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Garrett Gruener

Garrett Gruener is founder of and a co-founder of Alta Partners, a venture capital firm. He was also a candidate for the 2003 California recall special election from the Democratic Party, finishing 28th in a field of 135 candidates with 2,562 votes.



He has been working for more than two decades in the fields of software development, systems engineering and corporate development. In 1982, he founded Virtual Microsystems, a communications software company that was later merged with a larger corporation. He also founded Ask Jeeves, now Ask.Com, an Internet search engine which is now part of IAC. Garrett specializes in information technology and is on the board of directors of nCircle Network Security, Xelerated and Nanomix, where he also currently serves as acting CEO.[1][2]

  • Prior
Be Inc.
  • Director
DigiLens, Inc
  • Former Director
Ellie Mae, Inc.
  • Former Director
  • Prior
ImproveNet Inc.
  • Director
  • Director
Xelerated Inc.
  • Director
Aegis Lightwave, Inc.
  • Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Nanomix, Inc.
  • Director
nCircle Network Security, Inc.
  • Deputy Board Member
Xelerated AB
  • 1996–Present


IAC Search & Media, Inc.
  • 1998-N/A

Former Director

CyberGold, Inc.
  • 1999–Present


FedEx Kinko’s Business Stationery Print System, Inc.[3]


Gruener was one of the candidates to aggressively use the Internet to push his message, and also ran campaign ads in selected television markets. However, he was concerned about eventual winner Arnold Schwarzenegger winning and so in the last week of the campaign threw his support to Cruz Bustamante, the primary Democratic candidate. Gruener received $1.07 million in contributions to his committee.


Gruener is a class of '76 UCSD alumnus. He received his BS at the University of California San Diego, and he received his MA at the University of California Berkeley.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

Gruener is an accomplished pilot. He lives with his wife, attorney Amy Slater, and their daughter Dakota Gruener, in Berkeley.


  1. ^ "Garrett Gruener Executive Chairman, Nanōmix, Inc. Co-Founder, Alta Partners Founder, Ask Jeeves, now". Goldman School of Public Policy. Retrieved 30 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "Board of Directors Garrett Gruener Executive Chairman Garrett Gruener". Nanomix. Retrieved 30 August 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Garrett P. Gruener". Bloomburg Businessweek. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 

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