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FAQ
FAQ
How long has Idealab been in business?
Idealab was founded in 1996 by entrepreneur Bill Gross.
Where is Idealab?
Idealab's office is located in historic Old Town Pasadena, California. Our facility is designed to foster an open collaborative process of communication and information sharing among employees of Idealab and our operating companies.
What's the difference between Idealab and an Idealab operating company?
Idealab itself employs about 55 people who provide support to the start-up companies. Employees of Idealab are compensated by Idealab and receive Idealab benefits. Idealab operating companies are companies that are developed from ideas created by Idealab. They are legally separate entities managed by independent teams of executives who report to their respective boards of directors. Employees of Idealab operating companies are compensated by the operating company itself (not by Idealab), and typically hold stock options in the particular company, and receive that company's benefits.
What resources does Idealab provide to its businesses?
In addition to capital, Idealab provides a full range of resources to infuse start-ups with the support they need to rapidly introduce innovative products and services. Resources include office space and the accompanying office services, development and technology, product and graphic design, marketing, financial advice, human resources, competitive research, legal, accounting and business development support and services. In addition, Idealab provides advice on strategy, branding and corporate structure.
I have a great idea for a business. Can I submit my idea to Idealab?
We don't accept submission of business plans through this website. We receive many more submissions than we can respond to, so please do not expect a response to any material you may submit. We give priority to submissions that are recommended by, or received from, individuals with whom we have a preexisting business relationship.

Submissions — Important waiver of rights
Please do not disclose to Idealab, its employees, representatives or agents any material that you believe is confidential or proprietary, or for which you expect to receive consideration or compensation in any form. By submitting material to Idealab, you acknowledge that such material is neither confidential nor proprietary, and you waive the right to receive compensation of any kind for the material.
How do I pursue employment opportunities at Idealab and with companies in the Idealab network?
The best way to discover career opportunities at Idealab is to search for open positions on the Careers section of the Idealab website. But first, you'll want to think about what kind of work you find interesting and challenging. To help determine which positions are right for you, visit our operating company websites to learn about their business strategies and innovative product offerings.

By applying for open positions through the Idealab website, your resume will be viewed by the Idealab Talent Acquisition team and will be considered for employment. An Idealab Talent Acquisition team member will contact you if there is an appropriate job match.
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Our Mission
 Idealab
We create and operate pioneering companies.

Our companies are based on ideas that challenge the status quo, and change the way people think, live, and work.

We commit to treat our employees, companies, partners, and communities with complete fairness, respect, and excellence.
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