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Intellectual Ventures Overview

Bellevue, WA
501 to 1000 employees
Company - Private
Investment Banking & Asset Management
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We create, incubate, and commercialize impactful inventions. Led by avid inventor and visionary Nathan Myhrvold, our spinout companies have the power to transform industries. At the edge of technological advances that serve both the developed and developing world, we work with ... Read more

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  • Despite modern advances in medicine and technology, malaria continues infect 200 million and kill ~500,000 each year. Since our foundation, IV has been focused on addressing the disease with advanced diagnostics, mosquito control and vaccine storage systems for remote areas. Learn more about IV’s impact invention pipeline:

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    Despite modern advances in medicine and technology, malaria continues infect 200 million and kill ~500,000 each year. Since our foundation, IV has been focused on addressing the disease with advanced...

  • IV founder and CEO Nathan Myhrvold sat down with Bloomberg recently to discuss all things metamaterials. Watch below to learn more about what metamaterials will mean for autonomous vehicles, 5G and satellite communications.

    IV founder and CEO Nathan Myhrvold sat down with Bloomberg recently to discuss all things metamaterials. Watch below to learn more about what metamaterials will mean for autonomous vehicles, 5G and...

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Intellectual Ventures – Why Work For Us?

Impact Invention

Nearly two decades ago, Intellectual Ventures was founded on the certainty that ideas have value. Since then, we’ve created a global business that creates, incubates, and commercializes impactful inventions—all while holding fast to the core belief that we can change the world through the power of invention.

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A Culture of Innovation

As the global leader in the business of invention, we’re proud to foster a culture that prizes bold ideas and relentless curiosity. We are disruptors and builders, thinkers and doers. We experiment. We research. We invent and reinvent, tinker and tweak, probe and prove. Always evolving, never complacent, we can’t stop the pursuit of discovery. Because when you’re solving some of the world’s biggest challenges, you can’t wait for the next big thing. You have to imagine and create those solutions, every day. That’s what powers us—the boundless energy and impact of invention.

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Benefits and Perks

Our benefit programs encourage wellness in all aspects of our lives. Intellectual Ventures offers a diverse array of benefits to our employees so they can choose the option that best meets their needs. Employees who join IV are eligible for coverage on the first day of employment. Here is an overview of the core benefits:

  • Competitive medical, dental and vision benefits
  • 401(k) retirement savings plan (with immediate vesting in company match)
  • Life insurance
  • Parental leave
  • Paid time off
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Volunteer time for a charity of choice
  • Adoption Assistance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Public transportation subsidy
  • Free parking
  • Employee discounts with Pacific Science Center and several local Ski Resorts

Ready to Make an Impact?

At Intellectual Ventures we believe ideas are valuable, and so are the people who generate them. Our people impact invention through pioneering research and partnerships, from tackling humanitarian challenges in the developing world, to giving entrepreneurs the tools to accelerate innovation, to spinning out new companies that create transformative technologies. That’s the essence of Impact Invention—our belief that we can change the world through the power of invention—and we’re looking for people who share our passion for world-changing ideas.

Global Good
Global Good is a collaborative effort between Bill Gates and Intellectual Ventures to take on some of humanity’s toughest problems through the power of invention by drawing on resources normally reserved for commercial pursuits in the developed world. Global Good combines IV’s unique invention prowess with the expertise of leading humanitarian organizations, forward-looking governments, and commercial partners that share our vision.

Institute for Disease Modeling
As part of Intellectual Ventures' Global Good initiative, the Institute for Disease Modeling (IDM) is the preeminent quantitative analysis center shaping strategies and building innovative tools to accelerate the eradication of infectious disease by the global health community.

Invention Investment Fund
Invention Investment Fund (IIF) manages one of the world's largest patent portfolios. Through licensing, strategic partnerships, and patent sales, we provide companies access to thousands of inventions sourced from independent inventors, universities, startups, small-and-medium sized businesses, and Fortune 500 firms. Our team of intellectual property (IP) experts in licensing and sales, technology, and strategy manage a robust portfolio.

Invention Science Fund
The Invention Science Fund (ISF) team includes 11 of the top 50 U.S. inventors and is led by successful inventors, entrepreneurs, and business leaders.  ISF, through our ISF incubator, is accelerating IV's efforts to create new companies based on our homegrown inventions. Working with other incubators and start-up accelerators across the country, we recruit talented entrepreneurs to take IV's inventions to market. 

Intellectual Ventures Laboratory
Intellectual Ventures Laboratory conducts advanced research on some of IV’s most promising ideas to demonstrate an invention’s feasibility and potential for commercial or humanitarian use.

Corporate Communications
The Corporate Communications team develops the tools we need to tell our story effectively. They support internal and external communications for the entire company.

The Finance organization manages all of IV’s financial activities. They are an important strategic partner to all parts of the business, and have the challenging task of managing a detail-oriented discipline inside an innovative, rapidly changing company.

Human Resources
Human Resources is responsible for recruiting the most talented people, helping them develop new skills and supporting them throughout their careers.

The Legal team provides legal support to diverse business groups across all of IV.

Systems and Technology Group
The Systems and Technology Group (STG) operates as IV's internal technology partner, enabling the business to quickly and sustainably anticipate, analyze, and respond to market opportunities and challenges.

Meet IV

From engineers to entrepreneurs, lab scientists to lawyers, financial wizards to technologists, the people of IV embody the power of innovation through collaboration and creative freedom. That’s why we draw on varied, even unlikely, professional backgrounds to build our teams. Whether we’re modeling the spread of disease or incubating new companies, each new perspective can yield unexpected insights and results. Learn more about the diversely talented people and positions that drive our spirit of invention.

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Intellectual Ventures Photos

Intellectual Ventures photo of: IV is proud to support Rebuilding Together Seattle. Last week we had the opportunity to do some of the important work in the community ourselves, helping fix up homes for those in need.
Intellectual Ventures photo of: Meet Corrie Ortega, whose research group at IV Lab is designing a tool to support same-day screen and treat programs to diagnose HPV and reduce cervical cancer rates in the developing world.
Intellectual Ventures photo of: When our summer interns aren't hard at work in the office or the lab...
Intellectual Ventures photo of: Meet Helen Hsieh, a research scientist at IV Lab, whose group is designing lateral flow tests to diagnose infectious disease in the developing world.
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Intellectual Ventures photo of: Meet Megan Bettilyon, a self-proclaimed nerd, who has found a home at IV impacting everything from global health to climate change and nutrition.
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Intellectual Ventures Interviews



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    Software Development Manager Interview

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    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Intellectual Ventures (Bellevue, WA) in March 2010.


    Applied online and was contacted by recruiter shortly thereafter. Interview with recruiter was standard fare - going through checklist to determine competency.
    Had an in person interview. Standard questions. There were many challenges facing this position that could not be solved given the level of empowerment. I felt that there was little chance for success. Solutions to organizational problems were required at the CIO level, but believed to be at manager level. I lost interest.

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Intellectual Ventures Awards & Accolades

  • Pioneers of Global Health Award, Washington Global Health Alliance, 2016
  • Patents for Humanity Award, United States Patent and Trademark Office, 2016
  • Candidate Experience Award, The Talent Board, 2013
  • Association for Financial Professionals Pinnacle Award Finalist, Association of Finance Professionals, 2016
  • Adriane Brown Receives Women of Achievement Award, Legal Momentum, 2014
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