This is a reference document that lists commercialization activities in which members of the department are engaged. Our underlying philosophy is that "potential conflicts of interest" are a fact of life, and must be disclosed and managed.

The information in this site was obtained from faculty and staff through voluntary disclosure, and is kept up to date through a similar voluntary procedure. The request for information and form used to solicit the information originally is here. Subsequently, we have requested faculty to notify us just of significant changes, as well as requesting information from new members of the department.


This document contains two sections

Section A: Listing by Person

This section lists lists business associations by person. In most cases, the individual has some financial interest in the companies listed, and would benefit from the success of those companies. (Involvement in large companies for which the person's activities could have only a negligible effect, such as ownership of equity in publicly traded companies, are not considered serious potential conflicts and are not listed.)

Each entry contains:

  • Person's name and position
  • Company or activity name, or "None" when there is no commercialization activity
  • Starting date of interest

Department of Computer Science & Engineering and/or University of Washington
The Department and/or the University own equity in the following CSE startups:
Impinj
Skytap (formerly Illumita)

Richard Anderson, faculty
None

Tom Anderson, faculty
None

Magdalena Balazinska, faculty
Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) Advisory Group
2010

Paul Beame, faculty
None

Alan Borning, faculty
None

Gaetano Borriello, faculty
None

Luis Ceze, faculty

Qualcomm
Consultant
2010

CONYAK
Co-founder
2013

Microsoft Research
consultant, since 2012

Brian Curless, faculty
None

Pedro Domingos, faculty
None

Emer Dooley, faculty
None

Michael Ernst, faculty
Samsung
Technical Advisory Board
2009

Oren Etzioni, faculty
Madrona Venture Group
Venture partner, Consultant
April 2000

Zillow.com
Technical Advisory Board

Impinj
Investment

PriceYeti -> Decide.com
Co-Founder
2010

James Fogarty, faculty
Microsoft Corporation
Consultant
2009

Belkin
Royalties (through licensing)
2010

Dieter Fox, faculty
Intel Science & Technology Center

Steve Gribble, faculty
Isilon Systems, Inc.
Technical advisory board, stockholder
February 2002

Skytap (formerly Illumita)
Co-founder
August 2006

Dan Grossman, faculty
None

Bruce Hemingway, faculty
None

Anna Karlin, faculty
None

Tadayoshi Kohno, faculty
Microsoft Research
Consultant, 2010

Adeona Corp. (stealth mode, confidential)
Consultant, 2010

Arvind Krishnamurthy, faculty
None

Richard Ladner, faculty
None

Ed Lazowska, faculty
Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence
Board of Directors, 2014

Ignition Partners
Technical Advisory Board
2000

Impinj
Technical Advisory Board
2001

Madrona Venture Group
Technical Advisory Board
2000

Microsoft Corporation
Technical Advisory Board, Microsoft Research
1991

Voyager Capital
Technical Advisory Board
1996

James Lee, faculty
None

Su-In Lee, faculty
None

Henry M. Levy, faculty
Isilon Systems
Technical Advisory Board

Impinj
Investment

Madrona Venture Capital
Technical Advisory Board

Zillow.com
Technical Advisory Board

Skytap (formerly Illumita)
Co-founder
2006

Barbara Mones, faculty
None

Mark Oskin, faculty
CONYAK
Co-founder
2013

Shwetak Patel, faculty
Usenso, Inc.
Founder
2008

smart:ride
Technical advisor
2009

Zensi, Inc. (acquired by Belkin International, Inc.)
Owner, Co-founder
2009

Belkin International, Inc.
Received cash settlement, consultant, royalties
2009

SNUPI
Owner, Co-Founder
2013

Hal Perkins, faculty
None

Zoran Popovic, faculty
None

Anup Rao, faculty
None

Rajesh Rao, faculty
None

Stuart Reges, faculty
None

Larry Ruzzo, faculty
None

Georg Seelig, faculty
None

Steve Seitz, faculty
Atirsa
Scientific Advisory Board

Google
Leave of absence followed by partial employment

Linda Shapiro, faculty
None

Josh Smith, faculty
Intel Science & Technology Center

Dan Suciu, faculty
None

Steve Tanimoto, faculty
Eco Controllo
Scientific Advisory Committee
2010

Emanuel Todorov, faculty
Roboti LLC
Founder
2010

Transformative Robotics LLC
Founder
2010

Martin Tompa, faculty
None

Dan Weld, faculty
Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence
Member of Scientific Advisory Board 2014

Arch Venture Partners
Investment
July 1998

Impinj
Investment
April 2000

Madrona Venture Group
December 2000, Investment
January 2001, Venture partner, Member of Technical Advisory Board

Mohr Davidow Venture Group
Investment
January 2001

Spare5
Investment, Member of Technical Advisory Board, 2014-

Context Relevant
Member of Technical Advisory Board, 2012-2015

Voicebox Technologies
Member of Technical Advisory Board, 2016

David Wetherall, faculty
Former director, Intel Labs Seattle
Telefonica Digital 2013-14

John Zahorjan, faculty
None

Luke Zettlemoyer, faculty
None


This document contains two sections

Section B: Listing by Company

Each entry contains:

  • Company or activity name
  • Address
  • Person(s) involved

Adobe
601 Townsend Street
San Francisco, CA 94013
David Salesin, faculty

Adeona Corp. (stealth mode, confidential)
Yoshi Kohno, faculty

Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence
North Lake Union, Seattle, WA
Ed Lazowska, faculty
Daniel Weld, faculty

Arch Venture Partners
1000 Second Avenue, Suite 3700
Seattle, WA 98104
Dan Weld, faculty

Atirsa
1621 James Ave.
Redwood City, CA 94062
Steve Seitz, faculty

Belkin International, Inc.
501 West Walnut
Compton, CA 90220
James Fogarty, faculty
Shwetak Patel, faculty

Eco Controllo
Steve Tanimoto, faculty

Google, Inc.
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, CA 94043
Yoky Matsuoka, faculty
Steve Seitz, faculty

Ignition
P.O. Box 580
Bellevue, WA 98009-0580
Ed Lazowska, faculty

Impinj, Inc.
3513 NE 45th Street, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98105
Oren Etzioni, faculty
Ed Lazowska, faculty
Hank Levy, faculty
Dan Weld, faculty

Intel Science & Technology Center
1100 NE 45th Street, 6th Floor
Seattle, WA 98105
Dieter Fox, faculty
Josh Smith, faculty

Isilon Systems, Inc.
3101 Western Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121-3047
Steve Gribble, faculty
Hank Levy, faculty
Dan Weld, faculty

Madrona Venture Group
1000 Second Avenue, Suite 3700
Seattle, WA 98104
Oren Etzioni, faculty
Ed Lazowska, faculty
Hank Levy, faculty
Dan Weld, faculty

Microsoft Corporation
One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052
Luis Ceze, faculty
Ed Lazowska, faculty
Anna Karlin, faculty
Yoshi Kohno, faculty
David Notkin, faculty
Dan Weld, faculty

Mohr Davidow Venture Group
3000 Sand Hill Road, Building 3, Suite 290
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Dan Weld, faculty

PriceYeti -> Decide.com
Seattle, WA
Oren Etzioni, faculty

Qualcomm
San Diego, CA
Luis Ceze, faculty

Roboti LLC
Emanuel Todorov, faculty

Samsung, Inc.
Magda Balazinska, faculty
Michael Ernst, faculty

Skytap (formerly Illumita)
710 Second Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Steve Gribble, faculty
Hank Levy, faculty

smart:ride
Shwetak Patel, faculty

Spare5
1008 Western Ave, Seattle, WA
Daniel Weld, faculty

Transformative Robotics LLC
Emanuel Todorov, faculty

Usenso, Inc.
75 Fifth Street NE, Suite 314
Atlanta, GA 30308
Shwetak Patel, faculty

Voicebox Technologies
11980 NE 24th Street
Bellevue, WA 98005
Daniel Weld, faculty

Voyager Capital
800 Fifth Ave. Suite 4100
Seattle, WA 98104
Ed Lazowska, faculty

Zensi
One Broadway, 14th Floor
Cambridge, MA 02124
Shwetak Patel, faculty

Zillow.com
999 Third Ave, Suite 4600
Seattle WA 98104
Oren Etzioni, faculty
Hank Levy, faculty