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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 at Datos IO
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Verodin
“Having Cisco as a strategic investor has been a cornerstone to Verodin’s success. One key component of that value is Cisco Investments' Portfolio Development Team, actively working to facilitate powerful introductions to world-class partners, customers and industry events. Cisco Investments is setting a new standard in the value a strategic investor can bring to young, fast growing companies like Verodin.”
- Ben Cianciaruso, Co-Founder & COO at Verodin
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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 at illusive networks
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Helpshift
“Cisco Investments has been such a valued partner in our mission to elevate customer service standards and promote the modern messaging experience. We're so fortunate that the Cisco team values CX and machine learning as much as we do, as this alignment is integral as we scale our go-to-market strategy for the enterprise.”
- Linda Crawford, CEO at Helpshift
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Moogsoft
“From the inception of Moogsoft, Cisco Investments have been a critical partner of Moogsoft. Despite being part of the Cisco corporate entity this has not been confined to helping Moogsoft navigate its way around Cisco (valuable as that is), it has also extended to a network of introductions that spreads pretty much the whole of the technology industry. As part of our journey the relationship has helped us sell, recruit, innovate and compete far more effectively than we could have imagined. The team is a quality outfit.”
- Phil Tee, Chairman & CEO at Moogsoft
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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 at CloudCherry
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Securview
“Cisco Investments is a true partner of portfolio companies like SecurView. They have been instrumental in helping SecurView connect at multiple levels within Cisco Business Units and in introducing SecurView to Cisco executives. We often seek Cisco Investments’ feedback on our strategy which has helped SecurView establish itself as a thought leader in the cybersecurity space.”
- Rajeev Khanolkar, President & CEO at SecurView
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Exabeam
“Cisco Investments and the Cisco Security Business Group, have become hugely impactful, strategic allies for Exabeam. These Cisco business units have joined forces to position Exabeam and its products alongside the Cisco Security portfolio—helping joint customers detect modern cyberattacks like insider threats and lateral movement—as well as creating an automated incident response platform capable of triggering rapid, corrective actions to threats using existing Cisco solutions.”
- Nir Polak, Co-Founder & CEO at Exabeam
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
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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?
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