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Former Cisco VP and CTO of Mobility is now the CEO of indoor mobile startup, Mist Systems.

Cisco's Friday Leaves to Lead Startup Mist

Dan Jones
7/1/2014
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Cisco's Bob Friday has left the company to found and lead a new startup focused on improving mobile services indoors, Light Reading has learned.

The VP and CTO of Mobility at Cisco left in May for startup Mist Systems. He is listed as CEO and co-founder of the Mountain View, Calif., startup on his LinkedIn profile.

The startup is listed as being "focused on creating great indoor mobile experiences."

Friday came to Cisco through the acquisition of Airespace in 2005. Friday was the chief scientist at the wireless LAN switch company. Before that he was at Metricom and Ricochet. (See Where Next for WLAN? and Ricochet: Dead Again?)

Light Reading hears that former Airespace CEO Brett Galloway is also working with Friday on the new startup. Galloway currently heads up mobile incubator Xova Labs. Exactly how he will work with Mist is not yet clear.

In December 2013, Light Reading listed Friday as one of its top 10 WiFi movers and shakers. (See Top 10 Carrier WiFi Movers & Shakers.)

Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) didn't respond to questions about Friday on Tuesday. We may try Friday again on Wednesday.

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

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dennischolmes1
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dennischolmes1,
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9/22/2014 | 1:34:28 PM
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There was no error. Bob was in fact VP and CTO of Mobility at Cisco. Paul is the VP and CTO of Service Provider Mobility, a separate business unit. The head of ENG (formerly WNBU) is Sujai Hajela, Senior VP, ENG.
DanJones
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DanJones,
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7/2/2014 | 1:58:04 PM
Re: Lotta activity inddors
Nope, 

VP & CTO of Mobility was Bob Friday's last role at Cisco. The company lists him as such in a blog dated May 6 2014.

He had a couple of roles there before that.

Mankiewich is CTO of Service Provider Mobility.
ShannonBound
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ShannonBound,
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7/2/2014 | 12:02:05 PM
Re: Lotta activity inddors
There is an error in the post.  Bob Friday was not the VP and CTO of Mobility.  He ran the Wi-Fi business unit.  Paul Mankiewich is the VP and CTO of Mobility.
mendyk
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mendyk,
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7/2/2014 | 9:05:59 AM
Re: Lotta activity inddors
Let's hope all this indoor wireless R&D and innovation isn't stymied by landline texting.
DanJones
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DanJones,
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7/1/2014 | 6:27:00 PM
Lotta activity inddors
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