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Published on Nov 25, 2014
Jim Rutt is the past Chairman of the Santa Fe Institute. He was CEO of Network Solutions, Inc., which operated the .com, .net, and .org domain namespaces on the Internet. He served as chief strategy officer and division President after Network Solutions was acquired by VeriSign in 2000 for $17 billion. Prior to Network Solutions, Jim was the first chief technology officer of Thomson-Reuters and before that, he either founded or played a key role in several significant information services and network companies: THE SOURCE, Business Research Corp., First Call, Pinpoint Information, and NHC Systems. He was non-executive Chairman of the computer chip design software company Analog Design Automation from 2001 until its acquisition by Synposis in 2004. He was Researcher in Residence from 2002 to 2004 at the Santa Fe Institute, studying the application of complexity science to financial markets, social simulations, agent based models, and evolutionary artificial intelligence. Subsequently he joined the Board of Trustees of the Santa Fe Institute, and was elected Chairman in 2010. In 2012 he co-founded the Game-B Network for social and political change. Jim is currently doing research related to the scientific study of consciousness. Jim received his B.S. degree in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1975.