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

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

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Amazon’s rapid expansion in Seattle continues with two more 12-story office buildings is expanding its Seattle footprint yet again. Vulcan, the investment arm of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, is planning to build two 12-story office buildings for Amazon’s South Lake Union headquarters. The first building, which Vulcan calls “Amazon Phase VII,” will be 301,000 square-feet on the east side of 9th Ave. N. between Republican Street and Harrison… Read More


Amazon buying Seattle HQ from Paul Allen for $1.16B

This just in: is purchasing its existing Seattle headquarters campus in South Lake Union from Paul Allen’s Vulcan Inc. for more than $1.1 billion, according to a regulatory filing just made public. From the filing … The Company entered into purchase and sale agreements to acquire 11 buildings comprising 1.8 million square feet 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

Paul Allen

Paul Allen’s Vulcan cuts 20 jobs

Vulcan, the Seattle-based investment arm of billionaire and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, today laid off 20 staffers, GeekWire has learned. “We communicated the tough decision today to lay off 20 people as we realign some functions with the company’s emerging priorities,” said Vulcan spokesman David Postman. Allen has been in the news recently, donating $300… Read More


Online real estate brokerage Redfin scores $14 million

We heard rumblings last week that Redfin — the Seattle online real estate broker — was out looking for new financing. Well, it’s official. The company announced today that Globespan Capital Partners has led a $14.8 million investment, with existing investors Madrona Venture Group, Vulcan Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Greylock Partners also participating. Total funding… Read More


Maker of free Facebook casino game doubles down on Seattle

DoubleDown Interactive is well, doubling down, on Seattle. The company, maker of one of the top casino games on Facebook, announced today that it is moving its headquarters to Vulcan’s 505 Union Station building near Pioneer Square. It also announced the hiring of Peter Anderson — formerly of Big Fish Games — as vice president… Read More