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Paul Allen
Co-Founder of Microsoft Corporation.

ImageskudoSB300x665/00SideBar00300w.jpgPaul Gardener Allen (born January 21, 1953) is an entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist who first established himself by co-founding Microsoft Corporation with Bill Gates., a leading developer of personal-computer software systems and applications.
••• He is also the 48th richest person in the world along with Germán Larrea Mota-Velasco (and family) who ranks the same with an estimated wealth of $14.2 billion as of March 2012.
He is the founder and chairman of Vulcan Inc., which manages his business and philanthropic efforts.
••• Allen also has a multi-billion dollar investment portfolio which includes technology companies, real estate holdings, and stakes in other technology, media, and content companies, beside also owning two professional sports teams, the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL), and the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Additionally, he is part-owner of the Seattle Sounders FC, which joined Major League Soccer (MLS) in 2009. Allen's memoir Idea Man: A Memoir by the Cofounder of Microsoft was released on April April 19, 2011.

Feature Story 106smAllenSuesTechCompanies / "Like most early day Internet innovators of service marks ®™©, people like -- PC - Microsoft co-founder, Paul Allen, have filed law suits to collect service marks ®™© revenue now due and payable," says Mark Anderson, a member of the WiTEL®™© Quality Control Authority, in Los Angeles.
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for SERVICE MARK®™© Theft. THE LAW SUIT accuses Apple, Google, Facebook, AOL, Yahoo and others of infringing on intellectual property, (SERVICE MARKS ®™©) owned by his firm, "Interval Licensing."
••• The Paul Allen Legal Complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle on Friday, August 27, 2010, alleges that Apple Inc., Google Inc., Facebook Inc., AOL Inc., Yahoo Inc. and "others" have infringed, and still are using Interval Licensing intellectual property without permission.
••• The "Others" companies named, includes a virtual list of who's who of Silicon Valley and those other biggies the Internet industry, that have, and still are violating four of the firm's patents.
••• Bill Gates and Allen both founded Microsoft in 1975. Allen later left Microsoft to pursue other InterNet related ventures that included the investment firm Vulcan Ventures.
••• Interval Licensing was founded in 1992 by Allen and David Liddle, a venture capitalist and New York Times Co. board member.
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••• The Legal action alleges that the Interval Licensing, among other things, provided the initial research funding for Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, which "resulted in Google."
••• Interval Licensing alleges infringement of patents issued between 2000 and 2004, related to Internet browser technology and the display of information.
••• Other named defendants in the suit include EBay Inc., Netflix Inc., OfficeMax Inc. and Staples Inc.
••• Interval Licensing asks for unspecified damages and an injunction preventing the defendants from further infringement or "a royalty for post-judgment infringement."
••• Allen, who publicly disclosed that he'd been diagnosed with non- Hodgkin's lymphoma late last year, is the owner of the Portland Trail Blazers basketball team and the Seattle Seahawks football team.
••• He has remained a prolific inventor in his post-Microsoft years.
••• In addition to his work with Interval Licensing, Allen has contributed to inventions patented by Intellectual Ventures, the intellectual property firm run by former Microsoft executive Nathan Myhrvold.
••• Intellectual Ventures has churned out tens of thousands of patents and has drawn criticism for its focus on patenting inventions, as opposed to making or selling products based on those inventions. Such "non-practicing" entities are often blamed for the rise in patent litigation, though Intellectual Ventures has not directly filed litigation over its intellectual property. • CLICK FOR MORE Paul Allen Law Suit STORY

02 TimeLine /Paul Allen
1953 - Born on January 21, in Seattle, Washington, to parents Kenneth Samuel Allen, an associate director of the University of Washington libraries, and Edna Faye (née Gardner).
1967 - Attended Lakeside School, a private school in Seattle, and befriended Bill Gates, who was almost three years younger and shared a common enthusiasm for computers. Allen and Gates and a small group of other Lakeside students begin programming in BASIC, using a teletype terminal. Allen went on to attend Washington State University, though he dropped out after two years to pursue his and Gates' dream of writing software commercially for the new "personal computers."
1971 - After graduating from Lakeside, enrolls at Washington State University, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity but dropped out after two years in order to work as a programmer for Honeywell in Boston. Allen later convinced Gates to drop out of Harvard University in order to create Microsoft.
1972 - Allen and Gates purchased the next generation of the chip, the 8008, for $360. It was the main component of a special computer they built to measure traffic volumes for cities. Gates and Allen formed the Traf-O-Data company to sell the machines. The venture was short-lived but gave the duo important experience running a business and writing a special version of BASIC, a simple, interactive
1974 - Allen left Washington State University to accept a job as a programmer with Honeywell in Boston.
1975 - Allen and Gates write the first microcomputer BASIC for the Altair, a computer kit based on Intel's new 8080 chip. They move to Albuquerque, N.M., where Altair's producer MITS makes Allen its associate director of software. Allen divides his time between MITS and a new company he and Gates have started to develop and market microcomputer languages: Micro Soft.
1975 - Allen and Gates found Microsoft initially "Micro Soft") in Albuquerque, New Mexico and began marketing a BASIC programming language interpreter. Allen came up with the original name of "Micro-Soft," as recounted in a 1995 Fortune magazine article. In 1980, after promising to deliver IBM a Disk Operating System (DOS) they had not yet developed for the Intel 8088-based IBM PC, Allen spearheaded a deal for Microsoft to purchase a Quick and Dirty Operating System (QDOS) written by Tim Paterson who, at the time, was employed at Seattle Computer Products. As a result of this transaction, Microsoft was able to secure a contract to supply the DOS that would eventually run on IBM's PC line. This contract with IBM was the watershed in Microsoft history that led to Allen and Gates' wealth.
2006/ImagesPersonOfTheWeek/61paulallenPW108Web.jpg1975 - Microsoft officially established on April 4, 1975, with Gates as the CEO.
1977 - First Microsoft international office in Japan. The company formed an agreement with ASCII Magazine in Japan, resulting in its first international office, "ASCII Microsoft"
1979 - Microsoft moves from Albuquerque to a new home in Bellevue, Washington.
1980 - Microsoft agrees to develop and license DOS and BASIC to IBM for its new personal computer. Gates and Allen discuss graphical user interfaces, planting the seeds that will become Windows.
1980 - In the late 1980s, Allen donated US$18 million to build a new library at the University of Washington, named after his father, Kenneth S. Allen .
1982 - Allen was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in 1982. His cancer was successfully treated by several months of radiation therapy. However, he did not return to Microsoft and began distancing himself from the company. Allen officially resigned from his position on the Microsoft board in November 2000 but was asked to consult as a senior strategy advisor to the company's executives. He sold 68 million shares of Microsoft stock that year, but still owns a reported 138 million shares.
1983 - Leaves Microsoft in 1983
1984 - Founded Asymetrix, a software development company based in Belleuve, Washington, to make application development tools that nonprogrammers can use. Asymetrix later went on to become Click2learn.com and yet later merged with Docent to become Sum Total System (2004). In the 1990's the company began to specialize in software for developing and delivering computer-based learning.
1986 - Vulcan Ventures is founded by Paul Allen to manage his investments.
1992 - Allen started Starwave, a producer of online content sites. Starwave did such great work for ESPN SportsZone and ABCNews.com that Disney (NYSE: DIS) bought it for a total of $350 million.
1992 - Allen and David Liddle cofounded Interval Research Corporation, a Silicon Valley-based laboratory and new business incubator that was dissolved in 2000 after generating over 300 patents, four of which were the subject of Allen's August 2010 patent infringement lawsuit against AOL, Apple, eBay, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples, Yahoo!, and YouTube.
1993 - In 1993, Paul Allen invested $243 million to acquire 80% of Ticketmaster. Under his ownership, Ticketmaster moved into the Internet in two phases: it started in June 1995 by displaying a searchable database of Ticketmaster's events; on September 11, 1996, the first transaction came in. The company went public on 19 November 1996. In 1997, David Geffen introduced Barry Diller to Paul Allen, who was increasingly frustrated at Fred Rosen, Ticketmaster's CEO, and was looking for a change at the helm: in May, Home Shopping Network acquired 47.5% of Allen's stock for $209 million worth of HSN stock
1997 - Allen's foundation awarded US$3.2 million for prostatitis research in 1997.
1998 - Allen buys Marcus Cable, the nation's 10th largest cable company, for $2.8 billion--his biggest investment to date. Also this year Allen grabbed a stake of the Internet video-sales market with his purchase of Hollywood Entertainment. And he took another software group public, namely Asymetrix Learning Systems, maker of products for online classes.
1999 - Washington State University bestowed its highest honor, the Regents' Distinguished Alumnus Award, upon him.
2000 - Allen officially resigned from his position on the Microsoft board in November 2000 but was asked to consult as a senior strategy advisor to the company's executives. He sold 68 million shares of Microsoft stock that year, but still owns a reported 138 million shares.
2000 - Microsoft Corp. announced that Paul Allen is assuming a new role as senior strategy adviser to top Microsoft executives.
2000 - Interval Research Corporation, a Silicon Valley-based laboratory and new business incubator (cofounded by Allen and David Liddle) was dissolved after generating over 300 patents, four of which were the subject of Allen's August 2010 patent infringement lawsuit against AOL, Apple, eBay, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples, Yahoo!, and YouTube.
2002 - Paul G. Allen Family Foundation gives a $1.0 million grant for prostatitis research.
2003 - Vulcan Ventures began funding Project Halo, an attempt to apply Artificial Intelligence techniques to the problem of producing a digital Aristotle that might serve as a mentor, providing comprehensive access to the world's knowledge.
2003 - With his sister, Jo Lynn Allen, Paul Allen pledged $100 million to found the Allen Institute for Brain Science, a nonprofit corporation and medical research organization. Founded the Allen Institute of Brain Science.
2003 - Donated US$5 million to establish the Faye G. Allen Center for Visual Arts, named after his mother.
2003 - In December 2003 he announced that he was the sponsor behind the SpaceShipOne private rocket plane venture from Scaled Composites, as part of the ANSARI X PRIZE competition.
2004 - In June 2004, SpaceShipOne became the first successful commercial spacecraft when it passed the 100 kilometer threshold of space.
2004 - Opened the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame, located at the Experience Music Project.
2004 - Allen confirmed that he was the sole investor behind Burt Rutan's Scaled Composites' SpaceShipOne suborbital commercial spacecraft on October 4, 2004. SpaceShipOne climbed to an altitude of 377,591 feet (115,090 m) and was the first privately funded effort to successfully put a civilian in suborbital space. It won the Ansari X Prize competition and received the $10 million prize.
2004 - As of this year he is ranked by Forbes magazine as the fifth richest, worth an estimated $21 billion, $5 billion of which is in Microsoft stock.
2004 - Allen is the owner of the Portland Trail Blazers (an NBA basketball team) and the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. He also owns Rose Garden Arena, the home court of the NBA Blazers team. Due to declining attendance in 2002 and 2003, as well as difficulties renegotiating the terms of a 1993 loan, the Rose Garden corporation filed for bankruptcy on February 27, 2004.
2005 - Allen is known for throwing huge, celebrity-studded parties on his yacht, such as a 2005 New Year's Eve party in which he and his band played Johnny Cash songs with R&B star Usher. His band also played at another party he hosted during the Cannes film festival with keyboardist Dave Stewart.
2007 - South Lake Union. Allen was a key developer and investor in the development of the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle as a biotechnology hub and mixed-use community. He was also the largest private landowner in South Lake Union and owns nearly 2,600,000 square feet (240,000 m2) in the neighborhood. The South Lake Union redevelopment represents one of the largest urban revitalization projects in the country. Allen has made investments estimated at US$200 million as of 2005, and promoted for city funding of the Seattle Streetcar line known as South Lake Union Streetcar, which runs from Seattle's Westlake Center to the south end of Lake Union.The Streetcar is a public and private partnership made possible because of a Local Improvement District (LID) supported by businesses and residents along the line; it officially started operation on December 12, 2007. This development has been criticized as a city-supported real estate investment for Vulcan Inc., and concerns over the loss of low-income housing have been expressed.
2007 - In 2007 and 2008, Allen was listed among the Time 100 Most Influential People in The World.
2007 - Paul Allen has received awards and honorary degrees from several universities. He received a Docteur honoris causa from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne on March 31, 2007.
2008 - He received the Vanguard Award from the National Cable & Telecommunications Association on May 20, 2008.
2008 - The Seattle-King County Association of Realtors honored Paul Allen for his "unwavering commitment to nonprofit organizations in the Pacific Northwest and lifetime giving approaching US$1 billion."
2008 - On October 26, Paul Allen was given the Herbie Hancock Humanitarian Award from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz for his "visionary achievements as a businessman and a global philanthropist."
2008 - On July 16, Allen launched a $ 41 million online "Allen Spinal Cord Atlas" mouse gene map. Allan Jones, chief scientific officer, said: "The Allen Spinal Cord Atlas offers profound potential for researchers to unlock the mysteries of the spinal cord and how it is altered during disease or injury." The spinal cord atlas is set up like the Allen Institute's earlier atlas of the mouse brain. The Map could reveal new treatments for human neurological disorders. The map points researchers toward places where genes are active
2009 - Jody Allen, Paul Allen's sister and the CEO of Vulcan made public that Paul had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a form of cancer in the lymph system. As of October 2010, he has been free of cancer.
2009 - Paul Allen received a special merit award from the Oregon Sports Authority.
2010 - It was announced that Paul Allen had pledged $26 million to his alma mater, Washington State University, for its School for Global Animal Health. The gift would be the largest received by the university.
2010 - Allen launched the Allen Human Brain Atlas, a publicly available online atlas charting genes at work throughout the human brain. The data provided represent the most extensive and detailed body of information about gene activity in the human brain to date, documenting which genes are expressed, or "turned on" where.
2010 - Filed patent infringement lawsuit against AOL, Apple, eBay, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples, Yahoo!, and YouTube.
2011 - Allen's yacht is 12th in the list of motor yachts by length. The yacht is equipped with two helicopters, two submarines, a swimming pool, a music studio and a basketball court. Allen also owns Tatoosh, one of the world's 100 largest yachts.
2011 - Announced Stratolaunch Systems. Stratolaunch is a proposed orbital launch system consisting of a dual-bodied, 6 engine jet aircraft, capable of carrying a rocket to high altitude; the rocket would then separate from its carrier aircraft and fire its own engines to complete its climb into orbit. The carrier aircraft would utilize carbon composites as well as 747 jet engines and parts. If successful, this project would be the first wholly privately funded space transport system
2011 - Paul and Jo Lynn Allen are the owners and executive producers of Vulcan Productions, a filmmaking company headquartered in Seattle. Vulcan Productions' mission is to initiate, develop and finance independent film projects of substance and enduring significance. Their projects support the passionate vision of the artist, while challenging and celebrating the world of ideas and human values. Their films have received prestigious recognition, ranging from a Peabody to Independent Spirit Awards to Golden Globes, Emmys and Grammys, and have also been nominated for Academy Awards, among many others.
2011 - Vulcan Productions' Web-based project, Success at the Core, is providing a comprehensive professional toolkit that helps middle school leadership teams and teachers elevate classroom instruction for significantly improved student success.
2011 - Vulcan Productions' This Emotional Life won three medals at the 2011 New York Festival Television and Film Awards. They include: Gold Medal for Film Production; Gold Medal for Health/Medical Information; Silver World Medal for Direction ("Facing Our Fears" episode).
2012 - A report in February, 2012, named Allen as the most charitable living American in 2011. Allen's donations, totaling $372.6 million, were beat out by only two others, both of them are deceased.
2012 - Allen continues the funding of the Allen Institute for Brain Science with a contribution of $300 million to look at how we see.

03. Special Feature / Paul Allen Lifetime Achievement & His Endowment Fund
OVER TWENTY FIVE YEARS AGO, that's when a Honeywell engineer living in Boston was browsing through the January issue of Popular Electronics, when he noticed a story about the MITS Altair 8800, the first well-publicized personal computer.
-----He went to a high school friend, then attending Harvard, and suggested they port a version of the BASIC language that they had written in high school to this new machine.
-----The two men were Paul Allen and Bill Gates, and the rest, of course, is history. The company they created to sell that software was Microsoft, undoubtedly the most influential force in the history of personal computing.
-----Even when others were focusing on hardware, Gates and Allen had a vision of software as a force of crucial importance in the computer industry and as a potentially huge business. Soon, the company was selling BASIC and other languages on many different platforms. In 1980, IBM hired Microsoft to produce PC-DOS, an OS that Microsoft resold as MS-DOS.
-----From there, Microsoft's successes have been legendary. It was one of the first companies to aggressively develop Macintosh software, giving it an entry into the design of products for environments with a graphical user interface. A]ong the way, the company broadenedits line to include everything from operating systems to entertainment software.
-----Not everything was successful immediately, but Microsoft gained a deserved reputation as an extremely tough and aggressive company that would try and try again.
-----Perhaps its greatest success has been in moving the entire PC industry from the character-oriented world of DOS to the graphical world of Windows. which first shipped ten years ago. Despite limited initial success and competition from other graphical systems, Microsoft continued developing Windows. Its runaway success began with Windows 3.0 released in May 1990, and it has reached new heights in the Windows 95 juggernaut we saw this year.
-----Microsoft leveraged its successes into other areas as well, combining its Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access products into the awesomely successful Microsoft Office applications suite. It has also created a huge line of consumer titles.
-----Gates bas headed the company throughout its life, providing both business and technical leadership. Allen left the company in 1983 but has remained on the board of directors. Since then, he has founded or been a major investor in a variety of innovative and successful computer ventures, including Asymetrix Corp., c/net: the computer network, Interval Research Corp., and Starwave Corp. With their technical leadership and vision going back 20 years, Bill Gates and Paul Allen have made an immeasurable contribution to the PC industry.

Paul G. Allen family Fund
-----Dramatic natural beauty, open spaces, and a distinctive history lend the Pacific Northwest a special sensibility. Open-mindedness, individualism, a willingness to take risks - these are our natural resources too. Having made the region our home for many years, the Allen family has a deep commitment to improving the quality of life here, and we do so in a way that reflects that Northwestern spirit.
----- We decided that supporting nonprofit organizations already conducting good work would be the smartest, swiftest method to achieve results. That long-ago decision has been an enduring one; funding effective organizations remains the premise from which our foundation operates.
-----When we opened Vulcan's offices in 1986, our first order of business was to establish a charitable foundation that would address some of the needs we saw in our community. Despite our enthusiasm, we knew we couldn't take on all the work ourselves.
----- But recent changes in the national economy have harshly impacted America's nonprofit organizations, making philanthropy more critical to their survival than ever before. To make the most of our resources and give the most effective support to nonprofits in our region, we now take a more comprehensive and systematic approach to our charitable giving.
----- We weigh the risks against the potential for a good return. We consider the leadership and track record of the organizations we support. And we offer our collaborative counsel as they plan their strategies for success. We undertake these tactics because we have a vested interest in the outcome: our grantees' success means progress towards an improved quality of life.
-----This emphasis on measurable success brought changes to our Foundation's program structure this year. Much of our funding will still embrace areas we have always supported, but our new configuration aligns them into four priority areas including:

  • Nurturing the arts and cultural endeavors;
  • Engaging children more deeply in the learning process;
  • Responding to the needs of vulnerable populations; and
  • Advancing scientific and technological discoveries that expand our understanding of the universe.-----

----- We believe these priorities are fundamental to building healthy communities and advancing social progress. In addition, our intent is to transcend existing boundaries of knowledge and inspire new ways of thinking.
-----We think the Foundation's newly targeted approach and alignment will have a profound impact on the work our grantees can accomplish translating into opportunities for personal and artistic inquiry, academic achievement, community development, scientific breakthroughs, and more.
-----For nearly fifteen years, our Foundation has acted as a catalyst for learning, discovery and achievement in the Pacific Northwest. In the new century, we hope our work will extend beyond this time and place improving the lives of generations to come.
Paul G. Allen

Chairman, Vulcan Northwest (2003 No. 11 / 2005 )

aul Allen & His SpaceShipOne Investment
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, center, shakes hands with test pilot Brian Binnie as Burt Rutan, founder of Scaled Composites, looks on at right
MOJAVE, California (AP) -- A rocket plane broke the sound barrier during its first powered flight, but the achievement was marred by a partial landing gear collapse that caused it to veer off a desert runway. SpaceShipOne test pilot Brian Binnie was not injured, and the builder, Scaled Composites LLC, said damage to the craft will be easily repaired. The company said the test on Wednesday was a milestone because it marked the first manned supersonic flight by an aircraft developed by a small company's private, non-governmental effort.
••• The craft is being developed by famed aviation designer Burt Rutan for flights to altitudes of 62 miles above Earth. The flights would be suborbital: high enough to be in space but not fast enough to be in orbit.
••• SpaceShipOne was developed in secret for two years before it was unveiled in April.Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen told The Associated Press Wednesday that he is backing the project. He put the size of his investment in the "tens of millions" of dollars.
••• "It's just an amazing thing," Allen said. "It shows what private technology can do when you've got really creative people trying to push the boundaries of what's possible."
••• SpaceShipOne was carried by a specially designed jet aircraft to an altitude of 48,000 feet Wednesday morning before being released.
-••• The craft was traveling near Mach 1.2 when the rocket shut down after firing for a total of 15 seconds. Binnie then put the craft into a vertical climb that topped out at 68,000 feet, the company said Binnie reconfigured the craft to its conventional shape and glided to touchdown when the left landing gear collapsed.
••• Success could bring Rutan a $10 million prize pledged to the first privately funded manned space flight. His cutting-edge designs include the first plane to make a nonstop, unrefueled flight around the world.

• Paul Allen, born, January 21, 1953

• Net Worth: 2007 $21 bil

• Country of citizenship: United States

• Residence: Mercer Island,  WA,  United States

• Web Address: www.paulallen.com

• Industry: Software

• Marital Status: single

Paul Allen knows what he likes, and he buys it.
A 150-ft. yacht, an Impressionist art collection, the Seattle Seahawks. But when it comes to tech, Allen's particular taste really gets him places. After co-founding Microsoft in 1975 and engineering such breakthrough products as MS-DOS and Word, Allen left the company in 1983 to battle Hodgkin's disease. Since then he has practiced an investment strategy based on his vision of a "wired world," linking entertainment with technology.
----- 1998 POWER PLAY These days, like Gates, Allen is betting on the potential of cable in the years ahead. In April he gobbled up Marcus Cable, the nation's 10th largest cable company, for $2.8 billion--his biggest investment to date. Also this year Allen grabbed a stake of the Internet video-sales market with his purchase of Hollywood Entertainment. And he took another software group public. This time it's Asymetrix Learning Systems, maker of products for online classes.
----- PLACE YOUR BETS You can't invest in Vulcan Northwest, but you can invest in Allen's ideas. His investment strategies are already proving as prescient as his work on a little program called Windows back in 1983. Get your own stake in some of his picks such as reel.com, U.S. Satellite Broadcasting and wireless-networking company Metricom.
----- Images Paul Allen (left) and Burt Rutan discuss results of a recent test flight of SpaceShipOne.Business end of SpaceShipOne includes hybrid rocket motor, along with a novel tail section.
----- CREDIT: Scaled Composites Pilot Mike Melvill controls SpaceShipOne during sixth glide to a desert landing strip.
----- CREDIT: Scaled CompositesMojave Airport is headed for spaceport status. Image Courtesy: Mojave AirportJust after landing Space ShipOne on May 13 flight.
----- Pilot Mike Melvill describes the experience while Scaled Composites chief Burt Rutan and crew chief Steve Losey listen. Note color stripes on leading edge of wing to measure aerodynamic heating on the craft's thermal protection system. Scaled Composites   

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Investor and philanthropist Paul G. Allen
creates and advances world-class projects and high-impact initiatives that change and improve the way people live, learn, work and experience the world through arts, education, entertainment, sports, business and technology.
----- He co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates in 1976, remained the company's chief technologist until he left Microsoft in 1983, and is the founder and chairman of Vulcan Inc. and chairman of Charter Communications (a broadband communications company).
----- In addition, Allen's multibillion dollar investment portfolio includes large stakes in DreamWorks SKG, Oxygen Media and more than 40 other technology, media and content companies. Allen also owns the Seattle Seahawks NFL and Portland Trail Blazers NBA franchises.
-----Named one of the top 10 philanthropists in America, Allen gives back to the community through the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, whose mission is to transform lives and strengthen communities by fostering innovation, creating knowledge and promoting social progress.
----- Allen is also the sponsor of SpaceShipOne, the first civilian effort to successfully put man in suborbital space; founder of Experience Music Project, Seattle's critically acclaimed interactive music museum; the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame; the $100 million Allen Institute for Brain Science and its cutting-edge Allen Brain Atlas initiative, and Vulcan Productions, the independent film production company behind Todd Haynes' Far From Heaven, the Evolution series on PBS, and the award-winning film series, The Blues, executive produced by Martin Scorsese in conjunction with Allen and Jody Patton.

04 ByLines: TVI Bylines / About Paul Allen and the Bill Gates / Microsoft Link
When Allen teamed up with Gates that Microsoft was created.
----- Allen Paul Allen (14 years old) met Bill Gates (12 years old) at Lakeside prep school in Seattle when they were both students attending the school. Lakeside prep had recently decided to acquaint its students with the world of computers, but, since computers were extremely expensive, had a fundraiser to purchase computer time on a DEC PDP-10 owned by General Electric.
----- It was on this computer that Gates, Allen, and a few other Lakeside students discovered computing, and, soon thereafter, programming. The young boys used up all the computing time the school had purchased and began falling behind in their classes.
-----Luckily for the boys, Computer Center Corporation opened and struck a deal with Lakeside prep so that the school could use their computer at discounted prices. Gates and Allen quickly became hackers: causing the system to crash, breaking the computer's security system, and even altering files that recorded the amount of computer time they were using.
----- Once discovered, the boys were banned from the Computer Center Corporation for several weeks. This, however, turned out to be a blessing for both the Computer Center and the boys. When the Center began having problems with their computers and business was beginning to suffer, the company, impressed with their abilities, decided to hire the boys to find bugs and expose weaknesses in the system. In turn the boys would receive unlimited computer time use.
-----After a few years and a handful of small business ventures, Gates and Allen decided to start their own company: Traf-O-Data. They built a small computer that was used to help measure traffic flow; they grossed about $20,000 from this project.
----- Allen enrolled in Washington State University, and Traf-O-Data lasted until Gates moved back east to attend Harvard. The two young men stayed in close contact and, eventually, Allen moved closer to Gates in order to act on some of their ideas.
----- Allen encouraged Gates to open a software company with him, but Gates remained unsure until Allen came to him with an issue of Popular Electronics. On the cover of the magazine was a picture of the Altair 8080 with a headline the read, "World's First Microcomputer Kit to Rival Commercial Models."
-----Gates and Allen recognized this as their opportunity because they knew that the home computer market would soon explode. Within a few days Gates contacted the makers of the Altair, Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems (MITS), and convinced the company that he and Allen had developed a BASIC that could be used on the Altair.
----- Although they had done nothing of the sort, MITS believed them, and the young men set to work on producing what they had promised. Neither Allen nor Gates had ever even seen an Altair, but, nevertheless, in eight weeks, the men took their program to MITS.
----- The first time that they tested their BASIC would be during their presentation to the company; if something in the code was faulty, now would be the time they discovered it. Luckily, the program worked and MITS immediately purchased the rights to their BASIC. Allen and Gates knew that the software market had been born, and, within a year, Gates had dropped out of Harvard and he and Allen had founded Microsoft.
-----Allen contributed to the company from the beginning and was still around to discuss graphical user interfaces, and thus plant the seeds of what would eventually become Windows. However, he was forced to leave Microsoft in 1983, after developing Hodgkin's disease. Allen has been awarded the Life-Time Achievement Award by PC Magazine, and was recently inducted into the Computer museum Hall of Fame.
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