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Introducing SousZen

See how Xinova partners with PepsiCo and Innit to launch the new Seattle restaurant tech startup, SousZen, that aims to digitize ‘back of house’.

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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

Edward Jung

Founder & CEO

Jorma Ollila

Executive Chairman

Kelly Romano

Managing Director, Innovation Programs

Patrick Ennis

Chief Technology Officer

Yong Sung Kim

Chairman APAC

Glenn Edens

Partner, Innovation Programs

Stacey Ravetta

General Counsel

David Kraft

Head of Innovation Services

Brad Roberts Ph.D.

Head of Strategic Partnerships Xinova & CEO Arcnet

Ted Leung

Vice President of Engineering

Raine Hermans

Managing Director, Innovation Programs

Ken Pawlak

Managing Director

Ernst Stöttinger

Partner | Innovation Programs

Chal Davidson


Sharat Reddy

General Manager, Marketing & North America Sales

Rob Dhat

Vice President of Innovation Partnerships

Kyle Dowling

Director of Innovation Partnerships

Al DeNooyer

Innovation Business Development Representative

Sherri Richman

Innovation Business Development Representative

Alyssa Moore

Director of Marketing

Eliot Baker

Programs and Content Manager

Soleil Brisbane

Marketing Specialist

Matt Ferguson, PhD

Vice President of Innovation Services

Doug Loy, Ph.D.

Vice President | Innovation Services Group

Kevin Williams

Vice President | Innovation Services Group

Nick Milanovich

Director | Innovation Services Group

Naoki Bessho

Innovation Development Manager

Hsiu-Wu (Jason) Guo

Innovation Development Manager

Shivani G. Ludwig, Ph.D

Innovation Development Manager

Jessica Roberto

Technical Program Manager

Kayo Ikegami

Operations Analyst

Brett Hertzberg

Legal Consultant

Ken Tallo

Partner | Innovation Programs

Mark Klopp

Business Development Consultant

Brian Yen


Masanobu Katoh

President | Xinova Japan

Scott Needham

Country Head of Australia and New Zealand

Madan Prabhu

Director | Innovation Services Group

Ramakrishnan Vaidyanathan

Director, Innovation Programs

Madeline Song

Managing Director

Yi Lan Chen

Research Coordinator

Rafidah Binte Md Aidi

Project Coordinator

Harvey Hung

Project Coordinator

Kaori Iguchi

Office Manager

Jordan Bundy

Manager, Software Engineer

Chris Petersen

Software Engineer

Clariz Adelle Mariano

Software Engineer

Sara Telfer

Senior Product Designer

Seth Miller

Managing Director, Innovation Programs

Paul Levins


Maggie Ng

Chief of Staff to CEO

Laura Vowles

Executive Assistant

Mai Huong Tran


Dan Dongil Kim

Executive Vice President of Finance

Amy Greime

Vice President | Finance & Accounting

Jose Chacon

Director Finance & Accounting

Imran Sajjad

Staff Accountant

Michelle Axelrod

Office Manager

John Kim

IT Manager

Stephen King

Entrepreneur in Residence

Yan Sheng

Senior Vice President, Head of China

BK Lee

President Korea

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