John T. Chambers
Founder and CEO, JC2 Ventures
Nominated by West Virginia University
John Chambers is the founder and CEO of JC2 Ventures, a firm focused on helping global startups build and scale their businesses. JC2 also promotes the broader development of startup nations and a startup world.
At JC2, Chambers invests in companies across categories and geographies that are leading market transitions, including Bloom Energy, OpenGov, Pindrop, Rubrik, Sprinklr, and many others. He also serves on the board of directors for some of these companies.
Prior to founding JC2 Ventures, Chambers spent more than 25 years with Cisco, serving as CEO, chairman and executive chairman. In 2018, Chambers published his book, Connecting the Dots: Lessons for Leadership in a Startup World; it shares the management, leadership and business principles that brought him and his teams unmatched success over the course of his career.
Chambers also serves as chairman of the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF). In 2018, he was appointed Global Ambassador of the French Tech by Emmanuel Macron, the president of France.
Chambers was named “Best Boss in America” by 20/20, and has been featured in Harvard Business Review’s “Best-Performing CEOs in the World,” Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People,” and BusinessWeek’s “Top 25 Executives Worldwide.” He’s received several national and international awards, including the Edison Achievement Award for Innovation, France's National Defense Gold Medal and India’s Padma Bhushan Award.