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From Teen To Techie In Twenty-Four Hours

“When we’re children, we’re natural inventors…. When kids come out of college, what happened to that inventive capacity?”

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Move Along Stark Industries. Washington FIRST Robotics Rules the Robot World

“Robot! Robot!” Walk the halls of a high school in Washington state and you’ll likely hear this chant as Washington FIRST Robotics teams wheel hand-made robots from the maintenance pit to the arena (aka gymnasium). Though it may be a few years away from having the kind of March Madness style brackets and recognition, the remote-controlled bot games rival the excitement and passion of any basketball championship.

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Young Entrepreneurs Follow Their Dream Career from Malaysia to Silicon Valley

New ideas are only as promising as the people who are willing to explore them, test them, build them, and share them. In October 2013, 540 young entrepreneurs from over 100 countries dedicated 36 hours to exploring ideas at the Global Startup Youth (GSY) competition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Their goal: invent a mobile app solution for pressing problems in education, environment, health, and women’s empowerment.

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Staff Spotlight: Engineering in the Business of Invention

From lab scientists and patent lawyers to nuclear physicists and engineers, Intellectual Ventures employees share a passion for invention. Much like our inventive pursuits, our talent is also diverse.

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Reaching For Our Limits

As National Mentorship Month comes to an end, I want to take this opportunity to express my support for the millions of people across the country who are mentors as well as encourage others to see the impact they can make by becoming a mentor. 

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Nathan Myhrvold on Mentorship

In my early twenties, when I was a postdoctoral fellow at Cambridge University, I told my employer Stephen Hawking that I was going on a three month leave of absence. We were unlocking the mysteries of the universe together, and I wanted to part ways to go build a tech startup.

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Back to School with STEM

If you could start school from scratch, knowing you’d have access to 21st century technology, would you have pursued the same academic path? We tossed this question over to our Facebook community. Elisabeth said, “NO!!!!!! I would've been a comp sci major in a heartbeat!” Facebook fan Shane said, “I would have studied IP law.” 

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Washington Invests in STEM

Washington State has cultivated some of the most advanced technology companies in the world, from Boeing to Microsoft. For our home state advantage to continue, investments in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education must keep pace.

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Invention Starts with STEM

Patents have been a hot topic lately in the news and in Washington, D.C., so it’s an opportune time as we celebrate National Inventor’s Day to step back and remember the people behind the patents. After all, each patent is more than just a legal document – it represents the hard work and ingenuity of some of our world’s brightest minds. Looking through the annals of invention history, though, it’s clear that society is missing out. There is no shortage of problems to solve through invention, but women are underrepresented in the effort. 

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The Growth of STEM Education

Celebrating the advancement of education in science, technology, engineering and math (better known as STEM) is one of our company’s passions.

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IV Partners with Perkins Coie to Sponsor Equal Justice Works Fellowship

At IV, we’re committed to knowledge and learning—even outside our doors.  We believe that access to public education is every child’s right. Removing obstacles to education for homeless children and teens is the focus of the Equal Justice Works fellowship that we co-sponsor in partnership with Perkins Coie. The Equal Justice Works Fellowship Program funds attorneys to improve social justice on issues including immigration, civil rights, and homelessness.

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