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CSF Statement on the Passing of Paul Allen

We are deeply saddened to hear the news of the passing of Paul Allen.

Mr. Allen exemplified the best of America’s entrepreneurial, philanthropic and democratic spirit. He was passionate about opening up the power of the personal computer, internet, and space to everyday people for the betterment of humankind. Mr. Allen’s leadership, strategic investing, and the numerous technological breakthroughs they created will benefit generations to come and set an example for the next generation of pioneers and philanthropists that endeavor to better humanity.

Mr. Allen’s financing of the Tier One project that won the Ansari X Prize with SpaceShipOne lead to broad investment in a new generation of space technology entrepreneurs. He was passionate about pushing the innovation envelope and motivating achievements beyond what was initially envisioned, ultimately for the betterment of humankind. Mr. Allen’s pioneering entrepreneurial spirit will live on as we continue to surpass space technology milestones in his memory.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Allen’s family and friends and everyone who had the privilege to work with him and witness, first hand, his compassion and zest for life and his genuine commitment to improve the human condition for all humankind.