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Gary Flake

Gary Flake, a former technical fellow at Microsoft who up until last fall ran the company’s Live Labs research group, has emerged at the helm of a new Bellevue startup company called Clipboard. A filing with the SEC today indicates that the company has raised $1.3 million in financing, though investors in the startup were not disclosed.

In fact, very little is known about what Flake is doing. GeekWire reached out to the computer scientist to learn more, and he said that he’s not looking for any PR at the moment.

Flake joined Microsoft in 2005, but left last year after the company disbanded Live Labs. Prior to Microsoft, Flake ran the research groups at Yahoo and Overture Services.

He’s also the author of The Computational Beauty of Nature, described in a subtitle as “computer explorations of fractals, chaos, complex systems and adaptation.”

Flake also has an eclectic set of interests, which according to his Web site includes rescuing pitbulls and once being named a regional wrestling champ. His Twitter account, @Flakenstein, offers few clues as to what he might be doing at Clipboard where he’s listed as president and CEO.

But given Flake’s background, this one should be very interesting to watch. Stay tuned.

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