Cohesity

Cisco Investments a member of Cohesity’s $90 Million Series C Funding

Exabeam

Cisco Heads Cybersecurity Startup Exabeam's $30 Million Funding Round

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, CRO at Helpshift
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
Phunware
A Mobile Application development platform that provides location analytics and capabilities to help brands manage and monetize their mobile users.
How We Help
Cisco Investments can leverage the enormous resources of Cisco to 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.
Who We Are
We are an active investor with more than 40 investment professionals with deep market and technology expertise located in major geographies, including US, Canada, China, India, Israel, and Europe. Investments are a key part of our innovation strategy and they can vary in size and stage.

Our purpose is to support the next generation of companies with disruptive technology and business models. Over the last 20 years, Cisco Investments has invested in hundreds of companies across different 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
Where We Invest
The foundation of Cisco Investments’ $2B portfolio is built on investments in disruptive ideas that align with Cisco’s business today. But it’s not limited to today’s product suite. We also support those companies with ideas to shape the future of the global networking ecosystem. We have committed over $300M to invest in businesses that are focused on disruptive opportunities in the following areas over the next 2-3 years.
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Big Data / Analytics
02-mobility
SaaS / Applications
03-storage
Infrastructure
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Internet of Things
05-content-tech
Security
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Semiconductor
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India
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Israel
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China
What's New
 
CiscoLive! enables customers, executives, and partners to share insights on emerging technologies and their potential to transform the future. There is no better venue for Cisco Investments (CI) to showcase how we are leveraging our investment capital than at CiscoLive!. However, we don’t use CiscoLive! just to show off the cool companies we invest in, we leverage the event to increase their exposure and make critical connections both inside and outside Cisco. Nowhere was the above statement more evident than at CiscoLive!
 
Author: Tomer Goldberg and Walter Hu As one of the most active investors in corporate venture capital, Cisco Investments maintains partnerships with aggressive and forward thinking VCs to broaden our view of technology and tap into markets and geographies we can’t normally reach. We helped to organize a start-up / entrepreneur pitch day event titled “Calling All Entrepreneurs” with Bull City Venture Partners (BCVP), in Durham,
 
Author: John Kim and Hitesh Saijpal Back in November 2016, we had the opportunity to introduce three emerging portfolio companies to the senior leadership of Dimension Data at Cisco Partner Summit. These three companies were Flashpoint and Verodin, two security startups, and Helpshift, a mobile customer support startup. That meeting was about raising awareness, but by the end of the afternoon, we had shared ideas for integrating solutions and collaborating on various joint customer opportunities.
 
For Startups in 2017 “Travel more” is always at the top of anyone’s wish list. And for startup leaders who need to combine a bit of work with their play, determining which networking events to attend is an essential step to increase their brand exposure and meet the industry movers and shakers who can help them do it. There are hundreds of global networking events for startup leaders to choose from.
 
Author: Tod Hays Startups need more than just funding to run a successful business. That’s why Cisco Investments works to provide relevant entrepreneur workshops like the one we held last month focusing on sales. We had Paula Hansen, VP of Sales in Cisco’s Global Enterprise business, as a presenter. And she’s one of the best in the business. Hansen drives business value and market differentiation and has an impressive track record of consistent profitable revenue growth and partnerships.
 
Cisco Live enables customers, executives, and partners to gather together in a venue that encourages interaction and making impactful connections. It provides a location and setting to share insights on emerging technologies and discuss the potential of each one to transform the future. Considering the above and the value in providing our portfolio companies with exposure to such an event, Cisco Investments will again host a targeted set of Cisco’s world wide investment portfolio at CiscoLive!
 
Author: Hitesh Saijpal Delivering IT services seamlessly, reliably, and at a global scale for tens of thousands of employees and contractors is never easy. And yet, Cisco IT makes it look easy. This makes Cisco IT special and a key part of our value as a strategic investor. At Cisco Investments, we are pleased to expose our portfolio companies to Cisco IT, so they can validate an idea or explore proof of concepts and pilots,
 
Author: Hitesh Saijpal One of the most exciting things about my role is being able to introduce Cisco Investment (CI) Portfolio companies to our customers. Not only can our portfolio companies provide valuable insights into new markets for our customers, but many of these startups are innovating in emerging technologies that can be a competitive advantage for our customers. On December 6th, CI partnered with IDEAL London and University College London to host a customer event at the Cisco Innovation Center in London.
 
Author: Hitesh Saijpal One of the most exciting things about being a strategic investor is getting deep insight into what’s happening in growing markets like IoT or big data. This kind of exposure and market intelligence is valuable not just for Cisco as a whole, but also for our vast network of customers and partners. We recently hosted a deep dive on our IoT investment strategy for one of our leading channel partners,
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