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Cisco was founded in 1984. Two computer scientists out of Stanford University, Sandy Lerner and Leonard Bosack, wanted an easier way to connect different types of computer systems. The two scientists created a multi-protocol router to allow the two distinct computer systems to communicate. Lerner saw the value of the router technology not only for small-scale distance but to be used on a large scale outside of Stanford. In 1984, Lerner and Bosack founded Cisco Systems with their new multi-protocol router. Two years later, Cisco sold its first product, and just five years after its founding in 1989, revenues were at $27 million.

Today, Cisco is a multi-brand technology conglomerate that offers a huge array of products. Product offerings range between networking, wireless and mobility, security, collaboration, data center services, analytics, video, internet of things (IoT), and software. Cisco works with service providers as well as small to midsize businesses across the world. The company operates in over 100 countries, and over 85 percent of all internet traffic travels across Cisco systems. Cisco also owns several companies that are expanding Cisco’s presence across all tech industries. MindMeld Inc., acquired in 2017, focuses on artificial intelligence. Acacia Communications, Inc. was acquired in 2019 and is bolstering Cisco’s presence and preparedness in 5G. These are just a few of the many brands Cisco has in its portfolio that make it the ever-expanding, ever-innovative tech leader that it is.

Cisco is a team of bright, talented minds who are surging forward in technology. Engineers work in hardware, software, and network areas whole sales teams focus on customer success and marketing. With offices in 96 locations, Cisco’s top team reaches every corner of the globe, connecting systems, voices, and communities.


170 West Tasman Drive
San Jose, CA 95134
Phone: (408) 526-4000

Firm Stats

Employer Type: Subsidiary
Chairman & CEO: Charles H. Robbins
Employees (All Locations): 77,500

Major Office Locations

Albany, NY, United States
Albuquerque, NM, United States
Anchorage, AK, United States

Major Departments & Practices

Cloud, Collaboration
Customer Experience
Customer Success
Engineer - Hardware
Network, Engineer
Pre Sales, Engineer
Human Resources
Information Technology
Professional Services