Advisory Board

Jim Rutt

Jim Rutt is the past Chairman of the Santa Fe Institute. He was CEO of Network Solutions, which operated the .com, .net, and .org domain namespaces on the Internet until its acquisition by Verisign in 2000. Jim is currently doing research in the scientific study of consciousness and artificial general intelligence.
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 including: THE SOURCE, Business Research Corp., First Call, Pinpoint Information, NetScan, and MarketSwitch.
He was 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 at the Santa Fe Institute from 2002 to 2004, 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.
From 2011 to 2013 he was Executive Producer of the awarding winning film “Zombiewood”. In 2012 he cofounded the Game-B Network for social and political change. In 2014 he cofounded the Staunton Makerspace, a public membership shop with equipment including 3D printers and laser cutters, drones, and a complete woodworking shop.
Jim earned his B.S. degree in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1975 and is a member of MIT’s Visiting Committee for the Department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences.