Taylor Davidson is an entrepreneur, technology writer, and professional photographer. He helps entrepreneurs build innovative ideas into remarkable companies, working with consumer and enterprise businesses in digital media, imagery, mobile, and communications.
Taylor is the founder of Foresight which helps entrepreneurs use financial models for business decisions through his template financial models for startups and strategic advisory services for Seed and A funded startups. Over 17,500 entrepreneurs have downloaded one of his financial model templates for startups or investors or taken his email course about financial modeling. He has lectured at Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia University, School of Visual Arts (SVA), General Assembly, and numerous startup accelerators in the USA and abroad.
He has invested and advised a number of early-stage startups throughout his career as a venture capitalist, consultant, advisor, and mentor. Taylor 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 taught kbs+ employees about venture capital and entrepreneurship. He co-curated the book Creative Entrepreneurship to share this educational goal with anyone in the world.
He was formerly an Investor-in-Residence at Venture for America, a nonprofit program that places recent college grads with startups in emerging cities, helping build businesses, create jobs, and make an impact (more details here). He assisted in running VFA’s first accelerator for Fellow-founded startups and helps Fellows navigate the process of building an idea into a funded company.
He is also a professional photographer, focusing on outdoor and adventure, social impact, and business and event photography. Clients have included Clinton Global Initiative, The Economist, CNN, The Rockefeller Foundation, and many others. 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, Photo Hack Day, and more. He created the Photography Industry Landscape in 2014 as a foundational map of the imagery industry to use for strategic analysis and planning, and is active with many photography-related startups. He is @tdavidson on Instagram.
Whether about venture capital, entrepreneurship, or photography, Taylor has been featured or quoted in Fast Company, Time, Fortune, AdAge, MIT Technology Review, Crain’s, Forbes, Wired, Nieman Lab, The Next Web, MediaPost, Canvas8, and more. Find all press here.
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. He has previously lived in New York, NY, New Orleans, LA, London, UK, Chicago, IL and many other places, and he currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA.