Robert Metcalfe wearing the US National Medal of Technology (2003)
April 7, 1946 |
Brooklyn, New York, United States
|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
National Medal of Technology
If you cannot be on the project each day to check on things, then you should not try and be your own contractor.
In seven to ten years video traffic on the Internet will exceed data and voice traffic combined.
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.
I saw that there are people who will connive against innovation. They're hostile to it. And that has shaped my behavior ever since.
Where visionaries can be good at persuasion, CEOs are good at wielding authority. Visionaries transcend organizations, resources, and current realities, while CEOs master them.
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.
The world needs a better understanding of how to encourage innovation. And innovators need to get better at it. Sign me up.