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Robert Metcalfe

Robert Metcalfe wearing the US National Medal of Technology (2003)
Born (1946-04-07) April 7, 1946 (age 70)
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Citizenship American
Fields Computer networking
Computer science
Institutions MIT, Xerox PARC, 3Com, The University of Texas at Austin.
Alma mater MIT – B.S. Electrical Engineering, B.S. Industrial Management, 1969
Harvard University – M.S. Applied Mathematics, 1970; Ph.D. Computer Science, 1973
Thesis Packet Communication (1973)
Doctoral advisor Jeffrey P. Buzen
Known for Co-invention of Ethernet
Local area network
Notable awards

National Medal of Technology
IEEE Medal of Honor
IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal (1988)
ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award
Marconi Prize (2003)
Computer History Museum Fellow Awards (2008)[1]

If you cannot be on the project each day to check on things, then you should not try and be your own contractor.
Robert Metcalfe
In seven to ten years video traffic on the Internet will exceed data and voice traffic combined.
Robert Metcalfe
Innovation makes the world go round. It brings prosperity and freedom.
My advice is never let a publicist call you a 'visionary.' I've hung out with the visionaries at the famed Xerox Palo Alto Research Center. I've been a successful Silicon Valley entrepreneur. I wouldn't touch 'visionary' with a 10-foot pole.
Robert Metcalfe
I saw that there are people who will connive against innovation. They're hostile to it. And that has shaped my behavior ever since.
Robert Metcalfe
I consider what I write to be literature. I choose the words carefully.
The internet will catastrophically collapse in 1996.
Where visionaries can be good at persuasion, CEOs are good at wielding authority. Visionaries transcend organizations, resources, and current realities, while CEOs master them.
Robert Metcalfe
When you're running a company, creating jobs is the last thing you want to. When you're running a company you want to employ as few people as possible, and yet you inadvertently create jobs.
Robert Metcalfe
You don't grow the economy by growing government.
I've screwed up and I've overcommitted and it's typical of me.
The world needs a better understanding of how to encourage innovation. And innovators need to get better at it. Sign me up.
Robert Metcalfe
Grove giveth and Gates taketh away.