03/29/2007 - John Neis, CFA - Managing Director, Venture Investors
Chairwoman Velazquez, Ranking Member Chabot and Members of the Committee, my name is John Neis and I am a managing director at Venture Investors, an early stage venture capital firm based in Madison, Wisconsin. I am also a member of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) based in Arlington Virginia. It's my privilege to be here today and to have the opportunity to share my views and the views of the venture capital community on the patent system and the opportunity for reform.
04/28/2005 - Nathan P. Myhrvold, Chief Executive Officer Intellectual Ventures
former Chief Technology Officer of Microsoft
As long as I can remember I have been fascinated with science and technology. I pursued science in school, earning a bachelor's degree in mathematics, and master's degree in geophysics and space physics, both from UCLA. I continued exploring other disciplines, getting another master's degree in mathematical economics and a PhD in mathematical physics from Princeton University. I would have finished school much earlier if I had focused on one topic, but to be honest I never met a kind of science I didn't like. This obsession with schooling might have consumed half my life, but for the fact that I started early, entering college at 14, and completing my PhD by age 23.