Updated Last week, a Cisco reorganisation switched three of its big names to advisory roles: this week, they've left the company.The individuals involved are Mario Mazzola, Prem Jain, Luca Cafiero, and Soni Jiandani were referred to as MPLS within the company Cisco was an early contributor to the protocol of the same acronym .Under previous CEO John Chambers, Mazola, Jain and Cafiero were responsible for a number of spin-in acquisitions stretching back to the 1990s: they would set up a company with Cisco financing to develop products, and get wrapped back into the company once they'd shown results.Marketwatch quotes an internal memo from Robbins that a disconnect regarding roles, responsibilities and charter … came to light immediately after the announcement .In May, Robbins had to put a brave face on flat revenue across the whole company, with switching down three per cent year-over-year for the quarter ending in April, and routing down by five per cent.Cisco has contacted The Register to confirm that all four in MPLS are leaving on June 17.
As Maroon 5 serenaded the Cisco Live 2016 delegates with a surfeit of their breezy pop tunes on Wednesday evening, the curtain closed on the first Cisco Live in decades with a new CEO in charge of the company.John Chambers s successor Chuck Robbins took over the helm of the company in July last year, and his keynote at Cisco s flagship event ticked many of the old John Chambers boxes.Amongst these was a reiteration of the transformative potential of technology, saying that successful digital transformation would require C-level sponsorship.Yet behind this rhetoric, what direction is he taking the company in?A more specific focus in the keynote was security, and Cisco used the event to roll out a range of new security products.There were five new products announced, all of which focus on securing enterprises that have multiple branches or employees working remotely.
Apple devices get some special capabilities on Cisco networks starting with iOS 10Cisco Executive Chairman John Chambers, left, and Apple CEO Tim Cook at Cisco's Global Sales Experience Conference in Las Vegas, where they announced a mobile enterprise partnership on Monday, Aug. 31, 2015.Favored status for Apple iPhones and iPads on Cisco Systems networks starts Tuesday, giving users better Wi-Fi roaming, integrated VoIP calls and priority for the most important business apps.The benefits that the two companies envisioned more than a year ago start to come to fruition with iOS 10, which comes out Tuesday.The deal is a recognition that mobile devices have become primary tools for many workers.The companies are rolling out several features on Tuesday.
business leaders are optimistic that President-elect Donald Trump will boost economic and job growth, said John Chambers, executive chairman of Cisco Systems Inc.Speaking on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum, Mr.Chambers brushed aside anxiety over the anti-globalization movement that helped propel Mr. Trump to the presidency.That sentiment, he said, was a symptom of anemic U.S. wage growth in recent...
Public and private companies spend hundreds of millions of dollars every year to develop what is broadly termed their “messaging.” To create their story, those companies enlist the aid of an array of specialists including management consultants, public relations firms, advertising agencies, strategic positioning experts, and my field, presentation coaching.The messengers in business are the presenters who stand and deliver to their companies’ constituencies—investors, customers, analysts, partners, or stakeholders—with the goal of having them respond favorably.Whether those audiences react with a “Meh” or an “Aha!” depends directly on whether the messenger projects uncertainty or confidence.That’s where presentation coaches enter the scene.As a presentation coach for the past 28 years, I have seen a variety of approaches: “Speak up!” “Louder!” “Stand up straight!” “Move around!” “Stand still!” “Slow down!” “Speed up!” “Don’t speak with your hands!” “Gesture more!” “Gesture less!” “Smile!” and the latter’s elegant variant, “Show some teeth!”But every one of those commands treats the presenter as a performer.
Nylas, a startup that helps developers integrate email content into applications via an API, announced a $16 million Series B today led by Spark Capital.Other investors joining in included Slack Fund, Industry Ventures, and ScaleUp along with existing investors 8VC, Great Oaks Capital, Rubicon Capital and John Chambers’ personal fund.The Nylas API works in a similar way to Stripe or Twilio, but instead of helping developers connect to payments or communications with a couple of lines of code, Nylas helps them connect to email, calendar and contact information.The idea behind any API like this is to give developers who lack expertise in a particular area outside the core purpose of their application, easy access to a particular type of functionality.Company CEO Gleb Polyakov says that prior to Nylas, there really wasn’t an effective way to connect to email systems without a lot of technical wrangling.“Every person who is using the Internet has an email address, and there’s an immense amount of data that lives in the mail box, in the calendar, in your address book.
At age 69, he says he's embarked on a new career as an investor and advisor, with the goal of helping startups that will create jobs across the US.And then there's the 16–and—counting startups he's advising and/or has invested in, some of which are still in stealth mode — not to mention that he's personally mentoring some of the execs at those companies.The one big advantage over his Cisco days, he says: more time for fun.My golf game is improving, and I get to spend more time with my wife — who was my high school sweetheart — than before."Dreaming big and surviving catastrophesThe book is full of tips on everything from setting big goals and beating competitors, to surviving failures.
“India is unstoppable on the path of economic progress [and] … wants the world to see the tremendous opportunities it offers,” he said, ahead of paying a visit to the U.K.But over the past year, in the run-up to the general elections in May, the Indian government has unveiled — and in many cases, enforced — a wave of sweeping changes.In April, the Indian government issued a regulatory directive that required U.S. payment firms to locally store financial data of Indians.The government said it needed the U.S. giants to comply to ensure “better monitoring” and added that “it is important to have unfettered supervisory access to data stored with these system providers as also with their service providers / intermediaries/ third party vendors and other entities in the payment ecosystem.”MasterCard and Visa, the two biggest card networks in the U.S., as well as lobby groups that represent Google and Facebook — both of which offer payment solutions in India — fiercely opposed the directive for months.Despite intense lobbying and public outcry from the corners of the U.S. government, India did not flinch, and refused to extend the six-month deadline.