Cisco is hardly a startup anymore but they’re in the business of bringing startups into the fold. The trick to that, according to John Chambers, is to have a culture that accepts outside people and ideas. It’s a healthy mindset that extends beyond mergers and acquisitions and is one of the many things he talks about on the podcast today and in his new book Connecting the Dots.
John Chambers, chairman emeritus at Cisco, served as the company’s CEO for more than two decades. He has worked closely with government leaders from around the world, serving on committees for two U.S. presidents and earning the first-ever Clinton Global Citizen Award as well as the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship. He is also the founder and CEO of JC2 Ventures, where he helps disruptive startups to scale and lead market transitions.