A Vision for a Better World

We invest in the best teams and technologies that improve how we work, live, play, and learn. We help companies accelerate the impact of their innovations via direct access to our customers, partners, business leaders, and Cisco IT.

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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40+ Limited Partner Positions
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  • Who We Are

    Cisco Investments, the corporate venture capital arm of Cisco Systems, is a group of more than 40 investment professionals, located across the globe. Investments are a key part of our innovation strategy and they can vary in size and stage. Our purpose is to find the best teams to build the next generation of companies with disruptive technology and business models.

  • Where We Invest

    It starts and ends with innovation. From next-generation integrated optics to data visualization software, any innovation to keep Cisco’s products and services the best in the industry is a potential investment area. But it’s not limited to today’s product suite. Any disruptive technology or business model that harnesses the power of the intelligent network is interesting to us, as evidenced by our $300M+ commitment to over-the-horizon opportunities. To see our current portfolio, click here.

  • How We Help

    Cisco Investments can leverage the enormous resources of Cisco to really 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. Portfolio Companies understand the power of exponential scaling.

  • Success Stories

    What does success mean to you? Success is a process in which we partner with our Portfolio Companies to change the IT landscape. That process unfolds in myriad ways: help with supply chain relationships, access to customers, or a ... lighthouse account with Cisco IT…it is all possible. Over the last 20 years, Cisco Investments has invested in hundreds of companies across different segments. For example, Puppet Labs and Cisco are working together to change the game for IT automation. For more details on the Cisco and Puppet Labs success story, click here.  Read More

  • Cisco Innovation Grand Challenge

    Cisco’s 2016 Innovation Grand Challenge is searching for the most disruptive digital solutions for a safer, more sustainable and connected world. Sound like your solution? There has never been a better time to innovate! To enter, click here.