Rick Shrotri

Managing Partner, Digital Clipper

Mr. Shrotri is the co-founder of Digital Clipper. Mr. Shrotri was previously the Managing Director  and Global Head of the Business Acceleration Team at Cisco, which he founded in the fall of 2013, when he was initially tasked by Cisco’s leadership to enable a model that could create significant value for Cisco and its customers without compromising some of Cisco’s core business principles.  Among those principles was to maintain commercial neutrality for Cisco; as the market leading $49B+ networking technology supplier, Cisco is not in a position to pick sides among its customers  via direct equity investments. Mr. Shrotri successfully developed the concept of creating an independent funding structure to make informed risk and return decisions on potential equity investments in operating company and revenue sharing investments that originated from Cisco’s commercial pipeline. Mr. Shrotri has both a corporate strategy and investment background that allowed him to blend the worlds of private equity and risk sharing transactions, which culminated in the Business Acceleration Team at Cisco. Mr. Shrotri managed Cisco’s relationship with a nonaffiliated predecessor fund, which executed several transactions. Prior to his role in Business Acceleration, Mr. Shrotri managed the development of strategic initiatives tied to growth markets,including Cisco’s IoT strategy, emerging markets strategy, and competitive strategy on a worldwide basis. Mr. Shrotri spent nearly 10 years at Cisco in roles where he had responsibility for managing global strategy in forums that included Cisco’s most senior leadership and customers.Prior to Cisco, Mr. Shrotri lived and worked in Seoul, South Korea as a member of the Chairman’s  Office of Samsung Group, where he served as a Global Strategist. Mr. Shrotri worked on a number  of innovation and investment projects tied to the global semiconductor and mobile businesses of Samsung. Before Samsung, Mr. Shrotri worked with Professor Felda Hardymon, co-chair of the Harvard Business School Venture Capital and Private Equity curriculum, on a simulation that became the foundation of the Executive Education program on the same topic, isolating key choices that drove superior investment outcomes among venture and private equity investors. Mr. Shrotri worked in the New York offices of Goldman Sachs, where he was a member of the Principal Investment Area of the Merchant Bank and focused on technology and telecommunications investments. Mr. Shrotri began his finance career in the Los Angeles office  of Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette in Investment Banking.Mr. Shrotri graduated with highest honors from both Harvard Business School and the Wharton School. He holds an MBA from Harvard, where he was a Baker Scholar, and a BS in Finance from the Wharton School, as well as a Bachelor of Arts from the College of Arts and Sciences at Penn, where he graduated summa cum laude.

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