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Cisco: Fortune “Most Admired Company” for 8 Straight Years

April 5, 2007
at 12:00 pm PST

For the eighth straight year, Cisco has been named to Fortune’s Most Admired Companies list. We are also the #1 Most Admired in the Network Communications category. While I don’t like to take any credit when it is not due to me, I joined the company 8 years ago and we’ve been on the list ever since. Coincidence? Next time I talk to Fortune Managing Editor Andy Serwer, I’ll ask him. : )fortune_logo_lg.gifWe are also honored to have been named one of Fortune’s Top 10 “Blue Ribbon Companies.” It means were were on the most Fortune, Business 2.0 and Fortune Small Business lists -- including the FORTUNE 500, Fastest-Growing and Best Companies to Work For. That sounds like a really great group to be in and it sounds like those companies might be good to work for. Here are Cisco’s listings. The other 9 companies on the list are Microsoft, Intel, Motorola, Eli Lilly, Apple, Amgen, Exxon-Mobil, Wal-Mart, and Conoco-Phillips.On another note, we are obviously doing some really cool stuff at Cisco. We have smart people and, imho, are in the sweet spot for where technology is moving in the next 5, 10 and 20 years…and beyond. This internet thing, what with the data, the video, the voice, the mobility, etc. seems to be not only popular, but useful and effective. I think it will stick around for a bit. And, as Cisco is the platform technology for the Internet, that’s why I’m bullish. Time will tell, but I’m feeling good.In a conversation I’ve had recently with a Cisco engineer, he told me that at some point in the future the network would be able to operate as a translator between languages…i.e. you could have a device that would “real-time” translate one language into another. So, you could have the device in your ear or through TelePresence or whatever and your colleague could speak to you in Chinese and you would hear them in English. (I am assuming that if you are reading this, you speak English and don’t speak Chinese, but certainly replace whatever languages make it most compelling to you.) Anyway, how cool is that? It made me think, however, how far could we extend this? I have an 8 week old baby, Jack, and if we could use the network to translate him, that would be AWESOME. In the meantime, if any of you out there speak baby-talk, I would be most appreciative if you could translate the following video for me. Thanks in advance for your help. And, congrats to my company for being a great company.

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