Success – Cisco Systems
- Current Company Value: Around $200 Billion
It is quite impressive how successful Cisco Systems has become since launching in the mid-1980s. Founders Leonard Bosack and Sandy Lerner were impressive people who likely were ahead of the game when it came to the future of computers. Both Stanford University graduates, Bosack and Lerner were the main brains behind connecting the Stanford computers through the local area network or LAN concept. The concept caught on and would become a major concept at schools across the country. Today, Cisco makes networking hardware (you likely use their modem for WiFi). They also make telecommunications equipment, software, and much more.
On top of this, Cisco Systems has become a major player in several industries, including domain security, videoconferencing, energy management, and Internet of Things (IoT). Since 1990, Cisco has been a huge player in the tech industry and actually profited during the “dot-com bubble.” They even surpassed Microsoft at that point for the world’s most valuable company. Yet being one of the most successful Silicon Valley Corporations or corporations, in general, might result in bad workplace issues eventually. However, Cisco has been voted as one of the top places to work according to 2021 and 2022 Fortune, LinkedIn, and Glassdoor rankings.