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Wall Street Journal: Satellite Project Draws Airbus, SoftBank, Bill Gates as Investors

Airbus SE and two of the world’s most recognizable tech billionaires, Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates and SoftBank Group Corp. chief executive Masayoshi Son, propose to build and launch some 500 small satellites intended to provide unmatched video coverage of the globe.

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GeekWire: Bill Gates, Airbus and SoftBank invest in satellite video startup that wants to help us ‘see and understand the Earth live and unfiltered’

The latest spinout from Intellectual Ventures, EarthNow, says it’s coming out of stealth mode with backing from Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and other high-profile investors.

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The Seattle Times: Intellectual Ventures ramps up push to commercialize inventions

The company says its ISF Incubator will work with entrepreneurs to create and nurture companies based on its numerous patents.

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GeekWire: Help wanted: Intellectual Ventures sets up ISF Incubator to commercialize discoveries

Calling all entrepreneurs: Intellectual Ventures is launching a new business unit called ISF Incubator to match up its inventions with outsiders who can turn them into breakthrough businesses.

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Accelerating Impact

ISF Incubator calls for entrepreneurs who want to bring next-generation tech to big markets

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The Evolution of the Seattle Startup Scene

Intellectual Ventures, the Bellevue intellectual property company cofounded by Microsoft veteran Nathan Myhrvold, has spun off many startup companies with such exotic names as Terra Power, Kymeta and Echodyne. Last September, it launched Xinova to help startups and corporations with new product development.

read more @ Seattle Business Magazine

Kymeta reports successful sea trials for antennas; gears up for broadband service

Kymeta Corp. — a company based in Redmond, Wash. and backed by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates — says it’s conducted successful sea trials of its streamlined antenna system for broadband communications.

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Metro Tests a New Security Screening System Designed to Detect Threats in Seconds

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority teamed up with the Transportation Security Administration and Evolv Technology to test a new weapon screening system Wednesday at Union Station.

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Intellectual Ventures spinoff Pivotal raises $17M from Bill Gates, others

Intellectual Ventures spinout Pivotal Commware announces a $17 million funding round Friday, led by The Thermo Companies and DIG Investment, with participation from Microsoft co-founder Gates, Lux Capital and real estate investor Barry Sternlicht.

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Intellectual Ventures spinout raises $17 million from Bill Gates, others

Bellevue-based Intellectual Ventures spinout Pivotal Commware raised $17 million from investors including Bill Gates, satellite company Globalstar’s majority owner and the family office of real estate mogul Barry Sternlicht.

read more @ the Puget Sound Business Journal