Meet Cisco’s Founders Forum members

Cisco’s internal innovation group consists of entrepreneurs whose companies Cisco acquired

Cisco’s Founders Forum

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Cisco has acquired 193 companies over its history, and in an effort to retain as much talent from its buyouts as possible, the company has created a Founders Forum consisting of 46 entrepreneurs who started and/or led businesses Cisco has purchased. These creative minds meet quarterly to share ideas. Here is a sampling of the members, who are listed alphabetically by acquired company name.

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cathrine andersen
Cisco

Cathrine Andersen

Currently: Product Manager, Innovation Labs and Emerging Products

Previously: CEO & Co-Founder of Assemblage (collaboration tools)

Acquisition: June 2014

david cocchiara
Cisco

David Cocchiara

Currently: Director of Customer Success & Lancope Operations

Previously: COO & CFO of Lancope (network behavior analytics/threat visibility/security intelligence)

Acquisition: December 2015

matt cutler
Cisco

Matt Cutler

Currently: Lead Evangelist for Cisco Cloud Collaboration Technologies

Previously: CEO and Co-Founder of Collaborate.com (mobile collaboration)

Acquisition: December 2013

jason goecke
Cisco

Jason Goecke

Currently: VP & GM for Spark Call, HCS, Hybrid Calling, Spark for Developers & Tropo

Previously: CEO of Tropo (cloud API platform for embedding real-time communications in apps)

Acquisition: May 2015

kiran kamity pradeep padala
Cisco

Kiran Kamity & Pradeep Padala

Currently: Kamity is Senior Director, Head of Cisco’s Container Products; Padala is Principal Engineer, Chief Architect of Cisco’s Container Products

Previously: CEO & Co-Founder (Kamity); CTO & Co-Founder (Padala ) of ContainerX (container management/integration)

Acquisition: August 2016

rajeev raman
Cisco

Rajeev Raman

Currently: Strategy, Product Management and Design for Cisco’s Service Provider Video Business Unit 

Previously: CEO of 1 Mainstream (cloud-based video)

Acquisition: November 2015

brian roddy
Cisco

Brian Roddy

Currently: EVP of Engineering and Operations of OpenDNS

Previously: Founder of Reactivity (web services security)

Acquisition: August 2015

pat white
Cisco

Pat White

Currently: Engineering Manager of Search

Previously: CEO & Co-Founder of Synata (advanced on-premise and cloud search)

Acquisition: March 2016

dov yoran
Cisco

Dov Yoran

Currently: Senior Director, Security Business Group

Previously: CEO & Co-Founder of ThreatGRID (malware analysis/threat intelligence)

Acquisition: May 2014