Phil Kirk joined Cisco in 2007 and is currently responsible for all acquisitions and investments related to big Data as well as Cloud software and management. Before joining Cisco, Phil was with the Microsoft Corporate Strategy team. Previously, he was an associate with DTEC Venture Capital, where he sourced and executed early stage investments in the software and networking market. Earlier, he spent time as a strategy consultant, focusing on clients in the internet and e-commerce space. Phil earned his MBA degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an AB degree with honors in economics from the University of Chicago.