Garrett Gruener is a founder and Managing Director of the venture capital firm, Alta Partners, specializing in information technology. He is also the founder of Ask Jeeves, Inc., the world’s first natural language question-answering service search engine. He has more than a decade of management experience in the fields of software development, systems engineering and corporate development. In 1982, he founded Virtual Microsystems, Inc., a successful communications software company that was later merged with a larger corporation. Mr. Gruener specializes in information technology and sits on several boards, including Ask Jeeves and Nanomix. He holds a Master’s Degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.S. from the University of California, San Diego, both in Political Science with a focus on technology policy.