Metcalfe’s law

the proposition that networks dramatically increase in value with each additional user. Metcalfe’s law was formulated by Robert Metcalfe, founder of 3Com, and has been instrumental in developing the concept of viral marketing.

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  • Robert Metcalfe — Robert Melancton Metcalfe (born April 7 [cite web url = Of Fame/353.html title = Robert Metcalfe, Inventor Profile accessdate = 2007 10 19 date = n.d. publisher = National Inventors Hall of Fame] , 1946 in Brooklyn, New… …   Wikipedia

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