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Masanobu Katoh

President | Xinova Japan

Business Bio   LinkedIn Profile 

Ever since I was an elementary school student, I loved science and machinery. My first piece of machinery was a crystal radio set, but I quickly advanced to a vacuum tube stereo amplifier and became an amateur radio operator. As a high school student, I began to play with computer hardware, and built my own logic circuit. While I was in high school, I initially thought I would become a scientist, but among my classmates were people who were extremely talented mathematicians and physicists, so I realized I needed to take a different path. So at university in Japan, I majored in law, and went to a law school in the U.S., but I continued to tinker with electronics. While attending law classes during the day, I was attending night school to learn about computer software programs like ASSEMBLER, COBOL, and FORTRAN.  The 1970s was a time when the IBM 360 system was a popular mainframe computer, so studying software at that time was extremely unusual.

I spent much of my career at a large international Japanese company that specialized in computers and networking, and I ended up spending 17 years living in the U.S. Since the 1990s, I spent much of my career focused on the growth of the internet, and the digital economy as a whole. But something like the digital economy isn’t really an effort that can be self-sustaining , so I  went into security, privacy, intellectual property, and many other policy issues and ended up writing books and papers as well as drafting several bills that became laws. At this time, I was also the first member of the board representing Asia-Pacific for ICANN(Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). Through these activities, I was fortunate to work with many of the founders of what have now become globally leading IT companies.   
Currently at Xinova, I help give birth to new technologies and find the best possible homes for these breakthroughs that I hope will make an impact on society. Even after all these years, I still have that same childhood curiosity about cutting edge technology, but I always seem to get pulled in to meeting and trying to analyze inventions and encourage new ideas from our network. Although I am not an engineer myself, I see myself as an originator of new innovations.”

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Mark Buchthal

Software Engineer

Naoki Bessho

Innovation Development Manager

Scott Needham

Country Head of Australia and New Zealand

Ken Tallo

Partner | Innovation Banking and Development

Rahul Das

Vice President

Matthew Holloway

Vice President of Products

Doug Loy, Ph.D.

Vice President | Innovation Services Group

Dana Lindquist

Data Scientist

Jussi Westergren

Senior Advisor

Emma DeMaris

Marketing Intern

Ken Poppe

Managing Director | Innovation Development and Banking

Brad Roberts Ph.D.

Global Head of Network Platform

Kelly Romano

Managing Partner | Innovation Banking and Development

Vlad Dabija

Technical Fellow

Molly Kent

Software Engineer

Kevin Crommelin

Product Manager

Rapha Goyran

Software Engineer

Dan Cook

Vice President, Growth & Scale Group

Cate Yochum

Software Engineer

Jorma Ollila

Executive Chairman

Masanobu Katoh

President | Xinova Japan

Mark Klopp

Business Development Consultant

Eliot Baker

Programs and Content Manager

Evelyn Miles

Office Manager

Yang-Won Jung

Senior Director | Innovation Services Group

Chal Davidson

Director, Innovation Banking and Development

Jordan Bundy

Software Engineer

Duncan Mowatt

Senior Product Designer

Laura Vowles

Executive Assistant

Ernst Stöttinger

Partner | Innovation Banking and Development

Olivia Armstrong

Project Manager

Kayo Ikegami

Operations Analyst

Jimin “Eva” Kim

Office Administrator

Ted Leung

Vice President of Engineering

Stephen King

Entrepreneur in Residence

Joshua Montgomery

Software Engineer

Graeme Weston

Vice Chairman and Managing Partner, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship

Grace Kang

Accounts Payable Specialist

Wyatt Antoine

Information Technology Intern

Vivek Ramakrishnan

Managing Director

Anton Orlich

Partner, Innovation Banking and Development

Emmanuel Gomez

Principal Engineer

Hsiu-Wu (Jason) Guo

Innovation Development Manager

Stacey Ravetta

General Counsel

Darrel Rhea

Managing Partner | Innovation Banking and Development

John Kim

IT Manager

Isaac Pek

Innovation Development Manager

Arra Ardona

Sr. Product Manager

Todd Kenck

Chief Financial Officer

Kaori Iguchi

Office Manager

Ryan Canfield

Software Engineer

Shivani G. Ludwig, Ph.D

Innovation Development Manager

Nadia Savin

Senior Analyst

Andy Tolton

Public Relations and Marketing Manager

Nicole Underwood

HR Director

Jake Cannon

Senior Technical Support Engineer

Sara Telfer

Senior Product Designer

Chip Murray

Partner, Innovation Banking and Development

Paul Payne

Architect | Network Platform

Michelle Axelrod

Office Manager

Brian Yen


Matthew Ritchie

Senior Product Designer

Yan Sheng

Senior Vice President, Head of China

Christopher Ruehs

Software Engineer

Imran Sajjad

Staff Accountant

Jake Fagan

Senior Product Designer

Ramakrishnan Vaidyanathan

Director | Innovation Banking and Development

Brett Hertzberg

Legal Consultant

Yongsung Kim

Chairman Korea & SEA

Seth Miller

Managing Director, Innovation Banking and Development

Maggie Ng

Vice President

Madeline Song

Managing Director

Kevin Williams

Vice President | Innovation Services Group

David Kraft

Global Head of Innovation Services

Sharat Reddy

Chief of Staff to Founder & CEO

Patrick Ennis

Chief Technology Officer

Leesa Murphy

Payroll & Benefits Analyst

Matt Ferguson, PhD

Vice President of Network & Technology

BK Lee

President Korea

Liron Porat

Innovation Program Director

Christian Czernich

Innovation Banking and Development

Yi Lan Chen

Research Coordinator

Ken Pawlak

Managing Director

Sally Flaxman

Contract Manager

Maynard Kang

Managing Director, Innovation Banking and Development

Jacob Harvey

Accounting Manager

Harvey Hung

Project Coordinator

Soleil Brisbane

Employer Branding Specialist

Andrew McLain

Product Manager

Raine Hermans

Managing Director, Innovation Banking and Development

Clariz Adelle Mariano

Software Engineer

Adam Holiber

Managing Director, Innovation Banking and Development

Daniel Edenhofer

Software Engineer

Cassandra Schwartz

Product Marketing Manager

Nick Milanovich

Director | Innovation Services Group

Alyssa Moore, MBA

Senior Marketing Manager

Shiloh Stuart

Software Engineer

Glenn Edens

Partner, Innovation Banking and Development

Amy Greime

Vice President | Finance & Accounting

Dan Dongil Kim

Executive Vice President of Finance

Jose Chacon

Finance Manager

Edward Jung

Founder & CEO

Chris Buntel

Vice President | Singapore

Jon Gleasman

Senior Product Designer

Wolfgang Meyers

Software Engineer

Connor Timmerman

Senior Analyst | Network Platform

Rafidah Binte Md Aidi

Project Coordinator

Madan Prabhu

Director | Innovation Services Group

Chris Petersen

Software Engineer

Travis Murdock

Vice President of Marketing

Andre Lee

President | Innovation Development & Banking

Gerald Toh

APAC IT Manager

Grace Fox

HR Generalist

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Seattle, WA 98104
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Yaesu Mitsui Building 6F
2-7-2 Yaesu, Chuo-ku
Tokyo 104-0028 Japan


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77 Jianguo Road
Chaoyang District
Beijing, 100025 China


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189720 Singapore
+65 6408 5080


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10th floor, Golfzone Tower
735, Yeongdong-daero
Seoul 06072, Korea
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Suite 1, Level 18
227 Elizabeth Street
Sydney NSW 2000 Australia
+61 2 8093 4850


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Suite No 208, 2nd Floor
Survey No 414
PSR Complex
Govinda Reddy (GR) Layout
Bannerghatta Road
Karnataka, 560076, India


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FI-00130 Helsinki

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