Our Team

XiO’s experienced staff is committed to delivering practical, effective solutions to the issues facing the water industry today.



John Taylor, Chief Executive Officer

John Taylor is an experienced CEO, Executive Chairman, and Board Member who has built, advised and raised capital for technology companies focused on business software, digital media, live events and payments. John specializes in emerging growth companies poised to scale their operations and business to maximize overall value. He has secured multiple rounds of investment capital from venture firms and strategic investors and overseen mergers and acquisitions on both sides of the transaction. John was the co-founder and CEO of Jatter, a payments and messaging company and served as the Executive Chairman of Vendini, a leading online ticketing company that generated over $2 Billion in ticket sales that was acquired by AudienceView. As CEO of Ecast, John built the largest interactive, place-based media network in the U.S. with more than 10,000 connected, dynamically ad-served media devices in public venues. John also held executive leadership positions at Macromedia (acquired by Adobe), Quokka Sports, DimensionX (acquired by Microsoft), Sun Microsystems (acquired by Oracle) and NCR Corporation. John earned his Bachelor’s degree in Applied Economics from Cornell University.


Mauritz Botha, Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer

Mauritz was the co-founder and CTO of Lontech and Sperolon, where he was the architect for intelligent residential demand-side systems and the SL2000 environmental sensing system that is widely deployed in mines in South Africa. Mauritz worked as a product manager for Coactive Networks where he was part of the team that oversaw the move to large scale production of home gateway systems for a large Swedish utility. He was the co-founder and CTO of IMSI-Design where he was responsible for the TurboCAD range of products and helped establish TurboCAD as the dominant CAD application in retail in the US. Mauritz was Chairman of the Board of the Open Design Alliance, an entity providing libraries for open exchange of geometry between various popular CAD platforms. He holds a Bachelor in Electronic Engineering from the University of Stellenbosch, Hons. Bachelor of Computer Engineering from the University of Pretoria and a Masters of Electrical Engineering (cum laude) from the University of Potchefstroom. He also holds a patent on a machine vision system for industrial control and a number of patents pending associated with his work at XiO.


Bryan Collins, VP of Operations

Bryan Collins is Vice President of Operations at XiO. Bryan is experienced working in a wide range of companies, from start-ups to big four consulting firms. His expertise lies in developing integration between operations, accounting and finance, sales, and production, in order to drive superior business performance. In his previous role, he helped foster 10X revenue growth, resulting in an acquisition by a publicly held company. He holds a Bachelor’s in Economics from NMU in South Africa.


Peter Moy, VP of Engineering

Peter is an accomplished automation and control system expert. He was Director of Engineering at Berkeley Process Control (BPC), where he was responsible for managing software, electronics, mechanical design, product development, and systems engineering. Peter was involved in the development of several generations of the multi-axis servo motor machine controller that was the central element of BPC’s products. He oversaw system development for projects in automated welding, semiconductor wafer handling, nuclear vessel inspection, and nuclear-spent fuel canister welding. Peter led the development of Soft-I/O, an innovative product that implements configurable I/O and is at the core of XiO’s offering. Peter has a BSE in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University and a Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.


Mark Puckett, VP of Product Development

Mark is an experienced water system product and project manager who brings his more than ten years of experience to head up the rapidly growing XiO production operation surrounding both the innovative Soft-I/O technology and the unique XiO Cloud SCADA® control system. Mark began his career in software systems but then moved into the irrigation business, commercial, municipal and agricultural, spending nearly ten years serving the delivery of water to the customer. Now, Mark turns his focus to serving the water production side of the equation. Mark is overseeing the scaling of XiO’s business that is ramping at an explosive rate. Mark earned a B.A. from Harvard University.



Paul Sagues, Co-Founder and Chairman

Paul Sagues is a seasoned veteran with a distinguished career in the process control business and the co-founder and chairman of XiO, Inc. Paul is a co-founder of Berkeley Process Control, a company that generated more than $250 million in sales in the high precision motion and machine control business and was acquired by Moog, Inc in 2008. Paul co-authored the textbook Microprocessors for Measurement and Control (Osborne/McGraw-Hill) with Professor David M. Auslander of the University of California, Berkeley. Paul has more than one hundred patents in the field of microprocessor-based control systems. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Stanford University and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

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James A. Chiddix

Jim Chiddix is a 39-year veteran of the cable television and technology industries. He is also on the boards of ARRIS Group, Inc., a communications equipment company; Virgin Media Inc., a cable TV, broadband and fixed and wireless service provider in the United Kingdom; Dycom Industries, Inc., a provider of construction and engineering services to the telecom and cable industries, and Symmetricom, Inc., a precision timing equipment company.

Jim was CEO and Chairman at OpenTV Corp., a developer of cable and satellite set-top box software, between March 2004 and March 2007, and remained on its board through November 2009. Prior to OpenTV, he was President of Time Warner Inc.’s Interactive Television Division, developing server-based DVR services, and for the 15 preceding years was Chief Technology Officer at Time Warner Cable overseeing R&D, engineering and construction activities. He and his team pioneered the use of optical fiber technologies in cable TV systems, a transforming change that enabled two-way and streaming services, including video-on-demand and high-speed Internet access through cable modems. Early in his career, Jim co-founded CRC Electronics, a start-up that manufactured videotape automation systems for program origination, time-shifting, and commercial insertion. That company was sold to Texscan in 1982; its technology dominated the market for tape-based local ad insertion for US cable companies until the advent of server-based solutions in the late nineties. Jim’s interest in electronics and technology began with amateur radio and continued at Cornell University, where he studied electrical engineering. During his military service, he attended and then taught at the U.S. Army Air Defense Command School at Fort Bliss, Texas. Jim was inducted into the Cable Television Pioneers in 1991 and the Cable Hall of Fame in 2007

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Jorge A. del Calvo

Jorge A. del Calvo is a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. He represents public and private technology companies in mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, private placements, and joint ventures, investment banks in equity, debt, and other transactions, and venture and private equity funds in their formation and investments. His clients range in size from unfunded start-ups to Fortune 500 companies.

As one of the most prolific and experienced IPO attorneys in the country, he has consistently ranked as one of the top attorneys in the country in representing issuers in completed technology IPOs. He has also broken ground for new industries in the public market, having represented the “First Internet IPO” (Netcom On-Line Communications Service, Inc.), and the “First Solar IPO” (SunPower Corporation) in their Initial Public Offerings. Fifteen of the companies he has represented achieved market valuations in excess of $1B.

During his career, Jorge has handled over one hundred merger and acquisition transactions, including the representation of Atheros in its $3.6 billion acquisition by Qualcomm, WebEx in its $3.2 billion acquisition by Cisco, Nicira in its $1.26 billion acquisition by VMWare, and PLX Technology in its $298 Million sale to Avago Technologies. He also has extensive experience in counseling public companies and their boards with respect to hostile takeovers, proxy contests, special investigations and corporate governance issues.

Jorge is a Coordinating Editor of the Venture Capital and Public Offering Negotiation, a two-volume treatise for lawyers. He has also been a Visiting Lecturer at Stanford Law School where he has taught several corporate law courses and was a panelist on several Continuing Education for the Bar (CEB) courses.

He is a charter member of the Silicon Valley chapter of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), Asian American Multicultural Association (AAMA), and HispanicNet. He has been a speaker at various conferences sponsored by TiE, AAMA, HispanicNet, and other industry organizations.

He has previously served on the boards of Berkeley Process Control, Inc., Columb, Inc., Riverstone Networks (RSTN), Procket Networks, Deepa Textiles, Xambala, the Vinters Alliance LLP and New Path, LLC. He also served on the Board of several non-profit entities, including Job Train Inc. and the Center for Vietnamese Refugee Resettlement. He is also a member of the Equity Capital Foundation Task Force, a group of professionals from America’s Startup and small-capitalization ecosystem that was founded in June 2013, in part, to develop recommendations for policymakers to help companies gain greater access to capital.


Maria S. Jelescu Dreyfus

Maria is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Ardinall Investment Management, an investment firm focused on energy infrastructure that she started in 2017.

Prior to Ardinall Investment Management, Maria spent 15 years at Goldman Sachs, where she most recently served as a Portfolio Manager and Managing Director in the Goldman Sachs Investment Partners (GSIP) Group.

She currently serves as a director on the board of Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation (NYSE: MIC), on the board of CDPQ (one of Canada’s largest pension plans), and on the advisory board of Eni Next (Eni SpA’s corporate venture arm).

She also sits on the advisory board of the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University and serves as co-chair of their Women in Energy program.

Additionally, Maria is a member of the MIT Corporation’s Development Committee and sits on the MIT Economics Department’s Visiting Committee.

Maria also serves as a member of the New York State Secure Choice Savings Program Board. Her current and past non-profit board memberships include New America Alliance, Breakthrough New York, and Girls Inc. of NYC. She is a member of the Economic Club of New York and a member of the Milken Institute’s Young Leaders Circle.

Maria has held her CFA since 2004, and holds a dual degree in economics and management science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

She resides in New York City with her husband and three children.