As I’ve said before, I really think this Internet thing is here to stay. Not to date myself, but to date myself, my 20th high school reunion is this year. As the duly elected president of the 1987 graduating class at North Stanly High School (New London, NC), I have recently joined forces with my fellow class officers via the Internet (two in NC and one in PA) and we have started to track down classmates and let the word be known that we ARE having a 20th reunion.I have NO idea how we would do this so successfully and quickly without the internet. From looking up names to just going to sites that actually exist for reunions and whatnot -- classmates.com and reunion.com to name two particularly good ones -- this Internet thing has been very helpful. I tracked down a good friend (and fellow class officer) with the help of her current last name…we last talked 10 years ago pre-Internet…certainly, pre-ubiqitous internet. And if Malcolm Gladwell is right about anything (other than having a great head of hair -- another theme of 20 year reunions) it is the fact that there are some people who are just connected and finding the one or two of them then cascades down to a lot of other people. Read More »
For the second straight year, “Cisco Systems leads the telecommunications industry as the number one source of global innovation,” sayeth the Patent Board. I’ll go ahead and put words in you mouth and say, “WOW!!” According to a qualitative and quantitative analysis of 2006/2007 patent portfolios released in the annual Patent Scorecard, Cisco is the #1 most innovative company in telecommunications. Number of patents is not the only measurement for the ranking: “the quality, scientific strength and impact of its patents on the industry are also calculated.”I’ve got to admit that Cisco is on a roll and being named as “the number one source of global innovation” in the highly competitive and center-of-the-business-universe telecommunications industry is about the highest praise a company can receive. Sure, I’m a bit biased, but if you’ve followed this blog, you’ve seen that Fortune regards Cisco highly, Wired regards Cisco highly, the Financial Times regards Cisco highly, and now the Patent Board regards us highly. Still, we had noone in the company who could rank on PC World’s list of “Most Important People on the Web.” Maybe now that we’re the “#1 Innovator in Telecom” for the second straight year we’ll get some consideration next year. : )
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. : )We 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. Read More »
Video, video, video. Cisco loves video. Telepresence is an example of our video focus, as is our acquisition of WebEx. More and more we also use video as a way to communicate. Video helps visual learners as well as makes collaboration easier. Please see a recent video presentation from our SVP and CFO, Dennis Powell, talking about maximizing shareholder value. He talks about profitable growth, decision making, financial health, and integrity and transparency. I think it is an interesting and useful presentation, but if nothing else, please check out the format for this presentation and see if you find it useful in learning about Cisco and our approach to our company’s management. This presentation and other executive perspectives are produced out of our Executive Thought Leadership group.
So here’s a challenge. Go walk around downtown Silicon Valley, pick up a rock and throw it. I challenge you NOT to hit someone who has some sort of elaborate China or India investment strategy. It can’t be done. These days you need a sharp China or India strategy or else you’re just not with it.We’re pretty with it at Cisco and we’ve also got a pretty good corporate venture strategy for those two countries. But we don’t stay focused only on one place, if you’re going to catch market transitions, you need to start putting money to work in places where other people haven’t. So let me throw this place out for your consideration: Russia.Sure, its one of the famed”BRICs” so its not like no one has given it a thought before. But how many VCs or corporate VCs do you see putting together a really thoughtful approach to capitalizing on the emerging innovation economy happening there. Read More »