DECIBEL: THE EXPONENTIAL POWER OF ENTREPRENEURS

Jon Sakoda, Founder of Decibel

Today I am excited to announce Decibel, a new early-stage venture capital firm created in partnership with Cisco, a company widely known for its central role in building our networked world.  This is the first time a major tech company has co-founded an independent firm outside of its corporate structure in order to focus on the unique needs of today’s entrepreneurs and founders.

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TRUST ME, IT TAKES A VILLAGE

Marty Roesch, Founder of Sourcefire

At my very core, I’m really just a geek.

A computer-building, Neuromancer-reading, software writing, hardware hacking, hopelessly passionate geek. That’s been true since I took my family’s TV apart as a kid. My dad, always a sweet and patient man, just asked if I could put it back together again and seemed glad (and relieved) when I managed to do just that.

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DON'T GET COMFORTABLE

Mallik Mahalingam, Founder of Springpath

Growing up in a lower middle-class household in Chennai, India, my parents made it very clear to me that if I wanted to have an impact on society, the place to start would be school. I think often there are tropes and stereotypes thrown out there about Indian students, and most of the time they are wrong.

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SOMETIMES PLAN B IS JUST BETTER THAN PLAN A

Bhaskar Sunkara, Founding CTO of AppDynamics

I grew up in a lower-middle class family in India and from the time I was a young child, my father had a plan for me. He was a research scientist at the India Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, which is basically like the MIT of India.

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LEAN INTO THE FACE OF THE UNKNOWN

Amy Chang, Founder of Accompany

When I was growing up, my dad and I had this ritual every night.

Regardless of whatever else was going on or how much homework I had, when 9 p.m. rolled around, we always made sure we were in front of the TV to watch Star Trek: The Next Generation.

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THE HACKER CODE: DON’T LISTEN TO THE EXPERTS

Jon Oberheide, Co-Founder of Duo Security

So the first time I ever met my Duo co-founder Dug, I was trying to hack into his network.

Well, I guess we didn’t “meet” technically. But you’ll see what I mean in a bit.

I grew up in Troy, Michigan and before I consider myself anything else, I was a hacker. That was true from the very first time I ever wrote a program by copying it from a book while I was in middle school.

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