Success tips in a startup world

How are startups driving the wave of disruption, and what can companies and countries do to tap digital innovation at scale? What are the foundations of customer success in a connected world? How should one keep reinventing oneself in a world of change? Answers to these questions are well captured in the new book, Connecting the Dots: Leadership Lessons in a Startup World, by John Chambers, Chairman Emeritus, Cisco.

John Chambers joined Cisco in 1991, and was its CEO from 1995 to 2015. He helped take the company from $70 million in revenue in 1991 to $47 billion in 2015. Along the way, he acquired 180 companies, and also turned more than 10,000 employees into millionaires. After stepping down, he founded JC2 Ventures as an investor and coach for startup founders.

The material is spread across 306 pages, and the 13 chapters are well written with a list of actionable takeaways at the end. I have summarised some of the key messages in Table 1 below; each chapter is packed with anecdotes and examples from the author’s personal and professional journey.

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