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Cisco Big Bolts for Startup

A top exec at Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) has taken a powder, prompting chatter that he's becoming more involved in a startup developing a high-end storage server for video applications.

Andreas "Andy" Bechtolsheim, the VP and general manager of Cisco's gigabit switching business unit, ceded his post to colleague John McCool, formerly VP of engineering for the unit. He asked Cisco to provide no further information on his whereabouts. A Cisco spokesman says only that Bechtolsheim "made a decision to return to his entrepreneurial roots." He's kept no official ties to Cisco.

We've had our eye on Bechtolsheim for awhile, however, and it seems likely he'll be spending more time at Kealia Inc., a stealthy startup he helped found a few months back (see Is Cisco Tuning Into Video? and Kealia Project Raises Questions).

Get the rest of the story on Byte and Switch.

— Mary Jander, Site Editor, Byte and Switch

5urf5hop 12/4/2012 | 11:10:04 PM
re: Cisco Big Bolts for Startup It's CEO search season ...
fw23 12/4/2012 | 11:10:03 PM
re: Cisco Big Bolts for Startup Not procket.

Procket is looking at someone else. Bechtolsheim
doesn't have the right customer contacts needed to
fit the role at procket. Procket needs someone
with years of experience who is on a first-name
basis with all the top people in the RBOCS.

And the person can't be a smoker.

I think Bechtolsheim will end up at Kealia just
like the article said. If he doesn't end up
at Kealia, it would be rather odd.



5urf5hop 12/4/2012 | 11:10:03 PM
re: Cisco Big Bolts for Startup >Bechtolsheim doesn't have the right customer >contacts needed to fit the role at procket. >Procket needs someone with years of experience >who is on a first-name basis with all the top >people in the RBOCS.

good point

Have you ever seen a bat of out of hell fly? Get ready ...

>And the person can't be a smoker.

Yeah, randall got bounced out on the pavement along with his smokes
gumbydammit 12/4/2012 | 11:09:50 PM
re: Cisco Big Bolts for Startup
*Whomever* has him is definitely lucky. Darn smart individual, amazingly creative person as well. I've watched him work.

gd
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