Gilman Louie (born 1960) is technology venture capitalist who got his start as a video game designer and then ran the CIA venture capital fund In-Q-Tel. He graduated in 1983 from San Francisco State University. He attended the Advanced Management Program (AMP) while at Harvard Business School in 1997.
Gilman Louie is a partner of Alsop Louie Partners, a venture capital fund focused on helping entrepreneurs start companies. Known investments of Alsop Louie Partners include Ribbit, Smith & Tinker, Redux, Zephyr Technologies, Gridspeak, Netwitness, Centripetal Networks and Lookingglass Cyber Solutions.
He was the first CEO of In-Q-Tel, a non-profit company created to help enhance national security by connecting the United States Intelligence Community with venture-backed entrepreneurial companies and making venture capital style investments in promising new technologies.
Previously Louie built a career in the interactive entertainment industry, with accomplishments that include the design and development of the Falcon F-16 flight simulator as well as being the person who licensed Tetris, the world’s most popular computer game, from its developers in the Soviet Union. During that career, Louie founded and ran a company called Nexa Corporation that merged with Spectrum HoloByte which later acquired MicroProse. The company was acquired by Hasbro Corporation, where he served as chief creative officer of Hasbro Interactive and general manager of the Games.com group before founding In-Q-Tel.
Video game credits
Designed, programmed and/or produced:
- Falcon 4.0 (1998), MicroProse, Inc.
- Falcon Gold (1994), Spectrum HoloByte, Inc.
- Falcon 3.0: Hornet: Naval Strike Fighter (1993), Spectrum HoloByte, Inc.
- Falcon 3.0: MiG-29 (1993), Spectrum HoloByte, Inc.
- Falcon 3.0: Operation Fighting Tiger (1992), MicroProse Software, Inc., Spectrum HoloByte, Inc.
- Falcon 3.0 (1991), Spectrum HoloByte, Inc.
- Crisis in the Kremlin (1991), Spectrum HoloByte, Inc.
- Super Tetris (1991), Spectrum HoloByte, Inc.
- Stunt Driver (1990), Spectrum HoloByte, Inc.
- Tank: The M1A1 Abrams Battle Tank Simulation (1989), Spectrum HoloByte, Inc.
- Falcon AT (1989), Spectrum HoloByte, Inc.
- Vette! (1989), Spectrum HoloByte, Inc.
- LA Crackdown (1988), Epyx
- Falcon (1987), Spectrum HoloByte, Inc.
- Captain Cosmo (1984), ASCII Corporation
- F16 Fighting Falcon (1984), ASCII Corporation, Sega
- World's Greatest Football (1984) Epyx
- Starship Simulator (1984), ASCII Corporation
- Delta Squadron (1983), Nexa Corporation
- Starship Commander (1981), Voyager Software
- Battle Trek (1980), Voyager Software
Louie has served on a number of boards of directors, including Wizards of the Coast, Total Entertainment Network, Direct Language, FASA Interactive, Netwitness, Moonshoot, Smith and Tinker, Framehawk, New Mentor, Gridspeak, the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), Zephyr Technologies, the CIA Officers Memorial Foundation, GreatSchools and the Chinese American International School in San Francisco. He serves on the board of the Markle Foundation and is a member of the Defense Intelligence Agency's Advisory Board. Louie is chairman of the Federation of American Scientists as well as the Mandarin Institute.
- 2008 Director of National Intelligence Medallion for service towards establishing an environment of equality, diversity and inclusion within the Intelligence Community
- 2007 Order of the Silver Helmet, Delta Sigma Pi.
- 2006 Director's Award by the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Porter Goss, for his service in creating In-Q-Tel and providing service to the intelligence community.
- 2006 CIA Agency Seal Medallions (2) for his service to the intelligence community.
- 2006 National Geospatial Intelligence Agency medallion for outstanding service and support to the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency while serving as CEO and President of In-Q-Tel.
- 2005 Federal 100 Award, Federal Computer Week.
- 2004 Potomac Institute for Policy Studies Navigator Award.
- 2002 Scientific American Fifty.
- 1988 Excellence in Software Awards (CODiE Awards), Software and Information Industry Association (formerly the Software Publishing Association): Best Technical Achievement, Best Simulation, Best Action/Strategy Game for Falcon.
- 1993 San Francisco State University Hall of Fame.
- 1993 Asian Business League's Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year.
- 1988 George Washington High School (San Francisco) Hall of Merit.
Vice Chairman of the standing committee on Technology, Insight-Gauge, Evaluate and Review for the United States National Academies.
Member of the Technical Advisory Group of the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
Member of the National Commission for Review of Research and Development Programs of the United States Intelligence Community.
The Next Generation Project Fellow, The American Assembly, Columbia University
In 2009 Representing his company Alsop Louie Partners he sat as a member of the committee for The Symposium on Avoiding Technology Surprise for Tomorrrow's Warfighter working alongside Raytheon employees (Raytheon that year bought out BBN Technologies).
- Alsop-Louie Partners FAQ Gilman Louie's own company website.
- University of California, Los Angeles, Thirty-Thirty Seminar Series, March 23, 2011, Panelist Biography
- Persistent Forecasting of Disruptive Technologies, Report 1 of 2, The United States National Academies Press, 2009.
- Persistent Forecasting of Disruptive Technologies, Report 2 of 2, The United States National Academies Press, 2010.
- Report for The Symposium on Avoiding Technology Surprise for Tomorrrow's Warfighter, The United States National Academies Press, 2009.
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