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
Flashpoint
Flashpoint’s software and data services leverage intelligence from the Deep & Dark Web to help com-mercial and government clients understand and stay ahead of cyber and physical threats.
Verodin
Through automated defense analysis, Verodin customers achieve maximum value from security spending, better leverage existing security investments, and measurably improve their cyber prevention, detection and response capabilities.
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
04-iot
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
 
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,
 
Author: Ankur Saxena The recent DDoS attack via IoT botnets have again brought into the spotlight the dangers of connecting vulnerable IoT devices such as cameras, DVRs, and refrigerators to the internet. Furthermore, cyber-attacks on critical connected assets such as nuclear facilities, energy grids, steel mills and connected cars have grown over the recent years and more attacks are imminent. Cisco has been a pioneer in several IoT and Security segments. In order to extend Cisco’s market leadership,
 
Author: Hitesh Saijpal At Cisco Investments, we aim to give our portfolio companies exposure to our vast customer base.  One of the ways we do this is by giving them opportunities to present in our Customer Experience Center (CXC) briefings. Cisco regularly hosts customers of all sizes at our offices, who travel from around the world to learn more about how Cisco’s technology can transform their business through in-depth presentations and demos. A few weeks ago,
 
Author: Hitesh Saijpal A good sales strategy can make or break a new company. Even with an incredible product and overwhelming market demand, if you don’t have the right sales strategy you won’t be able to find and keep your customers. That’s why this week, we hosted our first ever sales workshop for Cisco Investments’ portfolio companies. Ten global companies joined us, either at Cisco’s headquarters in San Jose or virtually over WebEx,
 
Author: Vin Lingathoti Cisco Investments is bullish on venture investments in Italy. In a recent Q&A in Italy’s Economyup. IT, I shared some details about Cisco’s investment strategy in Italy. Cisco Investments, the corporate venture capital arm of Cisco, has 45 investment professionals across the globe. We actively seek investment opportunities in areas such as IoT, Security, Data Center, Big Data, Cloud and Enterprise Collaboration. Earlier this year, we invested €5M in Invitalia Ventures.
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