Intellectual Ventures
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Headquarters Seattle, WA
Size 500 to 999 Employees
Founded 2000
Type Company - Private
Industry Finance

At Intellectual Ventures we believe ideas are valuable, and so are the people who generate them. We’re pioneering the market for invention and looking for people who are passionate about the pursuit of great ideas.

Intellectual Ventures – Why Work For Us?

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We believe that ideas are valuable. We’re here to ensure a market for invention continues to thrive.
IV isn’t shy about taking risks; we’re innovators. We’ve built the invention capital market from scratch and we continue to lead by example. We tackle business, problem solving, and invention head on, and we have the acumen and expertise to pull it off. Our cross-disciplinary approach affords us the opportunity to work with leading inventors and pioneering companies to find creative solutions. And above all else, we have a passion for invention that drives us forward.

Founded in 2000, Intellectual Ventures is a privately-held invention capital company. We are building a market for invention by making invention a profitable activity. With more than $6 billion committed capital and more than 40,000 IP assets in active monetization programs, we own one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing intellectual property portfolios, which we license to the world’s most innovative companies. Investors include a mix of Fortune 500 companies, individuals and institutions.

Business Model


We invent and collaborate with world-renowned experts, including Nobel Prize contenders. Scientists and engineers at our IV Lab facility invent technology-based solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems.


We acquire inventions from individual inventors, companies of all sizes, brokers and sellers, and then compile the patents into industry-focused portfolios.


We source inventions from a global network of inventors and assist with developing, patenting and monetizing those inventions. We partner with universities, government institutions and research labs to incentivize the process of invention.


We engage with companies of all sizes to minimize their Invention Gap™ exposure—the difference between the invention rights they have and the invention rights they need—and we act as a strategic partner for present and future intellectual property needs.


Working at Intellectual Ventures

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Nathan Myhrvold

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Tough But Rewarding

  Current Director in Bellevue, WA

Pros: Amazing opportunities to learn the business of IP Licensing. Enough so to counter the Cons. Great comp. Full Review

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Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Bellevue, WA Mar 2011 – Reviewed Jan 5, 2014

Interview Details – Subsequent to phone interview by HR and hiring manager, flew out to interview with five(5) stakeholders for 30 to 60 minutes each.Full Interview

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Intellectual Ventures Awards & Accolades

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Candidate Experience Award, The Talent Board, 2013
Adriane Brown Receives Women of Achievement Award, Legal Momentum, 2014
Russ Stein Receives CFO of the Year Award, Seattle Business Magazine, 2014
100 CEO Leaders in STEM - Nathan Myhrvold, StemConnector, 2013
100 Women Leaders in STEM - Adriane Brown, Stemconnector, 2012
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