Byron Nutley, Board of Directors - Discovery Institute
Program Advisor - Technology and Democracy
Mr. Nutley is a Managing Partner of Groundswell LLC (, a Seattle-based company he co-founded. Groundswell is a robust, Microsoft .net, Web 2.0 software platform that brings the functionality of the best social networking and content sharing sites to corporations. Mr. Nutley previously did two tours of duty covering 11 years at Microsoft Corporation, where he was most recently the acting Chief of Staff for STMS, Server & Tools Division, representing one quarter of Microsoft's revenue. Prior to that, he was Director of Business Operations for the Asia-Pacific Region, a $1.5 billion business headquartered in Singapore. Previously at Microsoft, Mr. Nutley served as a member of the initial Excel for Windows development team and later as an International Manager for the Africa, India, and Middle East region.

Prior to his second stint at Microsoft, Mr. Nutley was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of iSolute, a platform provider of website templates for small to medium businesses. Before iSolute, he was the CFO and co-founder of FreeRein Software, a Seattle-based wireless company tightly partnered with Microsoft, AT&T and Exodus Communications. Mr. Nutley helped raise $15 million in venture funding for FreeRein. Before FreeRein, Mr. Nutley was Chairman & CEO of nSET (Nutley Systems Enterprise Technologies), an Internet consulting and development firm he founded. nSET was publicly acquired by USWeb in 1998. After the acquisition, Mr. Nutley became the Managing Partner of the USWeb/CKS Pacific Northwest practice, growing a highly profitable business and managing 110 employees.

Mr. Nutley has been an active entrepreneur, playing significant roles with several other early-stage companies. He holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from Seattle Pacific University and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.