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Ken Tallo

Partner | Innovation Banking and Development

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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

BK Lee

President Korea

Sharat Reddy

Chief of Staff to Founder & CEO

Kelly Romano

Managing Partner | Innovation Banking and Development

Joshua Montgomery

Software Engineer

Vivek Ramakrishnan

Managing Director

Brad Roberts Ph.D.

Global Head of Network Platform

Ernst Stöttinger

Partner | Innovation Banking and Development

Maggie Ng

Vice President

Rafidah Binte Md Aidi

Project Coordinator

Eliot Baker

Programs and Content Manager

Raine Hermans

Managing Director, Innovation Banking and Development

Nicole Underwood

HR Director

Glenn Edens

Partner, Innovation Banking and Development

Patrick Ennis

Chief Technology Officer

Jorma Ollila

Executive Chairman

Ken Poppe

Managing Director | Innovation Development and Banking

Stephen King

Entrepreneur in Residence

Adam Holiber

Managing Director, Innovation Banking and Development

Ken Tallo

Partner | Innovation Banking and Development

Harvey Hung

Project Coordinator

Rahul Das

Vice President

Cate Yochum

Software Engineer

Laura Vowles

Executive Assistant

Stacey Ravetta

General Counsel

Wolfgang Meyers

Software Engineer

Todd Kenck

Chief Financial Officer

Michelle Axelrod

Office Manager

Arra Ardona

Sr. Product Manager

Andre Lee

President | Innovation Development & Banking

Soleil Brisbane

Employer Branding Specialist

Mai Huong Tran


Ryan Canfield

Software Engineer

Andy Tolton

Public Relations and Marketing Manager

Rapha Goyran

Software Engineer

Jordan Bundy

Software Engineer

Jake Cannon

Senior Technical Support Engineer

Paul Payne

Architect | Network Platform

Jimin “Eva” Kim

Office Administrator

Molly Kent

Software Engineer

Dan Cook

Vice President, Growth & Scale Group

Dan Dongil Kim

Executive Vice President of Finance

Scott Needham

Country Head of Australia and New Zealand

Daniel Edenhofer

Software Engineer

Kevin Crommelin

Product Manager

Imran Sajjad

Staff Accountant

Ken Pawlak

Managing Director

Hsiu-Wu (Jason) Guo

Innovation Development Manager

Connor Timmerman

Senior Analyst | Network Platform

Jacob Harvey

Accounting Manager

Mark Klopp

Business Development Consultant

Shiloh Stuart

Software Engineer

Kevin Williams

Vice President | Innovation Services Group

John Kim

IT Manager

Amy Greime

Vice President | Finance & Accounting

Edward Jung

Founder & CEO

Christopher Ruehs

Software Engineer

Masanobu Katoh

President | Xinova Japan

Gerald Toh

APAC IT Manager

Brett Hertzberg

Legal Consultant

Matt Ferguson, PhD

Vice President of Network & Technology

Ted Leung

Vice President of Engineering

Grace Fox

HR Generalist

Seth Miller

Managing Director, Innovation Banking and Development

Matthew Ritchie

Senior Product Designer

Madeline Song

Managing Director

Kaori Iguchi

Office Manager

Ramakrishnan Vaidyanathan

Director | Innovation Banking and Development

Mark Buchthal

Software Engineer

Yongsung Kim

Chairman Korea & SEA

Christian Czernich

Innovation Banking and Development

Jussi Westergren

Senior Advisor

Yan Sheng

Senior Vice President, Head of China

Dana Lindquist

Data Scientist

Isaac Pek

Innovation Development Manager

Kayo Ikegami

Operations Analyst

Chris Buntel

Vice President | Singapore

Nadia Savin

Senior Analyst

Evelyn Miles

Office Manager

Travis Murdock

Vice President of Marketing

Madan Prabhu

Director | Innovation Services Group

Yi Lan Chen

Research Coordinator

Anton Orlich

Partner, Innovation Banking and Development

Nick Milanovich

Director | Innovation Services Group

Jon Gleasman

Senior Product Designer

Sara Telfer

Senior Product Designer

Emmanuel Gomez

Principal Engineer

Grace Kang

Accounts Payable Specialist

Liron Porat

Innovation Program Director

Naoki Bessho

Innovation Development Manager

Chip Murray

Partner, Innovation Banking and Development

Darrel Rhea

Managing Partner | Innovation Banking and Development

Jake Fagan

Senior Product Designer

Cassandra Schwartz

Product Marketing Manager

Yang-Won Jung

Senior Director | Innovation Services Group

Leesa Murphy

Payroll & Benefits Analyst

Vlad Dabija

Technical Fellow

Emma DeMaris

Marketing Intern

Chris Petersen

Software Engineer

Olivia Armstrong

Project Manager

Andrew McLain

Product Manager

Jose Chacon

Finance Manager

Chal Davidson

Director, Innovation Banking and Development

Clariz Adelle Mariano

Software Engineer

Doug Loy, Ph.D.

Vice President | Innovation Services Group

Brian Yen


David Kraft

Global Head of Innovation Services

Graeme Weston

Vice Chairman and Managing Partner, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship

Wyatt Antoine

Information Technology Intern

Sally Flaxman

Contract Manager

Matthew Holloway

Vice President of Products

Maynard Kang

Managing Director, Innovation Banking and Development

Alyssa Moore, MBA

Senior Marketing Manager

Shivani G. Ludwig, Ph.D

Innovation Development Manager

Duncan Mowatt

Senior Product Designer

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