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Object Video and Cisco Share a Board Member

We are all assuming that Cisco is sniffing around video analytics.  Will it buy Object Video?  If it wants to make the biggest splash initially, that would certainly be a good choice – though arguably not the choice with the best long termimplications for the channel and integration with other Cisco hardware and software initiatives.

A Cisco press release making its rounds these days is the announcement that Cisco and Object Video now share a board member. Here is an excerpt from the PR:

Powell, 43, is currently a Senior Advisor of Providence Equity Partners and Chairman of the MK Powell Group. He was nominated by President William J. Clinton to a Republican seat on the Federal Communications Commission in 1997. He was designated Chairman by President George W. Bush in 2001 and served until 2005. Previously, Powell served as the Chief of Staff of the Antitrust Division in the Department of Justice. Before joining the Antitrust Division, Mr. Powell was an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers LLP, and just prior to joining the firm clerked for the Honorable Harry T. Edwards, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Before starting his legal career, Powell served as a policy advisor to Secretary of Defense, Richard B. Cheney. Additionally, Powell’s experience includes military service as an armored cavalry officer in the United States Army. Powell earned a bachelor’s degree in Government from the College of William and Mary and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Powell is a member of the Board of Trustees of the RAND Corporation and the Aspen Institute. Additionally, he serves on the Boards of ObjectVideo and CMWare, Inc. He also currently serves as Rector of the Board of Visitors of the College of William and Mary.

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  1. April 5, 2007 at 1:28 pm

    That’s interesting. If they do plan to acquire an analytics company, it’s hard to see how it would be anyone other than OV in light of the Powell news.
    Steve- can you expand on your statement “though arguably not the choice with the best long termimplications for the channel and integration with other Cisco hardware and software initiatives.”
    Why do you say that?

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