10 Next-Gen Networking Startups Ripe For The Plucking


Insiemi

CEO: John Chambers (via Cisco)

OK, so it's a pretty obvious choice: Insiemi's status as a potential Cisco "spin-in" -- Cisco supplied the $100 million seed round and has the rights to finish the job on the company for up to $750 million more -- means it already has an acquirer in the wings. That doesn't make Insiemi any less interesting compared to the current crop of SDN start-ups, though if Cisco was in the mix to acquire Nicira, as several sources hold, what does that say about Cisco's faith in this project?