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Idea Man : author Paul Allen in conversation with Jose Antonio Vargas

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Moving image




Allen, Paul, Speaker
Intel, Sponsor
Vargas, Jose Antonio, Speaker


Computer History Museum

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Mountain View, California






Event abstract:

In 2007 and 2008, Time named Paul Allen one of the hundred most influential people in the world. His impact has been felt in science, technology, business, medicine, sports, music, and philanthropy. His passion, curiosity, and intellectual rigor - combined with the resources to launch and support new initiatives - have literally changed the world.

In 2009 Allen discovered that he had lymphoma, lending urgency to his desire to share his story for the first time. In this long-awaited memoir, Allen explains how he has solved problems, what he's learned from his many endeavors--both the triumphs and the failures--and his compelling vision for the future. He reflects candidly on an extraordinary life. The book also features previously untold stories about everything from the true origins of Microsoft to Allen's role in the dawn of private space travel (with SpaceShipOne) and in discoveries at the frontiers of brain science.

Paul Allen co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates. He is the chairman of Vulcan Inc. and founder of the Allen Institute for Brain Science. He also owns the Seattle Seahawks and the Portland Trail Blazers and is co-owner of the Seattle Sounders pro soccer team.

Join us for a fascinating glimpse into Paul Allen's life and work, with the award-winning multimedia journalist, Jose Antonio Vargas.

This event is part of our 2011 lecture series celebrating Revolutionaries, featuring conversations with and about some of the most distinguished thinkers in the computing field. The Revolutionaries lecture series complements the launch of the Computer History Museum's permanent exhibition, Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing.

Watch this event on the Computer History Museum's YouTube channel.


Lecture; Sponsored


Allen, Paul; Microsoft Corporation; SpaceShipOne; Vulcan Inc.

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CHM Lecture Collection

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