Norman Winarsky

Norman Winarsky

Venture Partner


Norman is an Venture Partner at Relay Ventures. He provides guidance and support in investment decisions, fund strategy, and technical diligence. He is a lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and previously served as President of SRI Ventures at SRI International, a world-leading research institute founded by Stanford University in 1946.  Norman is co-author with Henry Kressel of “If You Really Want to Change the World; A Guide to Creating, Building, and Sustaining Breakthrough Ventures”, published by Harvard Business Review Press.

Norman was a founder and leader of SRI’s venture strategy and process, which resulted in more than seventy ventures worth over $25 billion, including companies such as Nuance, Intuitive Surgical, and Siri.  He was a cofounder and board member of Siri, which was spun out from SRI in January 2008 and acquired by Apple in April 2010.  

Norman holds a PhD in mathematics from the University of Chicago. He is an an Emmy® award winner for outstanding achievement in technological advancement.  Norman is based in our Menlo Park office.