Pratima Aiyagari

Corporate Development- Acquisitions & Investments (Europe)

Cisco Investments

Pratima Aiyagari joined Cisco’s Network Management BU in 2001 as a software engineer. After several career moves, she re-joined Cisco’s Corporate Development in 2011 to focus on investments and acquisitions in Europe primarily in the areas of Artificial Intelligence and Enterprise Collaboration.

Notable deals: NDS (acq. 2012), ThinkSmart (acq. 2012), Ubiquisys (acq. 2013), Evrythng (investment, 2014), Adbrain (investment 2016), Notion Capital (Fund investment 2017).


March 22, 2018


AImotive: Can Self-Driving Cars be as Safe as Airplanes?

2 min read

The auto industry is heading full bore toward self-driving vehicles, with a goal of reaching “level four” — truly autonomous vehicles — by 2020. AImotive expects to be a major player providing solutions for bringing the dream of autonomous vehicles to reality. The company’s custom software allows some of the necessary vehicle testing to be done through simulations, reducing the amount of road testing needed to cover a variety of weather and road conditions. We are excited that AImotive represents Cisco Investments’ first pure AI-focused investment in Europe. Since we realize that Cisco’s next generation of applications, products and services will be enabled by AI, we look forward to building on this investment theme in the future, with a particular emphasis on unlocking the power of data, computer vision, robotics, intuitive networks.