TitleCisco oral history panel : John Morgridge and Don Valentine
|Hollar, John C., Moderator|
|Morgridge, John, Panelist|
|Valentine, Don, Panelist|
PublisherComputer History Museum
Place of PublicationMountain View, California
Copyright HolderComputer History Museum
DescriptionThis two-part joint oral history with John Morgridge (CEO) and Don Valentine (lead venture investor) offers a truly unique picture of how a fabulously successful company got its start. Although neither of these men were part of the initial startup of the company, they describe how that happened, the factors that Don Valentine, founder of Sequoia Capital, considered before making his initial investment, and the reasons for bringing John Morgridge in as the first true CEO.
The two then jointly tell the story of how Cisco attacked the market, the development of a company culture, the challenges of product development and competitive forces. They described how difficult decisions were made, how the company dealt with the forced exit of the founders, and so many of the other challenges faced by the company as it raced to $1B in revenue. This was not only an important monetary milestone, but it was also the target set by Morgridge when he first joined the company. Don related the interchange when John first came on board, “And John softly told me – and I didn't get it – he said, ‘I’m going to leave when we hit sales of a billion dollars’. And I thought to myself, you’ve got to be kidding me. I won’t live that long.” John left six years later when revenue hit $1.5B.
Its a fabulous story of success due to an exploding market and the clear and firm guidance of John and Don.
SubjectCisco Systems; Internet; Switch; Lerner, Sandy; Bosack, Len; 3Com; SynOptics; Cabletron; Wellfleet; Ethernet; Sequoia; Mazzola, Mario; Hancock, Ellen; TCP/IP; Chambers, John
Collection TitleOral history collection
Series TitleSilicon Valley 360 : Cisco
CreditComputer History Museum
|102739998||Cisco oral history panel : part one : John Morgridge and Don Valentine|
|102740000||Cisco oral history panel : part two : John Morgridge and Don Valentine|