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Tom Yoritaka

Founder & Former Global MD, Cisco Entrepreneurs in Residence, Cisco Corporate Venturing, CISCO



Tom Yoritaka is a venture capital investor, a non-executive director for startups & the former Global Managing Director of Cisco Entrepreneurs in Residence (Cisco EIR) – the company's corporate venturing group for early-stage companies.  As the global head of Cisco EIR, he worked with startups & scaleups innovating in the Internet of Things, AI/Deep Learning/Big Data, Cloud, Enterprise Mobility, Security & Blockchain.  Cisco EIR provided startups/scaleups with opportunities to build strategic relationships with Cisco Business Units & executives, co-working space, software, financial support & potential strategic investments from Cisco.  He was previously the Senior Director & General Manager of Social Solutions & Platforms, building & managing Cisco’s Web software products designed to advance social interactions, knowledge management & collaboration for Cisco customers & partners.  

Prior to joining Cisco, Tom held various executive & leadership positions at Yahoo! & Microsoft.  He also worked as a strategy consultant at The Boston Consulting Group & McKenna Group.  He holds a master's degree from Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, an MBA with honors from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business & an undergraduate degree in applied mathematics, statistics & economics with honors from Northwestern University.