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Gilman Louie

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Name  Gilman Louie

Role  Video Game Designer

Occupation  Venture capitalist, former video game designer
Known for  Founding Spectrum Holobyte, In-Q-Tel
Education  San Francisco State University, Harvard Business School

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Gilman Louie (born 1960) is a 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.


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Venture capital

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 Niantic, Inc., Wickr, Ribbit, Zephyr Technologies, Gridspeak, Netwitness, 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 new technologies.

Video games

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, one of the world’s most popular video games, 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 Interactive, where he served as chief creative officer and general manager of the 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
  • Board activities

    Louie has served on a number of boards of directors, including Wizards of the Coast, Total Entertainment Network, Direct Language, FASA Interactive, Netwitness, Motive Medical, Wickr, 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 on the boards of and Digital Promise. Louie is chairman of the Federation of American Scientists as well as the Mandarin Institute. In September 2015, he was elected Chairman of the Board for a US-based 3D Geospatial Mapping company called Vricon.


  • 1988 George Washington High School (San Francisco) Hall of Merit
  • 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 Asian Business League's Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year
  • 1995 San Francisco State University Hall of Fame
  • 2002 Scientific American Fifty
  • 2004 Potomac Institute for Policy Studies Navigator Award
  • 2005 Federal 100 Award, Federal Computer Week
  • 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
  • 2006 CIA Agency Seal Medallions (2) for his service to the intelligence community
  • 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
  • 2007 Order of the Silver Helmet, Delta Sigma Pi
  • 2008 Director of National Intelligence Medallion for service towards establishing an environment of equality, diversity and inclusion within the Intelligence Community
  • Other activities

    Gilman served as Vice Chairman of the standing committee on Technology, Insight-Gauge, Evaluate and Review for the United States National Academies.

    He chaired the committee on Forecasting Future Disruptive Technologies for the United States National Academies that produced two reports.

    He served as a member of the Technical Advisory Group of the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and as a Commissioner of the National Commission for Review of Research and Development Programs of the United States Intelligence Community.

    He was a Fellow of The Next Generation Project, The American Assembly and 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 Tomorrow's Warfighter working alongside Raytheon.


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