Who We Are
Cisco Investments, the corporate venture capital arm of Cisco Systems, is a group of more than 40 investment professionals, located across the globe, whose sole purpose is to find the best teams to build the next generation of companies with disruptive technology and business models. Investments are a key part of our innovation strategy and they can vary in size and stage.
Where We Invest
It starts and ends with innovation. From next-generation integrated optics to data visualization software, any innovation to keep Cisco’s products and services the best in the industry is a potential investment area. But it’s not limited to today’s product suite. Any disruptive technology or business model that harnesses the power of the intelligent network is interesting to us, as evidenced by our $300M+ commitment to over-the-horizon opportunities. To see our current portfolio, click here.
How We Help
Cisco Investments can leverage the enormous resources of Cisco to really make a difference in a start-up company’s trajectory. From innovative investment vehicles to Cisco’s world-class engineering talent to Cisco’s unmatched network of Channel Programs, Channel Partners, and Customer events such as Cisco Live!, companies in the Cisco Investment portfolio can experience what “investment” means in the broadest sense possible. Portfolio Companies understand the power of exponential scaling.
What does success mean to you? Over the last 20 years, Cisco Investments has invested in hundreds of companies across different segments and helped them build to successful IPOs or acquisitions. But success is also a process ... in which we partner with our Portfolio Companies to change the IT landscape. That process unfolds in myriad ways: help with supply chain relationships, access to customers, or a lighthouse account with Cisco IT…it is all possible. For example, Puppet Labs and Cisco are working together to change the game for IT automation. For more details on the Cisco and Puppet Labs success story, click here.
Cisco Innovation Grand Challenge
Are you an entrepreneur hoping to kickstart your venture? Cisco announces the 2015 Innovation Grand Challenge, a world-wide open competition designed to engage and support startups, entrepreneurs and developers around the globe. Enter for a chance to win $150,000 to fund your big idea. For more details, click here.
Active Investor since 1993
40+ Investment Professionals
$2 Billion Active Portfolio
80+ Direct Active Investments
35 Limited Partner Positions