Profile - Anne CM Johnson

Blending business reality with broad, deep, systems architecture and science background in information technology and energy. Investing, advising, and operating in early stage startups in the US and Europe. Track record in identifying significant computing and communications technology trends and consequent business opportunities. Operating experience in successful large and small companies in Silicon Valley and the UK.


Mentored and invested in successful startups in 6 Techstars programs, and for the Alchemist accelerator. Portfolio includes, ,

Advisor for . Ilos is building screen recorder software, used for customer support. Located in St Paul, MN.

Non-exec Director at Musemantik. Early stage Edinburgh startup developing software adapting music to match or create emotions.


VP at Xockets, Inc, San Jose
Product development, product marketing, identifying early adopters for a new hardware and software architecture using FPGAs and embedded ARM processors in a Big Data analytics appliance.

Advisor at Cluster HQ, which builds open source multi-host container orchestration software. Located in Bristol and Los Altos.

First presence outside the US for Arista Networks and for XKL LLC. Reported directly to the founders of both companies, previously founders of Sun Microsystems and Cisco Systems respectively.

VP at cPacket Networks, a chip and subsystem design company building network monitoring and measurement solutions. Product development, product marketing, identified first referenceable customers.

Technical leader, Cisco Systems. Program management with Cisco's major partners (IBM, Intel), and smaller companies in the Data Center business unit and Service Provider business unit, reporting to the VP GM.
· Reviewed potential corporate investments and acquisitions with a security focus. Ran post-acquisition integration of several companies, reporting to the VM GM of the Service Provider business unit and the CEO.
· Built and managed a group of consulting engineers in Consulting Engineering, a corporate troubleshooting group reporting to the CTO, focused on infrastructure applications (DNS, DHCP, network management, security and encryption). Presented regularly at Cisco’s customer conferences.
· Broad background in routing, switching, network infrastructure, optics, and network security.

VP at Netsys Technologies, acquired by Cisco Systems. Netsys Technologies developed visualization and simulation software for routed data networks.
· International sales and customer support. Built and managed a consulting and support engineering team.

CTO at Chernikeeff Telecommunications, London. Chernikeeff was Cisco's first UK reseller, selling network systems, network design and systems integration, hardware and services. It was subsequently acquired by Dimension Data. Built and managed a sales and support engineering team.

MA Unversity of Aberdeen Economic Science
MSc University of Edinburgh Artificial Intelligence, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science

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