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Personal Profile of Mr. Jerry Fiddler

Jerry Fiddler is the principal/CEO of Zygote Ventures (www.zygoteventures.com). He has helped create and grow a number of companies, as CEO, director, chairman, investor and advisor.

Mr. Fiddler is the founder of Wind River and was for 23 years its CEO and Chairman. Established in 1981 in Fiddler’s Berkeley garage, Wind River grew to become the leading provider of device software worldwide, with more than $400M in annual sales, and market cap well over $1B. Its operating systems control devices are everywhere, from the commonplace, such as digital cameras and routers, to the exotic, such as the Mars Rovers. While at Wind River, Fiddler gained an international reputation as an expert in the design and implementation of real-time systems. Wind River was acquired by Intel in 2009.

Mr. Fiddler is the Chairman of Solazyme, a biotech company working with algae for energy, industrial, and health applications. Solazyme is the first company in the world able to make production quantities of biodiesel and other algal oil products. Mr. Fiddler also sits on several other corporate boards, including Bolt Threads, Nanomix, and NexSteppe.

He serves on the UC President’s advisory board on science and innovation. He is a member of the foundation board of Chabot Space & Science Center, and a trustee of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, and the Jazz School. He has been Foundation Capital executive-in-residence, and adjunct professor at UC Berkeley, teaching entrepreneurship and organizational behavior. He has worked actively both with students and in an advisory capacity at a number of universities, including University of California/Berkeley, Stanford, Wharton, and University of Illinois.

He received a BA in music and photography, and an MS in computer science, both from University of Illinois. He still plays and composes music, and some of his photography can be seen at jfiddler.smugmug.com.
Current/Future Committee Membership
Name Office Start Date End Date
Emeriti Trustees Mar 01, 2019 Feb 28, 2025

Past Committee Membership
Name Office Start Date End Date
Board of Trustees Mar 06, 2004 Mar 01, 2008
Board of Trustees Mar 02, 2008 Mar 01, 2012
Board of Trustees Mar 01, 2012 Feb 29, 2016
Corporate Partners Committee Sep 28, 2007 Mar 01, 2012
Corporate Partners Committee Mar 01, 2012 Feb 29, 2016
Finance Committee Sep 20, 2005 Mar 01, 2012