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Where Innovation Meets Opportunity

Where Innovation Meets Opportunity

Who We Are
With 40+ investment professionals located across major geographies, our mission as a premier corporate investor is to empower the next generation of disruptive start-ups. Over the last 20 years, Cisco Investments has invested in hundreds of companies in multiple segments.
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Active Investor
Since 1993
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40+ Investment
Professionals
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$2 Billion
Active Portfolio
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100+ Direct
Active Investments
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42+ Limited
Partner Positions
How We Help
Cisco Investments leverages the enormous resources of Cisco to make a difference in a start-up company’s trajectory, whether it’s innovative investment vehicles, Cisco’s world-class sales team, Cisco’s unmatched network of Channel Programs & Partners, or customer events like CiscoLive!
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Datos IO
“The Portfolio Development Team has been our trusted advisors …as we scale our go-to-market with access to their global sales team and partner base. The Cisco Investments team is part of the Datos IO family, as invested in our success as we are!”
- Tarun Thakur, Co-Founder & CEO, Datos IO
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Illusive networks
“I believe Cisco’s investment in Illusive Networks provides us with a competitive advantage in the deception space… I view the Cisco Investments team as a critical partner in our go-to-market strategy. They create a force multiplier effect on our pipeline and growth, and they have become a part of the Illusive family.”
- Tracy Pallas, VP Channel Sales illusive networks
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Helpshift
"Cisco Investments is a great ally, they function like a strategic Enterprise play with layers of folks that can help in multiple directions: intros to Cisco internal departments, their strategic Partners, as well as their remarkable customer base. I’m delighted to have them involved on Helpshift and consider them a strategic partner."
- Kevin Grant, Former CRO at Helpshift
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CloudCherry
"The Portfolio Development Team at Cisco Investments is our Strategy and GTM team rolled into one. We get access to a phenomenal tech platform to build upon, very specific mentoring on scaling, and access to a global sales force and customer base. Their team is as invested in our success as we are and that makes all the difference to a young start-up like us!"
- Vinod Muthukrishnan, Co-Founder & CEO
Where We Invest
While the foundation of Cisco Investments’ $2B portfolio is built on investments in disruptive businesses that align with Cisco’s business today, we are committed to invest in ideas that will shape the future of the broader networking ecosystem.
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Big Data / Analytics
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SaaS / Applications
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Infrastructure
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Internet of Things
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Security
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Semiconductor
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India
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Israel
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China
Latest News and Events
 
By Daniel Karp Navigating the complexities of strategic investments can be both beneficial and challenging for startups and strategic investors. According to CBInsights and others, strategic investors are becoming an increasingly important stakeholder in the venture ecosystem, and can provide multiple benefits to portfolio companies. However, concerns may arise from customers and partners about the relationship between the strategic investor and the portfolio company. At Cisco Investments, we have dealt with these complexities in the past,
 
By Hitesh Saijpal The corporate venture capital space has continued to become more and more competitive over the last few years. For this reason, it is important that the investments arm of any large organization differentiates itself from its peers/competitors. Cisco Investments is no exception, and our team have been working hard to make sure our portfolio companies get the benefits that only Cisco can bring. Specifically around go-to-market activities, three of the key benefits that Cisco Investments bring to the table are: Access and warm introductions to global partner organizations Direct access to major global customers Access to our global sales force But how do we unlock this value?
 
By Pratima Aiyagari In Part 3 of our Artificial Intelligence series, I’ll share how we at Cisco view Artificial Intelligence and how it is going to impact our business. The next generation of applications, product categories, and services that we offer will be enabled by AI. Here are a seven practical examples where we are incorporating AI in our products and services: Contact Center – the next generation of customer care products will be enabled by AI-enabled Bots to automate repetitive tasks and provide a user interface that is more “natural”
 
By PRNewsire Elastifile, the enterprise hybrid cloud data management company, today announced that it has closed a $16 million funding round, led by Western Digital Capital, the strategic investment fund of Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC). With this investment from a group of existing and new investors, the total backing raised by Elastifile is over $65 million. Elastifile’s unique cross-cloud data fabric offering is growing quickly with over 40 customers.
 
Machine learning and deep learning can be powerful toolkits for enterprise CIOs – but how can you tell which framework is best for your business? The prospect of deep learning doing all the heavy lifting when it comes to building a prediction model sounds very exciting. However, it poses significant challenges when it comes to organizational problem solving due to the following reasons. 1. Data hunger: Deep Learning often requires millions of examples to train and achieve acceptable accuracy.
 
By Ankur Saxena How smart are you when it comes to the nuances of Artificial Intelligence (AI)? When you read about the future of AI, it can seem like there are a lot of buzzwords being thrown around in the media. Differentiating among AI, machine learning and deep learning technologies can be confusing, especially when terms are being used interchangeably. Let’s begin by clearing things up with a few definitions. First,
 
By Tomer Goldberg We are excited to announce our investment in Prospera Technologies, a leader in digital farming who enables agro-businesses to turn their farms into fully digital plants, with tighter control, higher productivity, and more predictable output. Over the last 20 years, Cisco Investments has invested in hundreds of companies across different segments. We continue to invest in new technologies because we see investments as a key part of our innovation strategy and a way to support companies with disruptive technology and business models.
 
By Erin Griffin at Fortune Cisco is an acquisition machine, having done nearly 200 deals in its history. The company’s last minute acquisition of AppDynamics in January is arguably the most exciting deal of 2017. On Monday, the company announced its second deal of the year, paying $610 million acquisition of Viptela, a cloud-based SD-WAN company based in San Jose. (Fortune’s Jonathan Vanian has more about that deal here.) Over two interviews,
 
A few years ago, Tarun Thakur and Prasenjit Sarkar noticed a transformative shift changing the face of the IT industry. They saw the way applications were influencing the IT stack, realizing that next-generation applications – like analytics, IoT and ecommerce – were being born directly in the cloud. And they discovered that the majority of organizations they met with were interested in migrating their traditional, classically structured applications over to the cloud,
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