india.jpgCisco announces a $1 billion bet on India, including a $100 million fund to invest in Indian start-ups. This is a shift. India was once considered primarily a great place for outsourcing. Now Cisco, which is one of Silicon Valley’s biggest companies, is taking it seriously as a place to invest directly, and build products from the ground up. It is seeing its product sales in India increase too. It is tripling its staff there. Here’s the Mercury News story today. We should mention that two other Silicon Valley household names, Oracle and Intel, are also there in a big way.