The U.S. government needs to do more to support start-ups to secure its future as a technological innovator, former Cisco CEO John Chambers said Thursday.
"We're the only country in the world that not only does not have a digitization program, but we don't have a start-up program," Chambers said on CNBC's "Squawk on the Street."
Despite a president who supports business growth, the government has actually created a hostile environment for start-ups, said Chambers, who is now a venture capitalist.
"The key thing from the government — make it simple to start a start-up and easy to go public. It's unbelievably difficult in this country," he added.
He also pushed for widespread changes in a broken education system.
"For start-ups to work, you have to change the education system, which we all know is broken," he said. "When I pop into class in France and start to tell them what artificial intelligence is, they are already teaching that class."
Chambers' venture capital firm, JC2 Ventures, currently has a portfolio of nine start-ups listed on its website. He said he plans to invest in more.