John T. Chambers
Founder and CEO, JC2 Ventures
Chairman Emeritus, Cisco
John Chambers is the founder and CEO of JC2 Ventures. In his role, Chambers focuses on helping disruptive startups from around the world build and scale, while also promoting the broader development of startup nations and a startup world. He invests in companies across categories and geographies that are leading market transitions, such as Airware, Aspire Food Group, Dedrone, OpenGov, Pindrop, Privoro, Sprinklr, and Uniphore. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Airware, OpenGov, Pindrop, and Sprinklr.
Prior to founding JC2 Ventures, Chambers served as CEO, Chairman and Executive Chairman at Cisco Systems. During his 25+ year tenure at Cisco, he helped grow the company from $70 million when he joined in 1991, to $1.2 billion when he became CEO in 1995, to $47 billion when he stepped down as CEO in 2015. As Executive Chairman, a position Chambers held until December 2017, he led the Board of Directors and provided counsel to the CEO and leadership team on strategy, digital transformation and strategic partnerships.
In addition to investing in and mentoring startups, Chambers is focused on promoting entrepreneurship, gender equality, and accelerating overall new business creation around the world, as he believes that startups will be the core driver of economic growth and job creation in the Digital Age. Chambers is also the Chairman of the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF), working closely with business and government leaders in both countries to create meaningful opportunities that have the power to change the lives of citizens.
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India Alternatives is an operationally oriented private equity firm that invests in mid-growth companies in India. India Alternatives currently manages India Alternatives Private Equity Fund which has raised commitment of INR 2,300 million from leading institutional investors in India.
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YourNest is an Angel Fund that believes in ‘liberating human potential’ by investing in technology-enabled, vibrant, new business ideas. YourNest has seen the opportunity and has the passion to build the start-ups into significant, meaningful businesses. YourNest bets Big on “very few ideas” as it invests with conviction and support start-ups in the areas that they know the best. YourNest portfolio has already invested in innovative start-ups like mycity4kids.com, Proof of Performance, and bookmycab.com.
Indian Angel Network is India’s first and Asia’s largest angel network of over 250 angel investors comprising the who’s who of successful Indian entrepreneurs and dynamic CEOs. These angels are passionate about entrepreneurship and apart from financial investments in startup and early stage ventures, are keen to provide strategic mentoring, provide guidance execution, and leverage their global networks. IAN is sector agnostic and has a portfolio of 100+ companies across multiple sectors including IT, Mobile, Healthcare and Education, Gaming, Hospitality, Semiconductor and social media. IAN’s portfolio includes Druva, Jigsee, Stayzilla, Kwench, GoCoop.in, Pretty Secrets, Hashcube etc.
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