/// Liveblog: Cisco CEO John Chambers and Box CEO Aaron Levie at D11

May 29, 2013  |  All Things Digital


Pairing Aaron Levie, the young gregarious CEO of the up-and-coming enterprise cloud platform company Box, with John Chambers of Cisco Systems, one of the tech industry’s best known and longest-serving CEOs, might not seem an obvious choice. But spend a little time with either one of them and you quickly realize that while outwardly different — Levie is known to favor sneakers and perform magic tricks at parties while Chambers wears impeccable suits and loves to talk politics — they’re more alike. Cisco of course is the lumbering $46 billion (2012 sales) networking giant that is trying to parlay its world-beating expertise in selling equipment that runs the world’s networks into becoming the world’s leading vendor of enterprise IT and a significant supplier to companies embracing cloud computing. He’s also a veteran D: All Things Digital speaker . Box meanwhile is all about the cloud. It’s the enterprise-oriented file-sharing and collaboration service that has raised more than $300 million in venture capital funding and is well on its way to being one of the most anticipated initial public offerings of 2014. Today marks Levie’s first time on the D: All Things Digital stage. 11:23 am : Session is starting. Walt Mossberg just introduced Levie and Chambers. Levie: Referring to the previous session on Glow, there’s a “natural partnership” for Bang With Friends. Walt: Everyone knows Cisco and has known it for decades. You’ve been powering a lot of computing and Internet for a long time. General question: Corporate IT was one of the most regressive forces in technology. Those who came up with great ideas would run into a wall of excuses. That seems to have been changing in the last few years. The power and instinct to say no to something new and interesting has dropped away. Is that a real thing and how is it changing your businesses? Levie: The first 20 years, the complexity of building software and systems and implementing it meant you needed to have a lot of internal expertise. There was less democratization and innovation. The cloud and mobile have inverted that in the last three to five years

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Liveblog: Cisco CEO John Chambers and Box CEO Aaron Levie at D11


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