given the rise of tablets and mobile computers. Now, the company is evolving, announcing today that it has spun off a new social sports startup called SportStream with $3.5 million from… Read More

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Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’ just sold for $119 million, and Paul Allen isn’t the buyer

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen owns sports teams, massive yachts and even his own island, though that San Juan island property is currently for sale for $13.5 million. So, did the globe-trotting billionaire just supplement his many interests by picking up one of four copies of Edvard Munch’s classic painting The Scream? Allen was one of… Read More