John Chambers tells NC start-up summit that this is his sixth financial crisis and third pandemic

“This is my sixth financial crisis and my third pandemic,” former Cisco Chair and Chief Executive Officer John Chambers told a virtual conference in North Carolina last week. “Normally you have a problem about every five years.” Chambers, who led Cisco from 1995 until 2015 and remained chair until 2017, grew the company from $70 million in revenue to a $40 billion run rate by 2007. Since leaving the corporation, he has invested in start-ups, coaches 18, and acts as a mentor to 100.

His advice during an economic downturn or a crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic: “You have to be visible. Don’t hide.” Click here to read more about his ideas during the event.


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