Hacker News 46 – Nathan Myhrvold

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Hacker News 46 – Nathan Myhrvold

July 18, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Our July Meetup will feature Nathan Myhrvold, former Chief Strategist & Chief Technology Officer at Microsoft, and present Cofounder of Intellectual Ventures, a $6 billion, 40,000 asset Intellectual Property portfolio/patent development and deployment business.

From his article on Intellectual Venture’s “invention capital market” purpose & business model:

“What we’re really trying to do is create a capital market for inventions akin to the venture capital market that supports start-ups and the private equity market that revitalizes inefficient companies. Our goal is to make applied research a profitable activity that attracts vastly more private investment than it does today so that the number of inventions generated soars.

A functioning invention capital market and industry can enable inventors around the globe to create hundreds of thousands more inventions each year than are being made today. Sure, some of those inventions will be silly or useless. But what matters is the top 1% that will make our lives vastly richer and better. Create an invention capital market, nurture an invention capital industry, and the resulting virtuous cycle will surely transform the world.”
– https://hbr.org/2010/03/the-big-idea-funding-eureka


Official Bio:

“Dr. Nathan Myhrvold founded Intellectual Ventures (IV) in 2000 after retiring from his position as chief strategist and chief technology officer of Microsoft Corp. During his 14-year tenure at Microsoft, Myhrvold helped spearhead many of the company’s most successful products and founded Microsoft Research.

Today, Myhrvold is focused on building a market for invention, where inventors realize the value of their ideas. Under his leadership, IV manages one of the largest and fastest growing intellectual property (IP) portfolios in the world, with more than 40,000 assets and more than $6 billion in total committed capital. IV’s investors include many of the world’s most innovative companies and renowned academic and research institutions.

Myhrvold earned a postdoctoral fellowship from the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at Cambridge University while working with Professor Stephen Hawking on research in cosmology, quantum field theory in “curved spacetime” and quantum theories of gravitation. Prior to Cambridge, Myhrvold earned a doctorate in theoretical and mathematical physics, and a master’s degree in mathematical economics from Princeton University.

In 2005, in recognition of his distinguished career, Princeton awarded Myhrvold the James Madison Medal, the university’s highest honor for alumni. Myhrvold also holds a master’s degree in geophysics and space physics, and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of California, Los Angeles. Myhrvold is an avid inventor himself and holds hundreds of issued patents.”
– www.intellectualventures.com/about/leadership/nathan-myhrvold


July 18, 2018
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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