Kevin Talbot

Kevin Talbot

Co-Founder and Managing Partner


Kevin is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Relay Ventures, an early stage venture fund exclusively focused on mobile computing. Kevin has been an entrepreneur, operator and investor in both Canada and the USA for over 20 years. From 1997 until 2010, Kevin was with the venture capital arm of Royal Bank of Canada where he was Vice President of Venture Capital and Managing Director of RBC Venture Partners. He was focused on investments in financial services, SaaS and enterprise software throughout North America. He co-founded Relay Ventures in 2008 with John Albright.

He presently sits on the boards of Payfone, Jelli, Scanadu, Galxyz and FreshGrade. Previously, he served on the boards of Xobni (acquired by Yahoo!), Thor Technologies (acquired by Oracle), iPhrase Technologies (acquired by IBM), Inea Corp. (acquired by Business Objects), Tacit Software (acquired by Oracle), CashEdge (acquired by SIG), WorldMate (acquired by Carlson Wagonlit) and Tempo (acquired by Salesforce). He was also an investor and advisor to WiFiSlam (acquired by Apple).

Kevin holds an MBA, with distinction, from York University, a BA degree in Strategic Studies and the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors’ Corporate Governance College at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Kevin also held an appointment as Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at the Schulich School of Business (York University) in Toronto.

Kevin is the author of Strictly Mobile – how the largest man-made platform in history is changing our world and curator of the Strictly Mobile Conference. He is a frequent public speaker and delivered the TEDx Talk Hope is Not a Strategy in Brussels in 2014. Kevin is based in our Menlo Park, CA office.