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.
Bruce introducing the Boston Children’s Chorus. Photo courtesy @Cisco_Channels.

Bruce introducing the Boston Children’s Chorus. Photo courtesy @Cisco_Channels.

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.