Metcalfe, Bob

Bob Metcalfe

Bob Metcalfe is Professor of Innovation and Murchison Fellow of Free Enterprise in the Cockrell School of Engineering and Professor of Entrepreneurship in the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. He was an Internet pioneer, starting at MIT and Harvard in 1970, and continuing into the 1990s in Silicon Valley. He invented Ethernet in 1973 at Xerox Parc and founded the multi-billion-dollar Internet startup 3Com Corporation in 1979. In the 1990s, Bob was Publisher-CEO of IDG/InfoWorld. He wrote an Internet column read weekly by half a million IT professionals. In the 2000s, Bob was a General Partner of the venture capital firm Polaris Venture Partners near Boston. Bob is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and received the National Medal of Technology for his leadership in inventing, standardizing, and commercializing Ethernet.