- Partner Emeritus at Polaris Partners
- CEO/Publisher/Pundit at InfoWorld Media Group, Founder / Chairman / CEO / Div. General Manager / VP, Engineering, Sales & Marketing at 3Com, See All (3)
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University
Dr. Robert M. Metcalfe joined Polaris in 2001 and is a general partner in our Waltham office.
He holds the position of Professor of Electrical Engineering and Director of Innovation at The University of Texas at Austin
Experience: Bob had three careers in technological innovation before becoming a venture capitalist:
While an engineer-scientist (1965-1979), Bob helped pioneer the Internet. In 1973, at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, he invented Ethernet, the local-area networking (LAN) standard on which he shares four patents. Now, 35 years later, about 350 million new Ethernet ports are shipped annually.
While an entrepreneur-executive (1979-1990), Bob founded 3Com Corporation, the billion-dollar networking company where at various times he was Chairman, CEO, division general manager, and vice president of engineering, sales, and marketing.
While a publisher-pundit (1990-2000), Bob was... See More
Partner EmeritusJan, 2001
Professor of InnovationJan, 2011
CEO/Publisher/Pundit1992 - Dec, 2000
Founder / Chairman / CEO / Div. General Manager / VP, Engineering, Sales & Marketing1979 - Jan, 1990
Engineer / Scientist (Palo Alto)1965 - Jan, 1979