Kenneth Farrall brings decades of experience in cross-cultural communication, electronic media and digital publishing to the MTM LinguaSoft team. Ken’s experience leading a Chinese business information company, Xiamen Xindeco, into the Internet age in the mid-1990s, and to a successful public listing on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, gave him tremendous insight into Chinese culture and business practices, inspiring him to develop a series of online publishing ventures dedicated to bridging East-West cultural gaps. The Xindeco company became the first publicly listed Chinese IT company on the strength of its award-winning, bilingual website, China Vista. Later, his China Matrix website became the industry standard for news on China Internet developments. Finally, VirtualChina.com established itself as a leader in China technology, culture and finance news, becoming the subject of a Harvard Business Case study and the official English language content provider of China’s leading Internet property Sina.com, before closing operations in the wake of the 2001 dotcom crash.
Ken continued to consult for and manage technology teams at Chinese tech companies before getting his Ph.D. in Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, where he specialized in electronic communications technology and policy. He has taught University courses in information technology policy, advertising, the history of communication, privacy law, and the future of television.
Ken is fluent in spoken Mandarin and is self-taught in full-stack web-development, from information architecture to back-end coding and front-end design. He lives in West Philadelphia with his wife, three children, and their very friendly Cavachon dog, Nini. His family enjoys camping and bike riding in the spring and summer and singing in their intergenerational church choir.