We’re mentors of digital innovation, who coach each company on their journey, using our experiences to help them see around corners, accelerate markets, and create entirely new ones. JC2 Ventures is fully committed to developing startup companies, startup nations and a startup world. Bettering society by driving innovation, jobs, economic prosperity, gender diversity, inclusion, and success.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
John Chambers, founder and CEO of JC2 Ventures, focuses on helping disruptive startups from around the world build and scale. He invests in companies that are leading market transitions. Chambers is also the Chairman of the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) and was most recently appointed Global Ambassador of the French Tech by President Emmanuel Macron of France.
In addition to investing in and mentoring startups, Chambers promotes entrepreneurship, gender equality, and accelerating overall new business creation around the world to create startup nations and a startup world, as he believes that startups will be the core driver of economic growth and job creation in the Digital Age.
Prior to founding JC2 Ventures, Chambers spent 25+ years with Cisco, serving as CEO, Chairman and Executive Chairman. He currently holds the title of Chairman Emeritus with the organization.
HEAD OF GROWTH
John J. Chambers
John J. Chambers, Head of Growth, is the company's resident growth and strategic marketing advisor, helping organizations scale across various platforms. He also evaluates new technologies and opportunities while managing internal operations. Prior to joining JC2 Ventures, John led digital marketing teams at Houzz, Netflix, and Walmart eCommerce.
CHIEF TECHNICAL OFFICER
Yvette Kanouff is a Partner and the CTO of JC2 Ventures. She is responsible for technology strategy and engineering relationships within JC2 Ventures investment companies, partners, and customers.
Yvette headed the $7B service provider business at Cisco Systems, and she has held CTO and President roles at various companies in the communications and media industry. She has received numerous industry awards including the National Cable and Television Association's Vanguard Award for Leadership in Science and Technology, was named an Industry Pioneer, won an Emmy for her work in Video on Demand with SeaChange, named an Industry Wonder Woman, Top Techie, and Woman in Technology; she has been named one of the 11 most influential women in the Television industry, and has consistently been ranked as one of the top 100 industry executives.
Yvette began her career in digital signal processing and has a bachelor's and master's degree in Mathematics. Yvette holds several patents, is on various company and industry boards, and she is an active participant in industry organizations, standards bodies, and leading industry technology efforts.
CHIEF OF STAFF
Shannon Pina is responsible for creating, driving and managing strategic communications for the organization. She also manages the day-to-day operations and is a liaison to the various companies under the JC2 Ventures portfolio. Prior to joining JC2 Ventures, Pina was John Chambers’ executive communications manager for over a decade at Cisco.