We are super excited to host Bob Metcalfe for a fireside chat at Startup Grind Austin during Austin Startup Week!
Internet Hall of Famer Bob Metcalfe is Professor of Innovation and Murchison Fellow of Free Enterprise in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. His mission is to help make Austin a better Silicon Valley.
He earned two bachelor degrees from MIT in 1969, one in electrical engineering and the other in industrial management. He received his master degree in applied mathematics in 1970 and his PhD in computer science in 1973, both from Harvard. He is a Life Trustee of MIT and Member of the National Academy of Engineering.
In 1973 at Xerox Parc, he invented Ethernet, now the Internet's standard plumbing, and in 1979 he founded 3Com Corporation to commercialize the Internet. After 30 years, 3Com became part of Hewlett-Packard Company in 2010. In 2005, Bob received the National Medal of Technology for "leadership in the invention, standardization, and commercialization of Ethernet," of which over a billion new ports are now shipped annually.
"Brooklyn-born Robert Metcalfe is an engineer, technology executive and venture capitalist best known for inventing Ethernet," according to Biography.com. But in Austin, most people know Metcalfe as one of the champions of the city's technology startup ecosystem. His goal is to make Austin into a better Silicon Valley. A few years ago, Metcalfe joined the University of Texas at Austin as professor of innovation, Murchison Fellow of Free Enterprise in the Cockrell School of Engineering. In that role, Metcalfe has advocated for university professors and students to launch tech companies. He launched One Semester Startup, now known as Longhorn Startup Lab, along with Joshua Baer, serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Capital Factory. That program has graduated four startup classes and helped dozens of undergraduate students launch companies. This summer Metcalfe was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame for all his contributions to the technology world. And earlier this year, he held a two day Ethernet Innovation Summit at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. on the 40th anniversary of the invention of Ethernet. But the thing that is probably the most amazing about Metcalfe is his ability to continually change and reinvent himself. He has been an inventor, a tech company founder, a venture capitalist, a writer and publisher with InfoWorld Magazine and a mentor and teacher to countless entrepreneurs. He also completed his first triathlon last year. And he's known for his wearing his trademark tennis shoes with fancy suits. He's a man on the go. He is married to Robyn Metcalfe, Phd, director of The Food Lab at The University of Texas at Austin and they have two grown children, Max and Julia.