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Are you a head of state? Come to Cisco.

You may have seen that U.S. President George W. Bush visited Cisco’s campus last week. He called Cisco,”one of America’s most innovative companies.” Very nice of him to say that and I must agree, although, I probably would have said”world’s most innovative companies,” but still-He was in Silicon Valley to talk about his competitiveness initiative and we were all pleased that he chose Cisco in order to do so. Joining him, at a table of six, were our CEO, John Chambers, and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger among others (who a friend suggested we may need to get a cube for him as it was his second time visiting Cisco in as many weeks.) The President’s full remarks can be read here.Anywho, President Bush is not the first head of state to visit Cisco’s campus in San Jose, CA. Since I have been at Cisco (circa 1999) we have also hosted the Presidents of Chile and Mexico, as well as the King of Jordan, and in 1998, then-U.S. Vice President Al Gore and Russian Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin…this is not an exhaustive list, however.What does a head of state get out of meeting with Cisco? First and foremost: knowledge. Cisco invented the technology that forms the core of the Internet. We use the secure internet to run our business and save billions of dollars in operational costs and efficiencies. We can help governments do the same. Read More »

Governor Schwarzenegger At Cisco

Last week, Cisco hosted California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger who sat down with our CEO, John Chambers, as well as 20 or so other CEOs and high-tech executives from California. This meeting was put together by two technology trade associations of which we are members: TechNet and AEA. While it was a private meeting and I can’t report on the meeting proceedings, I can tell you what John Chambers talked about to the group…competitiveness.His presentation to the Governor and group of executives was framed by the four key pillars of what, in his view, it takes a state…or a nation…or be competitive in this increasingly flat world. Here they are: Read More »

Win a Round of Golf At Augusta National!!

So, I was watching The Masters a bit this weekend and I’m thinking how great it would be to actually play at Augusta National. I have the wireless Internet going at home, so I’m also checking out scorecards of players as I’m watching. Anyway, the point of this brief note is: HOW GREAT WOULD IT BE IF YOU COULD WIN A ROUND AT AUGUSTA BY WATCHING THE MASTERS? Maybe that’s a bit too pedestrian for the Augusta National members, but an online contest in concert with CBS would be HUGE. CBS, are you listening? Chairman Hootie Smith, are you listening?If you were watching on Sunday and saw Rocco Mediate put two into the drink on the Par 3 12th hole and then put the next one in the sand over the green and you were wondering, as was I, “what was his final score on that hole?”, you wouldn’t have learned it on CBS coverage…you had to go to and check the “hole by hole” summary. What did he make on that hole? That would be a very tough 10. Yep, seven over par. That makes it tough to win a tournament.I bet I could get a 10 on that hole…that is, IF I won the Masters/CBS online raffle…they just need to implement it.

Net Neutrality: “What we have here is a failure to communicate”

In a column on Net Neutrality in today’s San Francisco Chronicle, the editorialist states: “Here’s the problem: Let’s say pays extra fees to have its site load faster on people’s browsers. And let’s say a smaller online bookstore can’t afford the fees and thus its site loads more slowly. Assuming book prices at both sites are comparable, which one will get more business over the long haul? Most likely, the one with better performance — in this case, Amazon. The smaller upstart can’t compete.”Read the full SFChronicle story here.This, the author says, is the crux of the argument about why network operators shouldn’t be allowed to charge for their services like, say, the mobile phone operators charge for their services…or, dare I say, how Amazon charges for its services. Let me ‘splain. Read More »

High-Ranking Executives: Cuban, Schwartz, Edelman, Lutz…Earnhardt

In today’s Wall Street Journal, reporter William Bulkeley pens an interesting article on corporate America joining the blogosphere. I commend the read to all. However, what is most interesting (to me, anyway) is the list of at the bottom of the article entitled “Blogs from the Top.” The graphic reads: “Among the thousands of corporate blogs are some written by high-ranking executives. Here’s a sampling.” The list includes GM’s Robert Lutz, Vice Chairman; Jonathan Schwartz, President, Sun Microsystems; Mark Cuban, Chief Executive, Dallas Mavericks; Richard Edelman, Chief Executive, Edelman & Co.; and, of course, John Earnhardt, Senior Manager, Cisco Systems. Um, that John Earnhardt and this John Earnhardt are one and the same. Yes, I am very powerful.JJE - WSJ - Blog - 3 apr 06.gifOkay, so maybe the WSJ researchers let this one slip by, but I commend them for their prescience. I commend them for recognizing raw talent. I commend them for listing our WWGA blog in the Wall Street Journal. Read More »