Amit Chaturvedy joined Cisco Investments in 2014 and leads the global investment practice for Enterprise Networking and Cloud. Prior to Cisco, Amit was at Summit Partners where he sourced and led investments in communications technology, financial services and consumer sectors in US, Europe and India. Previously, he was at Cummins Inc. where he designed software for diesel engines and led customer liaison activities for Daimler Chrysler Corporation. Amit also worked in the investment banking group at Citigroup, NY.
At Cisco Investments, we see diversity and inclusion (D&I) as a bridge – a way to connect people with diverse perspectives to explore new possibilities, spark new ideas, and drive innovation.
Innovation is at the heart of what we do. We invest in companies that we believe are shaping the future of technology, and we are constantly looking for the next disruptive startup. We know diverse perspectives and approaches to problem solving lead to better decision making and breakthrough innovation, so it makes sense that we support diverse startups.
Cisco Investments has increased our focus on investing in funds led by women and people of color over the past five years. And now we’ve expanded our commitment to D&I with the announcement of the Aspire Fund, dedicating $50M to startups and funds with diverse leadership over the next five years.
This year, we also kicked off our first survey of diversity in our portfolio companies. The results are summarized in our 2021 Cisco Investments Diversity Report. We will conduct this survey annually and use the results to offer insights and help our portfolio companies best leverage the benefits of D&I.
Read the 2021 report to learn more about diversity in Cisco Investments’ portfolio.