So, I did my best sour-grapes impression when I lamented the fact that nobody from Cisco was on PC World’s “Most Important People on the Web” but that Perez Hilton and others, in the eyes of PC World, are more important than anybody at Cisco. Wired magazine this month came out with their 10th Annual Top 40 Most Innovative Companies in the World and Cisco, naturally, is on the list. We are #8 (up from #12 last year) and while I may disagree, of course, with the fact that we are not #1…not everybody can be the #1 on every list. They write: “As the petabits surge, Cisco keeps outflanking cut-rate competitors and surfing the flood of online video. VoIP gear and set-top boxes contribute to ’90s-style earnings growth. Now CEO John Chambers hopes to sell the world on wall-size, hi-def telepresence.” For more on TelePresence, see my previous blog entry…or see here.
NEW YORK, NY -- I’m in New York this week having some very interesting meetings with some very interesting media outlets. Many of the conversations I have had over the past two days with some of the leading business, wire and consumer outlets have included the topic of blogs. On the topic of blogs, I’m generally not into navel gazing, but when some of the most influential publications in the U.S. (and, arguably the world) ask you about blogs or talk about their online or blogging efforts as much as their off-line efforts, then you know that blogs are having an impact on “the conversation.” Read More »
Charlie Giancarlo is Cisco’s Chief Development Officer and President, Linksys. His full bio here. (.pdf document)Today, we announced Cisco’s agreement to acquire WebEx Communications, Inc. We feel strongly that network-based collaboration is a large part of our future and believe that WebEx is an excellent platform to build on. Whether for students using the web to collaborate on research projects or for medical specialists to work together to make the best medical decisions, collaborative technologies are growing in sophistication and use because people want to work or play with other people regardless of physical proximity.Many pundits are trying to define Web 2.0 or even predict Web 3.0. What Web 2.0 means to me is straightforward: Web 2.0 technologies allow users to collaborate directly over the open platform of the Internet -collaborating with video, voice and information 24 hours a day, 24 time zones around the world. Web 2.0 is perhaps most evident in the consumer marketplace with social networking sites, mash-ups and video sharing services. This is the”play” part of Web 2.0. But this collaborative technology will make huge advances in the business effectiveness with online collaborative tools like WebEx’s. WebEx was one of the early leaders in this market and remains a leader 10 years later, making intercompany collaboration accessible and easy for their customers. Read More »
Last year, Cisco teamed up with MTVU -- the broadband and college oriented cable network of MTV - to create the Digital Incubator project -- a national grant program with the aim of discovering and supporting new digital media broadband innovators. We are excited to report that a winning team from the first year of MTVU’s and Cisco’s Digital Incubator project won the student “Web Award” at the SXSW Interactive Festival. The UCLA student web project known as “How Do I Say This” is the winner of the SXSW Interactive student web award!!!! SXSW, of course, is South by Southwest Interactive, Film and Music Festivals and conference that takes place each year in Austin, Texas.Cisco is obvlously proud to be a partner with MTVU and to help give a platform for all of the creativity at the Digital Incubator project, but, clearly, we’re most pleased for the team at UCLA and their “How Do I Say This?” project. Great job, UCLA team. Now, if Arron Afflalo can just get hot in the NCAA tournament and bring home another bit of recognition to UCLA in the form of another NCAA basketball championship!!! (And, with apologies to an un-named Cisco executive who went to Duke, I’d be quite happy with my home-state Tar Heels bringing home some hardware as well.) Read More »
Many of you have likely already seen PC World’s “50 Most Important People on the Web” article that came out this Monday. I just came across it thanks to the Fake Steve Jobs blog, which is back online after a brief hiatus. Lists always leave someone out who think they should be on it. “Am I on the list?” “Did I make the list?” “Who’s on the list?” My comment on the PC World list is this: (And, yes, this is Sour Grapes 101)…Cisco is not on the list that is self-entitled, “Here’s who’s shaping what you read, watch, hear, write, buy, sell, befriend, flame, and otherwise do online.” To be sure, this list is focused on social media and web policy, etc. However, the list says it includes what you “otherwise do online”…i.e. what enables your online experience.IMHO, I would argue that it is Cisco gear that is enabling all of this interaction and social media to take place. (Of course, we are not service providers, but our gear enables service providers (cable, telecom, etc.) to give the world “dial-tone” to the internet.) Fake Steve Jobs blogs sub-head says, “Dude, I invented the frigging iPod. Have you heard of it?” I think the sub-head of this blog should be “We invented the friggin network router. Have you heard of it?” Read More »