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Farouk Elnaas | Cisco Investments

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Farouk Elnaas

Senior Associate

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What I Do

As a member of the Cisco Investments team, I work hard to evaluate the best and brightest startup companies ready to scale with Cisco. Like the team I work with, the companies I source are brimming with brilliance and ready to break the mold of traditional business.

What I’m Passionate About

I’m passionate about working with founders who have an executable vision and a product of unique significance.

When I’m not in the office, you can catch me taking corners in my Honda VTX. Follow or get out of the way!

I love getting lost in the details. Details create depth, and depth breeds authenticity – one of the core values that drives me daily.  

My favorite supplement is Vitamin Sea, which I get for free at the beach.

A wise person once said, “A motorcycle is not merely nuts and bolts. It is a soul personified, rolling down the highway towards the purest form of freedom.”

Where I’ve Been

My journey into VC started in San Antonio, where I worked as an analyst evaluating early-stage investment opportunities in the manufacturing and distribution sector. Prior to VC, I was an analyst at the Bank of Tokyo’s Financial Sponsors Group and Wells Fargo’s M&A team.

Where I Learned

I graduated magna cum laude from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a BS in Finance.


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