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Jim Bower

Advisor Medford, Oregon Area, US

CEO, Numedeon Inc. (, Chairman Virtual Worlds IP Inc, Former faculty California institute of Technology, Computational Neurobio

CEO, Numedeon Inc. (, Chairman Virtual Worlds IP Inc, Former faculty California institute of Technology, Computational Neurobio

15 vouches

Involved In


Dell Computer Corp
Educational Development Center
Microsoft Corporation
Numedeon Inc
National Science Foundation - US
Monitor Group
national institutes of health us
National Academy of Sciences, Co


CEO Virtual Worlds IP Inc (VWIP) May 2015 - present
Chairman of the Board and Chief Strategy Officer Virtual Worlds IP Inc ( October 2014 - present
Visiting Research Fellow University of Hartfordshire January 2014 - present
Owner, CEO, Chairman of the Board Numedeon Inc 1999 - present
Managing Partner and CEO Virtual Worlds IP LLC March 2014 - March 2015
Research Associate UC Santa Cruz March 2014 - March 2015
Professor Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies - UTHSCSA 2011 - 2013
Professor of Computational Neuroscience Research Imaging Institute - University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio 2001 - 2010
Director Computational Biology Initiative University of Texas at San Antonio 2005 - 2009
Professor of Computational Neuroscience Caltech August 1985 - August 2001
Co-Director Caltech Pre-College Science Initiative 1984 - 2001
consultant Idealab 1997 - 1999


Marine Biological Laboratory Woods Hole, MA Neurobiology and Behavior 1982 - 1984
New York University Medical School Neurobiology and Neurosciences 1982 - 1984
University of Wisconsin-Madison Neurophysiology 1978 - 1981
Montana State University Zoology 1975 - 1978
Antioch College Science / English 1973 - 1975
McQuaid Jesuit High School 1969 - 1972

Interested In

Markets of Interest
  • • Advertising
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Education
  • • Games
  • • Media
  • • Mobile
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Social Impact
  • • In-classroom learning (K-12)
  • • Lifelong Learning (outside of school)
  • • Teacher training
  • • Youth Leadership
  • • Higher Education

You Should Know About Me

Key Accomplishments

Founded Numedeon Inc in 1999, first company to develop on-line game and social based learning worlds, represented by with 8 MM registered users to date.

Played significant role in starting the field of computational neuroscience.

Designed and managed one of the first open software systems for science, the GENESIS simulation system for modeling neurons and neural circuits

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

collaborative, consensus, and hard.

As an Advisor

I listen, I respond, I care as long as the project is forward thinking and interesting. If you are interested in making money fast while you sleep, I am not interested. if you are interested in tweaking an existing model by 5%, also not interested. if your product is exploitative, especially of children or the elderly, I am absolutely not interested. If you are interested in pushing the envelop, especially in the use and application of the remarkable new digital technology we have available, I am interested and can help. If you are interested in improving the lives of your fellow humans, I am particularly interested. I don't come cheap - but you won't be disappointed.

Vouches Received

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Robert Clegg
CEO, Knoverse (Educational Games/Simulations). Previously Co-Founder, CPO, CCO, Tabula Digita (Educational Games).
Jim questions everything and isn't afraid to buck the status quo. ... good stories at dinner too. Be prepared to go on a journey that twists ... and turns!
Ann Turner
We worked together  •  Chartered Independent Associate, Tecker International, LLC and Executive Director, AALAS. Penn State grad.
Jim's vast knowledge both in science as well as gaming is extremely valuable, especially to a novice like me. Jim provided guidance to my o ... rganization's entry into the world of virtual gaming as a method for reaching children to enhance understanding of the controversial and complex topic of animal research.
Geoffrey Fox
We worked together  •  Professor, Indiana University. Previously GFSG, Global Grid Forum.
Deep effective thinker. I had very successful collaborations with him
We worked together
Jim is Brilliant. He's a visionary. And his initiatives positively influence society. He's also a super nice guy!
Don Dea
We worked together  •  Board of Trustees, Excelsior College and Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Treasurer, GuideDog Foundation.
great listerner
Moses Ma
We worked together  •  Managing Partner, NextGEN ventures & consulting. Previously CEO and Founder, Velocity. California Institute of Technology grad.
Don't ask why he'd be good as an advisor... just go beg him to become your advisor. Really, he's THAT good. Trust me on this.
Jean-Michel Blottiere
We worked together  •  Co-President, Games for Change Europe and Conference Chair, Videogame Economics Forum.
Jim is extremely creative. He is at the same time a renowned scientist and researcher, a successful entrepreneur, and an excellent professor ... . He tries to impact the world through all of his activities and make it better. I had a chance to welcome him as a keynote speakers to some of the most prestigious conferences I organize in Europe and his enthusiasm and charismatic presence inspired thousands of European entrepreneurs. I'm very proud he considers me as a colleague and friend and very happy to vouch for him.
They're my friends
Jim is an extremely intelligent man with a strong understand of what drives human behaviors. He has founded a company with success and is an ... accomplished College professor. His understanding of learning, human behavior and society has great beneficial impact on building a better product for your customers.
Cliff Zintgraff
We worked together  •  Staff appointment, University of Texas at Austin and CEO, DaVinci Minds. The University of Texas at Austin grad.
Jim both sees the big picture and he understands how steps along the way will unfold to reach goals. He has strong opinions but is also rea ... listic about what will work and how long things will take.
Jim Sterne
We worked together  •  Chairman, Digital Analytics Association and Founder, eMetrics Marketing Optimization Summit.
Big picture awareness and attention to detail. Deep knowledge of online anything and serious insights about psychology
Ian Kelso
We worked together  •  CEO, supersonic MINDS and Owner, Modern World. York grad.
Jim is a trail blazer in the use of digital technology in education. He is sought out the world over to advise and present about his company ... , his ideas and his creations which have attracted millions of users. He is also extremely generous with his time and his knowledge, and anyone contemplating a start up in educational technology would be lucky to count him as an adviser.
Anne Collier
They're my friends  •  Executive Director, The Net Safety Collaborative; piloting US Internet helpline; long-time adviser to social media cos.; U. of Chicago MA
Long experience at Whyville, which he founded, and all the partnerships, research and development that entails.
Robin Raskin
We worked together  •  Founder, FauxWorld, LLC and Founder and CEO, Living in Digital Times, LLC.
Jim is a great teacher and entrepreneur. His skills is biology, anthropology, computational biology are really important. He was a pioneer ... in the world of virtual worlds for kids and has done some of the seminal work in that area.
Jessica Thaler
We worked together  •  Attorney, Bliss Lawyers and Chair for Committee on Lawyers in Transition, New York State Bar Association.
Jim is always very thoughtful in his decision making. He listens and absorbs all information he receives and digests it quickly to make a s ... trategic and balance judgment on situations.
Ward Tisdale
We worked together  •  President, Real Estate Council of Austin. Previously Director, Global Public Affairs, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD).
Jim is highly skilled, educated and engaged in the gaming/virtual world. He's a leader among his peers, an accomplished speaker and very tho ... ught provoking, sometimes controversial, in his presentations. Plus, he's just a great person with an excellent sense of humor.