Short Bio

Jean Pierre de Vries is is scholar in residence at the ATLAS Institute and distinguished advisor at the Silicon Flatirons Center, both at of the University of Colorado Boulder. He is a visiting senior scientist at the Institute for Networked Systems of RWTH Aachen University. He has worked in seed venture capital, technology consulting, software development and spectrum policy, and is currently exploring how people use socially significant stories to make sense of technology.

He has been a technology advisor to Harris Wiltshire & Grannis LLP, Washington DC (2007–2010), and senior fellow at the Annenberg Center for Communication of the University of Southern California (2006–2007). Prior to this he held various positions at Microsoft Corp. in Redmond, WA, including Chief of Incubation, Senior Director of Advanced Technology and Policy, and Director of User Experience Design (1993–2005). He started his career at Korda & Co, a London-based seed capital company and technology consultancy (1987–1993). De Vries holds a B.Sc. (Honours) from Stellenbosch University, and a D.Phil. in theoretical physics from the University of Oxford.

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Updated Oct 2021