Day 3 of Cisco Partner Summit was certainly an eventful one! We heard from many business leaders and visionaries, both from within Cisco and from other cutting-edge organizations around the world, and gained some valuable insights to take home with us.
Some highlights from Day 3:
- One of our main speakers was Mark C. Thompson, CEO and co-founder of Virgin Unite Mentors, who shared with us the 3 key traits he sees in successful companies. These are:
- Their ability to redefine winning, and set goals that accomplish strategic objectives
- Their openness to innovate–“The big winners take a huge number of small bets”
- Their desire to work in partnership with other companies who have similar goals
- Chuck Robbins, SVP of Cisco’s Worldwide Field Operations, reemphasized Cisco’s commitment to partnerships. “You prove commitment based on where you spend your money,” he said, noting Cisco’s $2 billion spend in partner incentive payouts.
- Bruce Klein, SVP of Cisco’s Worldwide Partner Organization, closed the conference by introducing a performance by the Boston Children’s Chorus, a local music program for underprivileged youth, and announced Cisco’s donation to the chorus.
With all that said–we’re sad to have to wrap up our time in Boston, and to be heading home. We will also be updating this blog early next week with a final post covering what we learned from our 3 days in Boston.