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Paul Payne

Architect | Network Platform

Do you believe people are born with the passions that will define their lives, or are they forged by their circumstances?

I feel as though I’ve always been an engineer. My degree in Mechanical Engineering was preceded by a childhood of curiosity and fascination with building. I tore apart every electrical toy in mostly frustrated attempts to find parts to build autonomous robots. My walls were scorched with small electrical fires, my floors were littered with Rube Goldberg machines, and my encyclopedia was bookmarked at “Ohm’s Law” and “Control Theory”. I didn’t need to force myself to read through the Commodore 64 owner’s manual a dozen times or learn to program by typing in the programs in the back of Compute! magazine; I just wanted to. Then again, maybe I was indoctrinated into the manic tech fantasies of 80’s pop culture by Transformers, Knight Rider, MacGyver, Mr. Wizard, and Airwolf.

Similarly, I feel I’ve always been an entrepreneur. As a child, I ran lemonade stands, collected aluminum cans, and sold discarded office supplies to my classmates. I made stencils out of cardboard to paint addresses on curbs for $2 a pop (until the police said it wasn’t quite legal). I started working with my father cleaning carpets when I was 12, started hourly jobs at 14 and, at one point in college had 5 part-time jobs simultaneously. Some might say all this activity was the result of being born into poverty in the Midwest; dreaming of a future beyond stapling together sneakers to last a few more months or dropping music class because we couldn’t continue renting the trombone. But, it never felt like desperation to me as much as love, and to be honest, I didn’t really mind. Founding, growing, and eventually selling a web startup in my 20s was just another expression of a lifelong way of being.

Whether nature or nurture, fate or circumstance, I remember the intoxicating instant in 1993, while managing the university computer lab, when I installed WinSock and Netscape and, for the very first time, loaded a picture that some college grad from the other side of the world put on their server on the World Wide Web. I was hooked.

The Internet, for me, has always been empowerment and connection. Through a 300 baud modem in my dark basement in the Midwest, I was able to connect to curious people like me. I was able to access resources that most people didn’t know existed. I was able to make things that few people in the world had ever contemplated, to create value from nothing. I was an engineer and an entrepreneur, an adventurer, a pioneer.

For over 20 years, I have been working in startups and innovation labs, solving problems and reaching towards dreams with technology. I’ve brought new technology to academic institutions, international non-profits, fundraising networks, healthcare and home management startups, global consulting companies, fashion retail, tech startups and now, Xinova.

Xinova connects and empowers innovators around the world through technology.

Was I born to be here? I don’t know. This, however, is what I do know: we have only scratched the surface of the full potential of computers to bring together the innovators of the world, to enable any company, any investor, any research lab, any inventor, any entrepreneur to engage fully and profitably in a collaborative quest to advance humanity for generations to come.

Let’s make it happen.

Our Team

Nicole Underwood

HR Director

John Kim

IT Manager

Sally Flaxman

Contract Manager

Hsiu-Wu (Jason) Guo

Innovation Development Manager

Mark Klopp

Business Development Consultant

Yan Sheng

Senior Vice President, Head of China

Jorma Ollila

Executive Chairman

Sharat Reddy

Chief of Staff to Founder & CEO

Grace Kang

Accounts Payable Specialist

Cate Yochum

Software Engineer

Michelle Axelrod

Office Manager

Emmanuel Gomez

Principal Engineer

Vivek Ramakrishnan

Managing Director

Andrew McLain

Product Manager

Jacob Harvey

Accounting Manager

David Kraft

Global Head of Innovation Services

Dan Dongil Kim

Executive Vice President of Finance

Kayo Ikegami

Operations Analyst

Emma DeMaris

Marketing Intern

Mai Huong Tran


Yang-Won Jung

Senior Director | Innovation Services Group

Jake Fagan

Senior Product Designer

Todd Kenck

Chief Financial Officer

Sara Telfer

Senior Product Designer

Rahul Das

Vice President

Gerald Toh

APAC IT Manager

Ernst Stöttinger

Partner | Innovation Banking and Development

Matthew Ritchie

Senior Product Designer

Ryan Canfield

Software Engineer

Stephen King

Entrepreneur in Residence

BK Lee

President Korea

Christian Czernich

Innovation Banking and Development

Stacey Ravetta

General Counsel

Matt Ferguson, PhD

Vice President of Network & Technology

Wolfgang Meyers

Software Engineer

Kevin Williams

Vice President | Innovation Services Group

Graeme Weston

Vice Chairman and Managing Partner, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship

Amy Greime

Vice President | Finance & Accounting

Edward Jung

Founder & CEO

Madeline Song

Managing Director

Ken Tallo

Partner | Innovation Banking and Development

Daniel Edenhofer

Software Engineer

Jordan Bundy

Software Engineer

Cassandra Schwartz

Product Marketing Manager

Imran Sajjad

Staff Accountant

Dan Cook

Vice President, Growth & Scale Group

Brett Hertzberg

Legal Consultant

Anton Orlich

Partner, Innovation Banking and Development

Darrel Rhea

Managing Partner | Innovation Banking and Development

Maynard Kang

Managing Director, Innovation Banking and Development

Adam Holiber

Managing Director, Innovation Banking and Development

Brad Roberts Ph.D.

Global Head of Network Platform

Matthew Holloway

Vice President of Products

Rapha Goyran

Software Engineer

Andy Tolton

Public Relations and Marketing Manager

Scott Needham

Country Head of Australia and New Zealand

Wyatt Antoine

Information Technology Intern

Jussi Westergren

Senior Advisor

Chris Petersen

Software Engineer

Laura Vowles

Executive Assistant

Chip Murray

Partner, Innovation Banking and Development

Evelyn Miles

Office Manager

Kaori Iguchi

Office Manager

Clariz Adelle Mariano

Software Engineer

Leesa Murphy

Payroll & Benefits Analyst

Liron Porat

Innovation Program Director

Ken Pawlak

Managing Director

Paul Payne

Architect | Network Platform

Shivani G. Ludwig, Ph.D

Innovation Development Manager

Rafidah Binte Md Aidi

Project Coordinator

Christopher Ruehs

Software Engineer

Patrick Ennis

Chief Technology Officer

Joshua Montgomery

Software Engineer

Dana Lindquist

Data Scientist

Seth Miller

Managing Director, Innovation Banking and Development

Glenn Edens

Partner, Innovation Banking and Development

Jimin “Eva” Kim

Office Administrator

Shiloh Stuart

Software Engineer

Connor Timmerman

Senior Analyst | Network Platform

Jon Gleasman

Senior Product Designer

Arra Ardona

Sr. Product Manager

Brian Yen


Kelly Romano

Managing Partner | Innovation Banking and Development

Madan Prabhu

Director | Innovation Services Group

Chal Davidson

Director, Innovation Banking and Development

Travis Murdock

Vice President of Marketing

Duncan Mowatt

Senior Product Designer

Nadia Savin

Senior Analyst

Eliot Baker

Programs and Content Manager

Olivia Armstrong

Project Manager

Molly Kent

Software Engineer

Ted Leung

Vice President of Engineering

Naoki Bessho

Innovation Development Manager

Alyssa Moore, MBA

Senior Marketing Manager

Maggie Ng

Vice President

Mark Buchthal

Software Engineer

Doug Loy, Ph.D.

Vice President | Innovation Services Group

Yi Lan Chen

Research Coordinator

Chris Buntel

Vice President | Singapore

Jake Cannon

Senior Technical Support Engineer

Yongsung Kim

Chairman Korea & SEA

Raine Hermans

Managing Director, Innovation Banking and Development

Masanobu Katoh

President | Xinova Japan

Jose Chacon

Finance Manager

Andre Lee

President | Innovation Development & Banking

Isaac Pek

Innovation Development Manager

Kevin Crommelin

Product Manager

Vlad Dabija

Technical Fellow

Soleil Brisbane

Employer Branding Specialist

Ken Poppe

Managing Director | Innovation Development and Banking

Grace Fox

HR Generalist

Nick Milanovich

Director | Innovation Services Group

Harvey Hung

Project Coordinator

Ramakrishnan Vaidyanathan

Director | Innovation Banking and Development

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Our Worldwide Locations


311 ½ Occidental Ave S
Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98104
+1 (206) 800-2678


Xinova Japan GK
Yaesu Mitsui Building 6F
2-7-2 Yaesu, Chuo-ku
Tokyo 104-0028 Japan


Xinova Innovation (Beijing) Consultancy Co. Ltd.
Room 2494, Level 24, Tower 3
China Central Place
77 Jianguo Road
Chaoyang District
Beijing, 100025 China


Xinova Asia Pte Ltd.
150 Beach Road
#08-06/08 Gateway West 
189720 Singapore
+65 6408 5080


Xinova Korea
10th floor, Golfzone Tower
735, Yeongdong-daero
Seoul 06072, Korea
+82 2 6952 8840


Xinova Australasia Pty Ltd.
Suite 1, Level 18
227 Elizabeth Street
Sydney NSW 2000 Australia
+61 2 8093 4850


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


Xinova Finland
Erottajankatu 5 A 4
FI-00130 Helsinki

Affiliate offices in Tel Aviv & Vienna