My Three Predictions for 2011

1/6/11Follow @BobMetcalfe

In 2011, the U.S. economy will come roaring back as our businesses and their customers gain confidence that the electorate has come to its senses and chosen not to grow governments but economies instead.

In 2011, the last jihadist jerk will accidently blow himself up, at home without harming anyone else.

In 2011, the progress of solar energy will be outpaced by natural gas but accelerating against coal.

[Editor's Note: This is part of a series of posts from Xconomists and other technology and life sciences leaders from around the U.S. who are weighing in with the top surprises they've seen in their respective fields in the past year, or the major things to watch for in 2011.]


Bob Metcalfe, the inventor of Ethernet and the founder of 3Com Corporation, is Professor of Innovation and Murchison Fellow of Free Enterprise in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. Follow @BobMetcalfe

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  • Bob Bobberton

    I didn’t know that Metcalfe was such a boor.

  • Bob Metcalfe

    #4, in 2011, Xconomy will open in Austin.

  • pipetodevnull

    Total waste of the 3 femtoseconds I spent reading this. But useful in that I can completely ignore Mr Metcalfe in the future.

  • Bob Metcalfe

    #5, since you liked #1, #2, #3, and #4 so much, in 2011, the IPO window will reopen and venture capital investments will grow rapidly, especially in enertech and heathcare IT.

  • Bob Metcalfe

    #6, the Social Networking Bubble will burst and most (but not all) of the super-angels will be left holding various bags, which is not to say that Metcalfe’s Law is completely bogus.