Distinguished Strategist, Cisco Corporate Strategy Office
Biren Gandhi is a Distinguished Strategist in Cisco’s Corporate Strategy Office, focused on identifying key technology trends and accelerating their adoption through acquisitions, development or partnering. He has built a successful track record of bringing innovation to life through strategic collaborations with startups, venture capital firms, universities and partner ecosystems.
Currently, Biren spearheads strategy for highly disruptive technologies, such as the Internet of Things, fog computing, drones/UAVs, block chain, deep learning, robotics and artificial intelligence. He combines his business and technology expertise to drive the co-creation of breakthrough business models through Cisco’s Global Innovation Centers as well as other catalysts for external and internal innovation.
Biren has nearly 20 years of leadership, strategic and tactical technology experience in diverse verticals like social networking, cloud, big data, mobile, telecom, social gaming and enterprise collaboration. Prior to joining Cisco in 2011, Biren was divisional CTO of a few gaming studios at Zynga and before that a Sr. Architect at Facebook. He also cofounded AdMunity, a startup providing a collaborative social platform for the advertising community.
Biren actively participates as a keynote speaker, panel judge, mentor, investor or advisor to venture capital firms, startups, accelerators and incubators, focusing on disruptive new frontier technologies. He regularly supports a number of global and local non-profit organizations. His passions, interests and insights are expressed on these blog platforms: http://thoughts.birengandhi.com/ or http://cs.co/biren.