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Ken Tallo

Partner | Innovation Programs

Business Bio  LinkedIn Profile

Over my many years of working within multi-national corporations I’ve met some amazing people.  Like most professionals within technology driven companies they are very bright, innovative, and passionate.  However, their hard work often never gets commercialized.  Why? 

I personally struggled with this problem for many years (or should I say over many ‘projects’?).  So, after two decades as an engineer I took that big step, turned in my calculator and moved to the world of business.  There I made two very insightful observations.

First, there are many reasons for failed projects ranging from ‘wrong technology for the market’ to ‘project execution mistakes’, but in almost every case, I discovered many ‘good’ innovations got lost or abandoned.  Corporations spend billions each year on R&D, but only a fraction of their spending result in new Products or Services that make it into the market.  Having both a technical and business background I started working within large and small companies to extract those valuable innovations and combine them with ‘right’ business practices to create successful monetization strategies.  This approach reduces the risk of project execution (as much of the R&D is already completed) as well as aligns an innovation to a specific market ‘need’ (if there is no market ‘need’, then don’t waste your time).

My second observation is that smaller companies are innovating much faster than larger companies.  With the easy access to information, ability to tap into global talent pools, and access to a variety of funding sources, small and medium size companies are now becoming the innovation ‘incubators’ for many industries.  This is not saying that large companies have stopped innovating.  They are!  It’s just that smaller companies are nimbler and can therefore succeed (or fail) faster.  Having personally advised small companies from the concept stage, through prototyping, to product commercialization, and ultimately acquisition, I know that TTM (Time To Market, or Time To Money!) is extremely important to every business. 

Prior to joining Xinova, I created and directed Intel Capital’s Technology Licensing Group, a business that monetized technology assets in markets such as healthcare, transportation, cloud services, communications, and manufacturing.  I’ve also held senior management positions within Intel’s ‘Internet of Things’ and ‘Design Automation’ Groups; as well as ran manufacturing/operations early in my career at AMD.

I’m an investor, adviser, entrepreneur, and board member for companies focused on Internet Security, Advanced Manufacturing, Analytics, Services, Compliance, Entertainment and Advertising.

Our Team

Laura Vowles

Executive Assistant

Scott Needham

Country Head of Australia and New Zealand

Maggie Ng

Chief of Staff to CEO

Brett Hertzberg

Legal Consultant

Soleil Brisbane

Marketing Specialist

Masanobu Katoh

President | Xinova Japan

Graeme Weston

Vice Chairman and Managing Partner, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship

Clariz Adelle Mariano

Software Engineer

Dan Cook

Vice President, Growth & Scale Group

Al DeNooyer

Innovation Business Development Representative

Kelly Romano

Managing Director | Innovation Programs

Yongsung Kim

Chairman Korea & Asia

Yan Sheng

Senior Vice President, Head of China

Grace Fox

HR Generalist

Kevin Williams

Vice President | Innovation Services Group

Patrick Ennis

Chief Technology Officer

Shivani G. Ludwig, Ph.D

Innovation Development Manager

Nicole Underwood

HR Director

Doug Loy, Ph.D.

Vice President | Innovation Services Group

Naoki Bessho

Innovation Development Manager

Jose Chacon

Finance Manager

Stacey Ravetta

General Counsel

Yi Lan Chen

Research Coordinator

Rahul Das

Vice President

Chal Davidson


Mark Klopp

Business Development Consultant

Travis Murdock

Vice President of Innovation Partnerships

Rafidah Binte Md Aidi

Project Coordinator

Jessica Roberto

Technical Program Manager

Jorma Ollila

Executive Chairman

Chris Petersen

Software Engineer

Sherri Richman

Innovation Business Development Representative

Kaori Iguchi

Office Manager

Kyle Dowling

Director of Innovation Partnerships

Imran Sajjad

Staff Accountant

Dan Dongil Kim

Executive Vice President of Finance

Joshua Montgomery

Software Engineer

Paul Levins


Harvey Hung

Project Coordinator

John Kim

IT Manager

Nick Milanovich

Director | Innovation Services Group

Stephen King

Entrepreneur in Residence

Amy Greime

Vice President | Finance & Accounting

Madeline Song

Managing Director

Kayo Ikegami

Operations Analyst

Mai Huong Tran


Sharat Reddy

General Manager, Marketing & North America Sales

Todd Kenck

Chief Financial Officer

Matt Ferguson, PhD

Vice President of Network & Technology

Ken Tallo

Partner | Innovation Programs

Brad Roberts Ph.D.

Global Head of Network Platform

Jimin “Eva” Kim

Office Administrator

Ken Pawlak

Managing Director

Alyssa Moore

Senior Marketing Manager

Ted Leung

Vice President of Engineering

Brian Yen


Sara Telfer

Senior Product Designer

Jordan Bundy

Manager, Software Engineer

Ramakrishnan Vaidyanathan

Director, Innovation Programs

Wolfgang Meyers

Software Engineer

BK Lee

President Korea

Eliot Baker

Programs and Content Manager

Seth Miller

Managing Director, Innovation Programs

Hsiu-Wu (Jason) Guo

Innovation Development Manager

Rob Dhat

VP of Innovation Partnerships

David Kraft

Global Head of Innovation Services

Michelle Axelrod

Office Manager

Madan Prabhu

Director | Innovation Services Group

Bo Garcia

Director of Innovation Partnerships

Glenn Edens

Partner, Innovation Programs

Raine Hermans

Managing Director, Innovation Programs

Edward Jung

Founder & CEO

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Chaoyang District
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