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.


October 8, 2015


IoE and Drones: A Tale of Two Technologies

1 min read

In September, more than 2,500 drone enthusiasts gathered in Las Vegas for world’s largest commercial drone show, InterDrone. As I touched upon in my previous blog post, people often ask about Cisco’s role in drone ecosystem. During my keynote address the audience was astonished (a big “wow” factor) to learn that drones represent a key […]

September 10, 2015


Drones: Just Buzz or Real Business?

2 min read

“Why Cisco?” I was asked repeatedly after speaking on a panel about drones. “Why not Cisco?” was my passionate response. The occasion was the recent NASA UTM Convention at Silicon Valley’s historic Moffett Field to explore creative traffic management solutions for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), popularly known as drones. At Cisco, we see a full […]

August 12, 2015


Fog Can Help Shape the Future of IoT

2 min read

Whenever I hear about a serious train accident, mugging or shootout on the streets of a city, my thoughts often turn to Fog Computing.  The same is true when I too am stuck idling in a traffic jam or at home and there’s a power outage during a winter storm or a summer heat wave. […]