The Golden Globes. The Oscars. The Bloggies. The Fortune “Best Companies to Work For.” Some of them have been announced, some are coming soon.Cisco was not nominated for The Golden Globes or the Oscars this year, but for the 10th year in a row, Cisco has been named one of The 100 Best Companies to Work For in the U.S by Fortune Magazine. In 2007, Cisco is number 11, up from number 25 in 2006, making the company the largest technology employer in the top 20.What makes Cisco a great place to work? In my estimation (I wasn’t surveyed), smart people; smart, innovative, relevant products; an aspirational mission to change the way we work, live, learn and play through the network; on-site dental, daycare, haircuts, oilchanges, drycleaning; ownership: virtually all employees are shareholders; and last, but not least, a real passion among employees and our executive team that we really are making a difference in the world by connecting people through the network, whether it is for healthcare, entertainment, education, retail, research or whatever. While you may think it sounds cheesy, we truly believe that the network is the platform for all of life’s interactions. Who makes that network? That’s right, the #11 best place to work in America and proud of it!!Congratulations, of course, to our Silicon Valley neighbors who also made the list: Google (#1), Genentech (#2), Network Appliance (#6), Adobe Systems (#31), Intuit (#33) and Yahoo! (#44).
Sign me up for one of those biometric scanners at the cash register. I’m tired of having to scavenge around for my wallet, extract my debit card, slide it through the card scanner, and punch in all the codes and buttons. Let me just press my finger on the reader and be on my way with my groceries.And I won’t mind punching my size 36 x 30 into a kiosk if lights begin flashing to guide me to my correct size in Lee jeans. I don’t mind giving up the hunt each time I’ve got to rummage through 20 pairs of jeans to find my size. Read More »
In the past week and a half or so, because of our suit against Apple for infringing on our iPhone trademark, I’ve nearly spent more time on other blog sites than I have in the previous two years since I started blogging at Cisco. I’ve come across a lot of very interesting and thoughtful bloggers (as well as some very funny ones) and thought that I’d highlight a few of them for your reading pleasure. This is, in no way, an exhaustive list and if your favorite tech blog isn’t listed, please comment and I’ll publish it. As a nominator for this year’s Bloggies I may or may not have voted for some of the blogs listed below. It’s a secret ballot, so I’ll never tell.TechCrunch -- Most of you already know this blog, but I still highlight it as a quality resource for learning about technology trends and culture.GigaOm -- DittoSiliconValleyWatcher -- DittoThe Secret Diary of Steve Jobs -- very well written and very funny.”Between the Lines” blog at ZDNET with Dan Farber and Larry Dignan -- In the know and a good read. Ed Burnette should also be called out for his analysis work on his ZDNet blog as well as covering “software, gadgets and games.”ValleyWag - well described as a “tech gossip rag.”Crunchgear - Ditto to #1.And, last but not least, of course the ever utilized and ever useful Technorati and Digg.Thanks for the good reading, bloggers, and keep up the good work.
We’ve been following our iPhone trademark issue in the blogosphere closely and it’s been interesting to see the commentary from some posters suggesting that somehow Cisco either in the US or Europe didn’t meet the requirements to maintain the iPhone trademark. Our response is pretty simple: We have met all elements required by all authorities to maintain our mark. We’ve been pretty direct about the fact that we’ve been shipping the iPhone since last spring.
First, a very brief recap. Our property (the iPhone trademark) is being used without our permission. We filed suit to stop this. It is as simple as that.Now, to clarify some questions that are out there: 1) Has Cisco maintained its rights to the iPhone trademark? Cisco has used its iPhone trademark in all ways necessary to maintain it and keep it valid. We are not a litigious company, but we will act when our property is used without our permission.2) Cisco has been saying that this dispute with Apple wasn’t over money but over the desire to be more interoperable with Apple. What does that mean? Let’s be clear…this issue is about infringement on Cisco’s trademark. On interoperability, in general, we were asking for the two companies to work together to make our products and technologies more interoperable. Cisco has been a longtime proponent of interoperability within the high-tech industry for the benefit of the companies involved and, more importantly, the end-users of those products and technologies. Interoperability is important because, as we’ve said, we see the potential for convergence of the home phone, cell phone, work phone, and the PC as limitless and we see the network as the foundation for innovation that allows converged devices to deliver the services consumers want. Read More »