Taylor Davidson is an early-stage investor focusing on enterprise businesses in digital media, imagery, mobile, data, communications, and financial services. He is an advisor to a range of early-stage ventures and a mentor with TechStars NYC, Launch Pad and The Brandery. Over 12,000 entrepreneurs have downloaded one of his template financial models for startups, and thousands have taken one of his classes about financial modeling for entrepreneurs through Venture for America and General Assembly.
Taylor Davidson was formerly the Director of kbs+ Ventures, the early-stage venture investment arm of the advertising agency kbs. In addition, he co-created and ran an internal educational program called kbs+ Ventures Fellows, which teaches kbs+ employees about venture capital and entrepreneurship. He co-curated the book Creative Entrepreneurship to share this eduational goal with anyone in the world.
He is also a professional photographer (@tdavidson on Instagram), focusing on business and event photography through his agency Narratively. Clients have included Clinton Global Initiative, The Economist, CNN, The Rockefeller Foundation, and many others (see: event portfolio). In his personal work, he focuses on landscapes and cityscapes and explores how humans create, shape, and live in their environment. Taylor has been noted in the past as one of the top travel photographers on the web, and has given talks and spoke on panels about photography for PDN, CEPIC, SXSW, VII, and more. He created the Photography Industry Landscape as a foundational map of the photography industry to use for strategic analysis and planning, and is active with many photography-related startups. He also writes the email newsletter Photo/Tech about the intersection of photography, technology, and business.
Whether about venture capital, entrepreneurship, or photography, Taylor has been featured or quoted in Fast Company, Fortune, AdAge, MIT Technology Review, Crain’s, Forbes, Wired, The Next Web, MediaPost, ClickZ, and more.
He loves creating things, traveling, baseball statistics, and whisky. The two most popular things he has ever written on the web are about how to fail in business and how to pack for a nomadic life, two things he would rather not be known for.
Taylor was born in Virginia, lived in the Bahamas and England when he was young, and graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in Economics and the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University with an MBA in Finance. New Orleans, LA owns a part of his soul, but he currently lives in New York, NY.
Even though life is better than email, the best way to contact me is at tdavidson [at] taylordavidson.com, or if urgent, text me at +1 646 770 0052.
For more information on Taylor’s investing activity, go to AngelList.