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.
Active Investor
Since 1993
40+ Investment
$2 Billion
Active Portfolio
100+ Direct
Active Investments
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!
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
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
"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, CRO at Helpshift
"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.
Big Data / Analytics
SaaS / Applications
Internet of Things
Latest News and Events
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,
If the term “Multiscreen as a Service™ (MaaS)” doesn’t resonate with you now, it will once you meet the insightful and forward-thinking minds behind Phunware, a Cisco Investments portfolio company. Founded in 2009 and dubbed the “pioneer” of MaaS, Phunware’s products act as the software component of Digital Transformation, enabling high-value touchpoints between brands and end users—supported by Cisco infrastructure, hardware and bandwidth. Phunware makes this possible thanks to an approach called mobile application lifecycle management,
To say that the mobility landscape has changed in recent years is an understatement. And as an investor with Cisco Investments, Matt Carbonara has an enviable perspective – and position – on spotting what’s new and next in the industry and welcoming new mobility-centered startups into the Cisco Investments Portfolio. Matt and his colleagues are responsible for Cisco’s investments and acquisitions in the mobility market, from the beginning where startups are vetted for their potential to the conclusion of the process where startups gain investment from Cisco and collaborating with Cisco.
With a team of “white hat hackers, multilingual maestros, and intel geeks” speaking more than 15 languages, it’s no wonder that Cisco Investments portfolio company Flashpoint’s cyber security efforts in the “deep, dark” web is coming to light. Founded in 2010, Flashpoint leverages a suite of analytical tools and data to derive data their clients use to make more business-informed decisions. While this could describe almost any cyber-security company in the market,
The “deep and dark web” is not an area average Internet users finds themselves surfing. But for Cisco Investments Deal Manager Prasad Parthasarathi, working with one of their portfolio companies with a presence in this nefarious corner of the cyber world enables him to protect client business interests and help skyrocket the portfolio company’s profile. 100,000 Foot View As part of the Cisco Investments team focused on cyber security,
Cisco Live Las Vegas is June 25-29 Thousands of technology innovators are poised to converge in Las Vegas for CiscoLive! – a week of training, education, inspiration, and human connection to help you thrive in the innovative new world of digital business. CiscoLive! features today’s visionary IT thought leaders and comes packed with more than 1,000 education sessions and hundreds of our top partners. More than 28,000 attendees from around the world representing many disciplines and industries are expected to attend Key features of CiscoLive!
The end of a government contract was the catalyst for an entirely new business beginning for LiveAction, one of Cisco Investments’ most prolific investment portfolio companies. LiveAction’s technology and solutions center around developing IT visibility solutions designed to simplify network management. “Our software manages routers, switches, firewalls and other network elements. We visualize these on a map from a Global View to a Branch View, all the way down to a Device View,” said LiveAction Executive Chairman Darren Kimura.
Five years ago, Scott MacDonald and Whitney Rockley, the founders of McRock Capital, a venture capital firm focused on developing start-ups in Industrial Internet of Things, realized that in order to make the right investments and empower their companies, they needed to establish an eco-system of large industrial corporates and the start-ups who could transform their businesses. In 2012, they started with a simple meeting in a conference room, and have now progressed into a full-blown show,