TechNet Executive Council PROFILE

John T. Chambers
Co-Founder, TechNet
Founder and CEO, JC2 Ventures

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.  Prior to founding JC2 Ventures, Chambers spent over 25 years with Cisco, serving as CEO, Chairman, and Executive Chairman.  He currently holds the title of Chairman Emeritus with the organization.  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.  Chambers is also the Chairman of the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) and was appointed Global Ambassador of the French Tech by President Emmanuel Macron of France in January of 2018.  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, the Edison Achievement Award for Innovation, Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People,” the “Best Boss in America” by 20/20, and one of BusinessWeek’s “Top 25 Executives Worldwide.”  Additionally, Chambers has received several international honors, including France's National Defense Gold Medal and India’s Padma Bhushan Award.

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