Posted on Wed, Dec. 27, 2006
Cisco Workers Take Cues From a Former Boss
By Sarah Jane Tribble
John Morgridge spent two decades at the top of San Jose’s Cisco Systems, helping build one of Silicon Valley’s biggest technology companies — and in his spare time he bagged groceries for the needy…
Perhaps the best known story about Morgridge’s giving is when he surprised organizers of the now defunct annual Silicon Valley Charity Ball one year by walking up to the stage and offering to auction the shirt off his back — literally the tuxedo shirt he wore to dinner. The first year he raised $5,000 for charity. Several years later during the last ball, it went for $25,000.