Amy Chang

Board member @Disney and @ProcterGamble. Former EVP & GM @Cisco. Grateful to a phenomenal husband & amazing kid! Total food pusher. Startup advisor/investor and board member. She/Her.


Cisco to Acquire Accompany

Cisco to Acquire Accompany

Accompany | CEO and Co-Founder

About Accompany

Accompany developed comprehensive, real-time profiles for every single Fortune 500 CEO. Our AI-driven database provided rich, relevant insights for millions of people and companies, so our users could always find the right people and build stronger relationships.

Founded in 2013 by Amy Chang, Matthias Ruhl, and Ryan McDonough. Accompany was headquartered in Los Altos, California. The company was backed by CRV, ICONIQ Capital, Ignition Partners and Cowboy Ventures. Over the course of 3 funding rounds, Accompany raised $40.5M.

Accompany was acquired by Cisco Systems in May 2018 for for $270 million in cash and assumed equity awards.

Accompany – The Executive’s Best Friend

Wish you had someone working through the night, constantly looking out for you, searching for information to make your days run more smoothly? Accompany delivers all your people and company research right to you so you can be ready for anything.

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meeting prep, delegated.

Anytime we detect someone new in your calendar, you’ll get an Executive Briefing delivered right to your inbox while you sleep. Everything you need to get up to speed, including professional history, relevant news, and key info on their company, is at your fingertips.


put a face to the name in one tap.

So busy in back-to-back meetings you literally don’t even have time to use the bathroom? We get it. Let us help you get up to speed fast with everything you need on the person waiting for you in that conference room.


any data point, for any company. one tap.

Wish you had a horde of research analysts at your beck and call, waiting to serve you the latest insights on the companies that pique your interest? Financials, quarterly reports, and SEC filings are never more than a tap away.


always be in the know.

Real time news feeds custom built around your contacts and the companies you care about. We’re talking about high signal to noise, objective news with no cat videos and no ads.


rich insights on your contacts right inside gmail.

Are you drowning in email? The least we can do is throw you a life jacket. Let us help you figure out which emails even warrant a reply by showing you who those people are.

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Accompany – The largest database of senior decision makers in the world.

While only 54% of Fortune 500 CEOs have LinkedIn profiles, Accompany has comprehensive, real-time profiles for every single one. Our AI-driven database provides rich, relevant insights so you can always find the right prospects and build stronger relationships.

Gain a competitive edge with insights you’ve never seen before.

Comprehensive, at-a-glance org maps are layered with proprietary insights, allowing you to quickly pinpoint important clients or prospects, competitive affiliations, rising stars, super-connectors and more within the client organization.

E.g. Who are the superconnectors in this prospect’s org who have shown more openness/propensity toward external tooling and ideas.

Discover prospects you can’t find anywhere else.

Accompany filters through billions of data points to help you identify and connect with the exact people you’re looking for, uncovering high-potential targets that others miss.

E.g. Find executives in Chicago, who are female, who have expressed an interest in socially-conscious investing or retirement planning.

Make it personal and keep those relationships tight.

Never miss an opportunity to reach out with real-time news, insights, and executive briefings on the people and companies in your network. Unlock effortless, one touch relationship management.

E.g. As soon as your client joins that new board, we send you a notification so you can be the first to say congrats.

Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire Accompany

Accompany Founder and CEO Amy Chang to Lead Cisco’s Collaboration Business

SAN JOSE, Calif. – May 1, 2018 – Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) announced today its intent to acquire Accompany, a privately held company based in Los Altos, Calif. The company provides an AI-driven relationship intelligence platform for finding new prospects, navigating the selling process, and strengthening relationships. Accompany Founder and CEO Amy Chang will join Cisco as senior vice president in charge of the Collaboration Technology Group.

The acquisition of Accompany will enable Cisco to take collaboration to the next level with even more intelligence. Accompany’s AI technology and talent will help Cisco accelerate priority areas across its collaboration portfolio, such as providing user and company profile data in Webex meetings. Together, Cisco and Accompany will continue to power the future of work in a smarter way to enhance customer experiences.

“Amy has proven to be an effective and innovative leader through her years as an entrepreneur, an engineer, and CEO, and I couldn’t be more pleased to have her and the Accompany team join Cisco,” said Chuck Robbins, Cisco chairman and CEO. “Together, we have a tremendous opportunity to further enhance AI and machine learning capabilities in our collaboration portfolio and continue to create amazing collaboration experiences for customers.”

“I am thrilled with the opportunity to join Cisco and the industry’s leading collaboration team,” said Amy Chang, Accompany founder and CEO. “Enterprise applications are rapidly becoming more intelligent and augmented with data and pertinent information in real-time. By combining Accompany’s relationship intelligence capability with Cisco’s award-winning collaboration product portfolio, customers will be able to more intelligently collaborate with employees, customers and partners.”

Rowan Trollope, current senior vice president and general manager of the Collaboration Technology Group is taking the next step in his career and leaving Cisco to become CEO at another company effective May 3.

Chang, who has served as a member of Cisco’s Board of Directors since October 2016, has in conjunction with the transaction resigned from the Cisco Board of Directors effective immediately.

Cisco will acquire Accompany for $270 million in cash and assumed equity awards. The Accompany team will join the Cisco Collaboration Technology Group under Chang’s leadership. The acquisition is expected to close in Cisco’s fourth quarter of fiscal year 2018, following customary closing conditions.

About Cisco

Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the worldwide technology leader that has been making the Internet work since 1984. Our people, products, and partners help society securely connect and seize tomorrow’s digital opportunity today. Discover more at newsroom.cisco.com and follow us on Twitter at @Cisco.

Accompany News

TechCrunch   May 1, 2018

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Business Insider   May 1, 2018

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Silicon Valley Business Journal   May 1, 2018

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Fortune   March 15, 2018

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Fortune   February 15, 2018

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Forbes   February 7, 2018

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Entrepreneur   January 4, 2018

15 Digital Tools and Apps to Jumpstart 2018

Inc.   December 19, 2017

20 Female-Founded Startups That Grew Like Crazy in 2017

AngelList   December 13, 2017

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Southwest: The Magazine   December 1, 2017

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Business Insider   November 25, 2017

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Marie Claire   October 11, 2017

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Born2Invest   September 24, 2017

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The Wall Street Journal   September 18, 2017

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Marie Claire   September 14, 2017

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Entrepreneur   August 27, 2017

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Computer World   August 10, 2017

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Business Insider   August 1, 2017

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Entrepreneur   July 14, 2017

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Glassdoor   July 5, 2017

7 Apps That’ll Get You Closer to Your Dream Job This Month

Forbes   May 15, 2017

10 Apps That Will Increase Your Productivity

Startups.co   April 30, 2017

How I Became Artificially Intelligent (and how you can too)

The Next Web   March 15, 2017

5 Apps That Will Help Make Your Next Meeting So Much More Productive

Constellation Research   March 12, 2017

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PCMag   March 10, 2017

Business Power Tools: 8 Apps Skyhigh’s CEO Can’t Live Without

Realtor.com   February 28, 2017

Have your best meeting ever! Two apps that prepare you for anything

Mindmaven   February 23, 2017

Accompany Review: The Best Tool to Know What’s Going on in Your Network

Entrepreneur   February 10, 2017

17 Apps Every Entrepreneur Needs in 2017

TechCrunch   February 10, 2017

Ex-Googler (and Cisco’s newest board member) Amy Chang on her leap into startups

New York Post   January 30, 2017

These apps will revolutionize the way you do business

First Round   January 26, 2017

Snag the Best Advisors for Your Startup, from Best-selling Authors to Fortune 500 CEOs

Innovation Enterprise   January 16, 2017

4 Women-Founded Tech Startups To Watch In 2017

Business Insider   January 8, 2017

The 21 hottest female-founded startups to watch in 2017

The New York Times   December 31, 2016

Join Our Board: Companies Hotly Pursue New Wave of Women in Tech

VentureBeat   December 29, 2016

15 interesting startups to watch in 2017

TechCrunch   December 28, 2016

The 27 best startups that launched this year

TechCrunch   December 26, 2016

40 female founders who crushed it in 2016

GeekWire   December 5, 2016

Ignition leads $20M funding round for Accompany, an app that acts as a virtual chief of staff

Fortune   December 5, 2016

Accompany, a Mobile Chief of Staff Trying to Challenge LinkedIn, Raises More Cash

TechCrunch   December 5, 2016

Digital chief-of-staff app Accompany raises $20M and launches a UK Beta

Cisco   October 17, 2016

Cisco Appoints Amy Chang to Board of Directors

Forbes   October 4, 2016

3 Simple Strategies To Help You Prepare For (And Crush) Your Next Company Meeting

TechCrunch Disrupt London 2016   October 4, 2016

Amy Chang, Founder of Accompany the AI staff app, joins Disrupt London, Dec 5-6

TechCrunch   September 9, 2016

Five lessons for founders by Amy Chang

Entrepreneur   September 1, 2016

5 Hacks to Know Before Launching a Human-Centric Tech Startup

FORTUNE   August 3, 2016

Accompany Wants to Be Your Mobile Chief of Staff

TECHCRUNCH   August 3, 2016

Accompany’s digital chief-of-staff application launches in beta


“We Made Sure We Got Our Asses Kicked Regularly” – Accompany Founder Amy Chang on Building a Polished Product

FORTUNE   September 10, 2015

Why powerful women love Google, and why they leave it

SPLUNK   March 11, 2015

Splunk Appoints Amy Chang to Board of Directors

TECHCRUNCH   November 19, 2014

Relationship Management Startup Accompani Gets Another $15M While Still In Alpha

TECHCRUNCH    July 12, 2014

Software Entrepreneurs Must Go Mobile-First Or Die

TECHCRUNCH    June 16, 2014

Accompany Wants To Be The Relationship Manager To Rule Them All

TARGET    May 28, 2014

Accompany CEO Named to Target’s Digital Advisory Council