Norman Winarsky

Norman Winarsky

Executive in Residence


Norman is an Executive In Residence 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.