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Gore-Tex made Bob Gore the richest man in Delaware [Startup Roundup]

The Gore-Tex origin story lands in The Atlantic. Plus: Bloom Energy moves most of its operations to Newark; and students at UD get in on "Xfinity on Campus."

Gore-Tex. (Photo by Flickr user Mad Wraith, used under a Creative Commons license)


The Atlantic recently featured a story on Bob Gore, Delaware’s richest resident. Gore is the brains behind Gore-Tex, the expanded polytetraflouroethylene (PTFE) — essentially stretched out Teflon — used in camping tents, parkas, jackets, socks, boots and more. The material is waterproof, yet breathable. Gore discovered the material while tinkering in his Delaware basement years ago. At the time, his parents owned the Gore Company, which was creating Teflon insulated cables.
Gov. Jack Markell recently announced that Bloom Energy’s production has almost entirely shifted from California to the Newark plant, according to a News Journal report. Bloom — a Silicon Valley-based venture-backed clean-tech firm — recently unveiled its first servers providing energy to a corporate campus in Delaware. It’s servers in Sunnyvale, Calif., have gone to eBay, Google, Coca-Cola and Apple. The Newark plant — located at the University of Delaware’s Science, Technology and Advanced Research campus — is designed to be Bloom’s east coast headquarters.
Comcast recently unveiled “Xfinity on Campus,” a new initiative, USA Today reports, that allows college students to access live TV on all their devices. Five universities, including the University of Delaware, are testing out the new services. Earlier this week, UD officials announced that the service is up and running on campus. Other colleges using the service include Drexel University, Lasell College, Bridgewater College and Emerson College, as Technical.ly Philly reported last month.

Companies: Bloom Energy / Comcast / Drexel University / University of Delaware

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