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28 January 2009

Inventing the future

Nathan Myhrvold *83 has one of the premier résumés of the digital age. He didn’t merely work in software; he founded Microsoft Research and spent 13 years as an all-purpose sage and eccentric genius at the side of Bill Gates.

16 September 2008

Transcript: Myhrvold of Intellectual Ventures

WSJ's Amol Sharma sat down with Nathan Myhrvold, founder and CEO of Intellectual Ventures, at his Bellevue, Wash., headquarters. They discussed going to court to enforce patents, targeting the company's own investors for patent infringement and the return curve on nuclear reactor technology.

26 August 2008

With Intellectual Ventures, Nathan Myhrvold Out to Create “Invention Capital” Industry—and Stop Hurricanes, Malaria, and Global Warming in the Process (Part 2)

Yesterday, we ran the first half of a sit-down interview with Nathan Myhrvold, cofounder and CEO of Intellectual Ventures, the Bellevue, WA-based invention laboratory and investment firm. Myhrvold, the former CTO of Microsoft (and an Xconomist), placed his current company’s goals in the context of venture capital and private equity, arguing that there is a real need to create what he calls an “invention capital” industry.

25 August 2008

With Intellectual Ventures, Nathan Myhrvold Out to Create “Invention Capital” Industry—and Reinvent Invention in the Process (Part 1)

This time last week, Nathan Myhrvold was sitting down with Bill Gates. Gates had just returned from the Olympics, where he had watched some high-profile ping-pong matches—a very hot ticket in China. The two former Microsoft colleagues were catching up, and their discussion turned to racquet sports, and the various technical differences between them.

12 July 2007

Nathan Myhrvold on patent mongers and business

Myhrvold defends himself from those who call him "the most feared man in Silicon Valley."

26 June 2006

Who’s afraid of Nathan Myhrvold?

"Some article called me the most feared man in Silicon Valley," he says. "Good Lord! Why? My teenage boys got a kick out of it: 'Dad, how could this be true? You're not even the most feared person in this house.' "

22 June 2006

The Godfather of Invention

In this week's podcast, BusinessWeek's executive editor, John Byrne, and senior writer, Michael Orey, discuss how snapping up thousands of patents can make Intellectual Ventures a leader in innovation -- or litigation.

20 October 2005

Voracious venture

When visitors walk into the headquarters of Intellectual Ventures, they come face to face with the full-size head of a Tyrannosaurus rex—the special-effects model used in the film “Jurassic Park II”. Is that a hint that the company wants to eat IT companies alive?

28 September 2003

Boston Globe: Myhrvold aims to reinvent the spirit of inventing

Nathan P. Myhrvold, the frenetic and intellectually versatile founder of Microsoft Research, may turn out to be the Thomas Edison or Edwin Land of his generation.

01 June 2002

Myhrvold’s Exponential Economy

Microsoft's former technology chief is branching out. He's looking for industries where efficiencies multiply every couple of years--in infotech, sure, but biology too.