Bob Metcalfe

SB '68

The University of Texas at Austin
Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Biography

Robert “Bob” Metcalfe is Professor of Innovation and Murchison Fellow of Free Enterprise in The University of Texas at Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering. Dr. Metcalfe was an Internet pioneer at MIT starting in 1970 and in 1973 received his PhD from Harvard for Packet Communication. He invented Ethernet in 1973 and founded 3Com Corporation(now part of HP) in 1979. Bob was also CEO of IDG’s InfoWorld Publishing Company (1992-1995). For eight years, he wrote an Internet column read weekly by 629,000 information technologists. He also wrote for The American Spectator, Forbes, Technology Review, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Wired. For nearly a decade, Bob was a venture capitalist at Polaris Partners, where he invested in early-stage technology companies.

Founded

  • 3Com

    3Com provides network-based intrusion prevention systems that deliver application, infrastructure and performance more