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Cisco welcomes launch of first ever U.S. National IP Strategy

In a fascinating profile of Thomas Edison that appeared recently in Time Magazine I was reminded once again of Edison’s importance to America’s historic strength in science, innovation and discovery. Edison’s goal was to create a “minor invention” every ten days and a “major invention” every six months.  His track record was astounding:  1,093 total patents and key breakthroughs such as the pho…

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Russian President Medvedev visits Cisco HQ in San Jose

…e first phase.  Cisco today announced that it will extend its existing venture commitment to Russia’s innovation economy with an incremental $100M.   Through direct innovation-enabling investments and a deepening of its collaborative model with Almaz Capital Partners, Cisco aims to further stimulate the venture community which enables Russia’s innovation agenda.  In extending its longstanding focus on talent develo…

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Do This or Do That? Try “Doing Both”

…and CEO Jeff Immelt “Companies are often confronted with false choices, such as disruptive or sustaining innovation and optimization or reinvention. This book draws on Cisco’s impressive track record over the last decade to illustrate that the correct strategy is always to do both.” – Ratan Tata, Chairman, Tata Group “In clear and graceful prose, Inder Sidhu provides practical lessons by describing the execution and i…

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Cisco’s Strategy is 7″ Wide

If you’ve ever worked on a complicated crossword puzzle you know that there is often one word or phrase that connects many rows. It’s the answer that connects the dots for so many other answers, suddenly making the whole puzzle come together. At Cisco Live 2010 this week, John Chambers unveiled the Cisco Cius. The beautiful 7” color touch screen of the Cisco Cius will be compared to other tablet devices in the market, but to se…

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Innovation vs Commoditization, Revisited

  So, a couple of weeks ago, I had an interesting conversation going with a fellow blogger Steve Duplessie about our prospects versus a certain vendor of IT gear and office supplies.  Steve’s contention was that our competition’s ability to push the “commodity envelope” would give them a strategic advantage. At the time, I argued that pushing the commodity envelope (i.e. making things cheaper) only gets you so…

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