Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Robert “Bob” F. Williamson, Jr. is an entrepreneur-in-residence at the University of Miami, and is a founder and treasurer of New World Angels, an early-stage investment group. During his career, he has played key roles in more than 30 startups, including founding, managing and funding. He has extensive experience in public and private technology companies and is qualified under NYSE and NASDAQ rules to chair audit committees.

The companies Williamson has founded include Data Net Corporation, which pioneered the use of personal computers to automate data collection in factories and warehouses. He was a director and then vice president of finance, chief financial officer, secretary and treasurer of Equinox Systems Inc., and managed its successful acquisition by Avocent Corporation.

In addition to his business experience, Williamson has served on numerous corporate, civic, government and education boards. He also is a published mystery writer – his first novel, “The Seriously Pink V,” was published in 2001. He is an active member of the Mystery Writers of America and is treasurer and a member of its board of directors.

Williamson earned his Bachelor of Science in engineering, with distinction, from Stanford University in 1966. He earned his MBA in 1968 from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Since joining the U in 2013, he has worked with faculty members helping them with the process of commercializing their research. In some cases, he has helped identify highly skilled technology managers who have, with the faculty member, incorporate a new company that has licensed the technology from the U, raised money and begun operations. In other cases, the technology was licensed.

Regardless he is available to faculty members to help them think through the process of deciding which way to go. Please reach out to him and he’ll be glad to come by and talk whenever it’s mutually agreeable.

Contact Information:

Entrepreneur-in-Residence U Innovation, College of Engineering, Dean’s Office
Mobile: (305) 608-9075
Office: (305) 243-4589
Office Hours: McArthur Engineering Building, Room 417, 10:00am – 4:00pm Wednesdays and Thursdays by appointment. Please email, text or call. Walk-ins welcome but it’s always better to call to make sure I’m there.

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