Marconi Fellow Bob Metcalfe on Encouraging More Startups at the University of Texas at Austin

By Hojun Choi, Silicon Hills News

University of Texas president Greg Fenves and Bob Metcalfe, inventor of Ethernet, explored ways that universities can have a bigger impact on the world at the “Research Universities Should be Better at Startups” session at South by Southwest.

Metcalfe, professor of innovation at the Cockrell School of Engineering at UT, said that research universities are not doing enough to change the world, and said institutions of higher education should do more to foster startups on campuses.

“You know our motto here is ‘What starts here changes the world.’ The problem is, we’re not changing the world enough, and my hypothesis is that we can do a better job,” Metcalfe said.