Vulcan Inc.

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Vulcan Inc.
Type Private
Founded 1986
Founder(s) Paul Allen
Headquarters Seattle, Washington, USA
Key people Paul Allen, Jody Allen
Owner(s) Paul Allen
Subsidiaries Charter Communications, Rose City Radio Corporation, Seattle Seahawks, Portland Trail Blazers, Mojave Aerospace Ventures (among others)

Vulcan Inc. is an investment and project management company founded in 1986 by Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, to manage his investments. It is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.


The following is a partial list of investments made by Vulcan.[1]


Museums, theatres, and galleries[edit]

Real estate[edit]

Technology and medicine[edit]

Technology ventures[edit]

Vulcan, Inc. has also directly led some technology projects, including the following:

Wireless spectrum[edit]

Vulcan Spectrum, a branch of Vulcan, Inc., participated in the United States 2008 wireless spectrum auction, paying $69 million for "A Block" spectrum in the Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton area, and $43.6 million for "A Block" spectrum in Portland-Salem.[5]

Vulcan FlipStart[edit]

In 2003, Vulcan began developing the Vulcan FlipStart, a subnotebook with a 5.6-inch screen. The company began to manufacture and sell the FlipStart in March 2007, and ceased production in May 2008.[6]

Project Halo[edit]

Project Halo[7] was a project that ran from 2002 to 2013, with the goal of creating a "digital Aristotle" that can correctly answer queries about scientific information, using artificial intelligence technology. Project Halo led to a number of spinoff technologies, including the wiki software bundle SMW+, the Semantic Inferencing on Large Knowledge (SILK) project[8] and the Automated User-Centered Reasoning and Acquisition System (AURA).[9]


  1. ^ Who Owns What: Vulcan, Columbia Journalism Review
  2. ^ Sunnucks, Mike (2010-06-17). "Paul Allen's Vulcan Inc. pays $35M for Tempe building". 
  3. ^ Paur, Jason (2011-12-13). "Microsoft Billionaire Paul Allen Launches New Space Venture". Wired (New York). Archived from the original on 2011-12-14. Retrieved 2011-12-20. 
  4. ^ Mecham, Michael; Frank Morring, Jr. (2011-12-20). "Allen Places Big Bet On Air Launches". Aviation Week. Retrieved 2011-12-23. "the ... team is still working through details of how to progress toward its 2016 first launch." 
  5. ^ » Verizon Gets the “C” Block
  6. ^ Is FlipStart closing up shop?, Joshua Topolsky, Engadget, May 4, 2008
  7. ^ Project Halo homepage
  8. ^ SILK homepage
  9. ^ "Automated User-Centered Reasoning and Acquisition System". Artificial Intelligence Center. SRI International. Retrieved 2013-06-13.