Vulcan FlipStart – “Paul Allen’s next small thing”

Vulcan Flipstart
Because there is not enough news about the Vulcan FlipStart E-1001S, here’s one more – sort of. This is more about the man behind the company that owns FlipStart Labs.

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer has an article about Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft, and what he hoped to accomplish with the FlipStart.

Excerpt from the article:

“Really, FlipStart gives you everything that your laptop does,” said Robin Budd, senior director with FlipStart Labs, a Seattle-based subsidiary of Allen’s Vulcan Inc. “We’re not promoting the idea that you would do CAD design on it, but for Office applications and most of what people do with their laptops, it’s great.”

Over the years, Allen has backed a wide variety of technology-related ventures and products, in addition to his investments in areas such as films and professional sports teams. But FlipStart stands to be one of Allen’s more visible ventures in the computer industry since his 1983 departure from Microsoft, which he founded with Bill Gates.

“He’s doing so many other deals that you kind of forget that he’s a technologist at heart,” said Mark Anderson, publisher of the Strategic News Service technology newsletter, which counts Allen among its subscribers.

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