BusinessWeek Innovator: Cisco’s Marthin De Beer
The May 17th issue of Bloomberg BusinessWeek (on newsstands now!) features Cisco SVP Marthin De Beer and the Emerging Technologies Group for their role in developing Cisco TelePresence from an early stage idea to a successful business for Cisco.
The story references the early days of product development, the recent acquisition of Tandberg and our vision for making videoconferencing as widely available as e-mail. See the full story here.
Reporter Peter Burrows writes:
(Cisco Chairman and CEO John) Chambers asked Marthin De Beer to give up a successful 1,500-person business making office phones and start a two-person Emerging Technologies Group. The South African native at first felt deflated. He shouldn’t have. Though Cisco was buying startups left and right, it hadn’t developed a sizeable new business on its own since its original Internet router business in the 1980s and 1990s. Chambers wanted De Beer to rekindle the company’s ability to create innovations from scratch.
Podcast from last year with Marthin De Beer on Cisco’s Emerging Technologies Group.