Interval Research Corporation


Interval Research Corporation

Infobox Defunct company
company_name = Interval Research Corporation
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company_type = Research think tank
fate = closed in 2000
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foundation = 1992
defunct = 2000
location = Palo Alto
industry = Research and Development
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Interval Research Corporation was founded in 1992 by Paul Allen and David Liddle, computer industry veterans. It was a Palo Alto laboratory and technology incubator focusing on broadband applications and services [http://www.stanford.edu/group/WTO/people/board/liddle.shtml] .

A 1997 version of the company's web page described itself as "a research setting seeking to define the issues, map out the concepts and create the technology that will be important in the future.... [pursuing] basic innovations in a number of early-stage technologies and [seeking] to foster industries around them -- sparking opportunity for entrepreneurs and highlighting a new approach to research." [http://web.archive.org/web/19971012120741/www.interval.com/about/] . A 1999 Wired Magazine article based on a memo from Paul Allen described the company as under fire from Allen to produce "less R and more D." Interval Research Corporation officially closed its doors in April 2000, while a small group of former employees were kept on to form Interval Media to continue a few specific projects. Interval Media was closed in June, 2006. As of June 2008, the interval.com domain registration was maintained by Digeo, another Paul Allen company.

Former employees

During its brief existence, Interval employed many well-known computer technology pioneers, including:

* Lawrence Comras, green e-commerce entrepreneur and eco-expert
* Franklin C. Crow, inventor of important anti-aliasing techniques
* Marc Davis (academic), founder of Yahoo! Research Berkeley
* Glenn Edens, founder of Grid Systems, which made the first laptop computer
* Paul Freiberger, Silicon Valley journalist
* Don Hopkins, new-media artist, The Sims developer and pie menu interface designer
* Brenda Laurel, author, entrepreneur, virtual-reality artist
* Golan Levin, new-media artist
* David Liddle, venture capitalist
* Michael Naimark, new-media artist
* Dean Radin, parapsychologist
* David P. Reed, inventor of TCP/IP
* Robert Shaw (physicist), physicist and chaos theory pioneer
* [http://rgshoup.com Richard Shoup] , creator of SuperPaint, the first paint program
* Scott Snibbe, new-media artist
* Bill Verplank, interface designer of the Xerox Star, the first WIMP (computing) GUI

External links

* [http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/7.12/interval.html Think Tanked] Wired Magazine, December 1999


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