Biren Gandhi

Head of Drone Business & Distinguished Strategist

Corporate Strategy Office

Biren Gandhi (http://lnkd.in/biren) is a Distinguished Strategist in Cisco’s Corporate Strategy Office, focused on identifying key technology trends and accelerating their adoption through acquisitions, development or partnering. He has built a successful track record of bringing innovation to life through strategic collaborations with startups, venture capital firms, universities and partner ecosystems.

Currently, Biren spearheads strategy for highly disruptive technologies, such as the Internet of Things, fog computing, Drones/UAVs, Blockchain, Deep Learning, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence.

Biren has nearly 20 years of leadership, strategic and tactical technology experience in diverse verticals like social networking, cloud, big data, mobile, telecom, social gaming and enterprise collaboration. Prior to joining Cisco in 2011, Biren was divisional CTO of a few gaming studios at Zynga and before that a Sr. Architect at Facebook. He also co-founded AdMunity, a startup providing a collaborative social platform for the advertising community.

Biren actively participates as a keynote speaker, panel judge, mentor or advisor in internal and external events in the venture capital, startup, innovation, accelerator and incubator domains, focusing on disruptive new frontier technologies. He also participates in fund-raising efforts for a number of non-profits and enjoys sharing his various interests at http://thoughts.birengandhi.com.


November 7, 2016


Stuck in Traffic? Drones May Provide Relief

Much has been made of the commercial potential of drones, yet actually implementing commercial drone applications seems to be mired in a complex web of unclear regulations and doubt about technical feasibility. While it may yet take a long time to work through the regulatory issues, Cisco is moving ahead with an ecosystem of partners […]

September 13, 2016


DIY Drones Spark Innovation in India

Last month, as part of Cisco’s ongoing drone innovation efforts, I helped organize Cisco’s first-ever hands-on drone workshop for employees in our Bangalore office. “Drone Stars” was jointly sponsored by the Corporate Strategic Innovations Group and thingQbator, Cisco’s internal maker lab, which supports people in trying out new ideas.

May 18, 2016


There’s Never Been a Better Time for Drones to Save Lives

“Can drones save lives?” It’s a question that many outside the drone industry might find startling. Much of the general public still perceives drones as being deployed primarily for aerial surveillance or attacks in times of war.  This view was certainly reinforced in the recent movie, “Eye in the Sky.” However, that’s a very narrow […]

May 10, 2016


Commercial Drones: Developing the Ecosystem

To take the commercial drone industry from infancy to adulthood, there is a lot to be done. The lion’s share of that work will involve companies working together to discuss technology, architecture, security, standards, and interoperability. This is where Cisco sees great opportunity, and where we can add great value. While there is widespread interest […]

March 31, 2016


Catalysts for 10x Innovation – Innovator Attributes

“Culture eats strategy for breakfast,” were the final words echoed last week during a thought-provoking Innovation Catalyst training session at Cisco’s campus in Richardson, Texas. Building on earlier sessions in San Jose last November, I joined other super-charged Cisco leaders to learn more about winning formulas and attributes that can cultivate 10x innovation across our […]

January 5, 2016


IoT, Robotics, Drones: Triggers for Digital Transformation

Happy Disruptive New Year! As 2016 promises to unleash digital innovations across industries, let’s pause for a moment and ask ourselves: What are some of the common triggers of this disruptive transformation to digitize business and society? Three that immediately spring to my mind are: the Internet of Things (IoT), Robotics and Drones. On the […]

December 1, 2015


Catalysts for 10x Innovation (Part 2)

Hatching brilliant ideas for the world’s next big innovation is the easy part.  Bringing those ideas to life -- through new...

November 18, 2015


Catalysts for 10x Innovation (Part 1)

“Why does a computer need a fan? I want my computer to be quiet and small!” Steve Jobs actually provoked that question when he started the journey that led to the creation of Apple II nearly four decades ago.  And, of course, the journey made history and continues on into new frontiers of technology. Asking […]

November 2, 2015


Life Saving Drones Aid First Responders

Emergency readiness is one of the most frequently practiced and probably one of the least frequently exercised drills. However, when it counts on saving human lives, it really counts. One such massive effort in emergency preparedness took place during the week of Sep 28 at the Guardian Centers in Atlanta, Georgia area.  Guardian Centers is […]