Mallun Yen

ChIPs Co-founder, Board Director and CEO
Co-founder & COO, SaaStr

Mallun is a technology executive, board director, founder and global intellectual property leader, who has launched and scaled businesses, transformed markets by disrupting industry conventions, and created vibrant worldwide communities.


In 2005, it was headline news when she became Cisco System’s chief intellectual property officer, a position held by only a handful of other women at the time. This appointment led her and the six other women IP leaders in the Bay Area to found to advance and connect women in technology, law and policy. Now with over 3,500 members and multiple regional chapters, the informal dinner group has grown into a global nonprofit community with numerous game-changing initiatives, including the annual summit, mock pitch events, and free ChIPs ALI institute to inspire teen girls to become [A]dvocates, [L]eaders and [I]nnovators.


While at Cisco, Mallun and fellow innovators launched RPX to counter the spread of so-called patent trolls using a novel data-driven, market-based approach. As chief business and product officer, she guided the venture-backed startup to IPO in 2011 (less than 3 years from inception) and over $300 million in annual revenue. She served on the board of directors until its acquisition.


Mallun is also co-founder and COO of SaaStr, the world’s largest community for B2B software, serves as operating partner for SaaStr Fund, and invests in and advises multiple fast-growing startups. She has taught at Stanford Law School, and many thousands have read and shared her articles. Awards she has received include Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business, Forever Influential, Women Leaders in Tech Law, World’s Leading Intellectual Property Strategists and Innovators’ Award–Serial Innovator. She has also been featured in various publications, including Entrepreneur, The Secrets of Silicon Valley and Stiletto Network.


Mallun is also a board director of KQED, Northern California’s public media organization, and serves as co-chair of the strategic planning committee and on the search committee.