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John Chambers

JC2 Ventures
Founder & CEO

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 Aspire Food Group, Balbix, Bloom Energy,
Dedrone, IoTium, Lucideus, OpenGov, Pindrop, Privoro, Rubrik, SparkCognition, Sprinklr, and Uniphore.
He also serves on the Board of Directors for Bloom Energy, OpenGov, Pindrop, and Sprinklr. 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. He was appointed Global
Ambassador of the French Tech by President Emmanuel Macron of France. Chambers is also the
Chairman of the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF). He will work closely with business and
government leaders in France, India and the U.S. to create meaningful opportunities that have the
power to change the lives of citizens. Prior to founding JC2 Ventures, Chambers served as CEO, Chairman
and Executive Chairman at Cisco Systems. During his 25+ years 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. John also spearheaded the creation and
development of Cisco’s country digitization program, where he partnered with government leaders
across the world to harness the power of technology to create economic opportunities. With countless
lessons learned during his tenure at Cisco, as well as from his experiences working with startups,
Chambers wrote Connecting the Dots: Lessons for Leadership in a Startup World in 2018, sharing the
management, leadership and business principles that brought him and his teams unmatched success for
decades. Connecting the Dots unleashes new rules for disruption and lasting success in the Digital Age
that gives readers a playbook on how to act before the market shifts, tap customers for strategy, partner
for growth, build teams, and disrupt themselves. “I’m extremely excited to move to my next chapter…
I’m fully committed to developing startup companies, startup nations and a startup world.” — JOHN
CHAMBERS Chambers has received numerous awards for his leadership, including being named the
number two “Best-Performing CEOs in the World” in 2015 from Harvard Business Review and receiving
the Edison Achievement Award for Innovation. Chambers was also awarded the Outstanding Civil Service
Medal by the U.S. Army, as well as France’s National Defense Gold Medal, the only foreign business
leader to ever receive the award in its 35-year history. Most recently, Chambers was awarded the Padma
Bhushan, oneof the highest civilian awards recognized by the Government of India, for his contributions
to trade and the tech industry in India. Chambers was also named one of Barron’s’ “World’s Best CEOs,”
“CEO of the Year” by Chief Executive Magazine, Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People,” the
“Best Boss in America” by 20/20, one ofBusinessWeek’s “Top 25 Executives Worldwide,” the Business
Council’s “Award for Corporate Leadership,” “Best Investor Relations by a CEO” from Investor Relations
Magazine three times, and the 2012 Bower Award for Business Leadership from the Franklin Institute.
Chambers has worked closely with government leaders around the world, including nine U.S. Secretaries
of State. Chambers also served two American presidents during his career. He was Vice Chairman of
President George W. Bush’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC), where he provided industry
experience and leadership to help protect critical U.S. infrastructure. He also served on President George
W. Bush’s Transition Team and Education Committee, and on President Bill Clinton’s Trade Policy
Committee. He has been widely recognized for his philanthropic leadership, including receiving the U.S.
State Department’s top corporate social responsibility award (ACE) twice, from both former Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton in 2010 and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in 2005. He also received
the first-ever Clinton Global Citizen Award from former U.S. President Bill Clinton and has been awarded
the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship and the prestigious Excellence in Corporate
Philanthropy Award, an award given by CEOs to their CEO peers. Chambers takes an active role in
corporate social responsibility initiatives worldwide. His partnerships have included working with the
Palestinian ICT sector, growing ICT from 0.8 percent to more than 5 percent of GDP in three years, and
Connecting Sichuan, an effort to help rebuild healthcare and education models affected by the May 2008
earthquake. Chambers also co-sponsored the Jordan Education Initiative by partnering with the
Jordanian government and co-led a delegation of U.S. business leaders, with the U.S. State Department,
to form the Partnership for Lebanon. Prior to 1991, Chambers spent eight years at Wang Laboratories
(1982–1990) and six years with IBM (1976–1982). He holds a bachelor of science/bachelor of arts degree
in business and a law degree from West Virginia University, as well as a master of business
administration degree in finance and management from Indiana University.

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John Chambers

JC2 Ventures
Founder & CEO