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. Prior to Network Solutions, Jim was the first chief technology officer of Thomson-Reuters and before that, he either founded or played a significant role in several information services and network companies. Among them: THE SOURCE, Business Research Corp., First Call, Pinpoint Information, VB Connect, MarketSwitch, NETSCAN, Wall Street on Demand, 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 is an investor and/or advisor to several other early stage companies. 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. Jim received his B.S. degree in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1975. Jim enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, pyrotechnics, four wheeling, photography, war games, and computer based conferencing. He is reported to have a delightfully inventive potty mouth.