Moving on from kbs Ventures

After a great three years at kbs+ Ventures, the time has come for me to move on. I’m excited to announce that I recently resigned to pursue new endeavors.
BY Taylor Davidson | July 7th, 2014

After a great three years at kbs+ Ventures, the time has come for me to move on. I’m excited to announce that I recently resigned to pursue new endeavors.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at kbs and MDC Partners for providing the support, encouragement, and dedication to entrepreneurship and innovation that made it possible for kbs+ Ventures to thrive. Over the past three years, we invested in 11 companies, created a book about entrepreneurship, and launched an educational program about entrepreneurship and innovation. I met, advised, and worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs (and here’s their feedback). Additionally, it was a great privilege to teach at Venture for America, Carnegie Mellon, SVA, and General Assembly, and work with accelerators and coworking institutions, including TechStars, ERA, Launch Pad, The Brandery, WeWork, and more. I was a judge at a number of business plan competitions (Rice, Tulane, Women 2.0 and others), spoke at multiple conferences (the Digiday Programmatic Summit and Startup Iceland, amongst others), and was written about in leading print and online publications including Fast Company, AdAge, Fortune, Forbes, Wired, Digiday, and AdExchanger.

I’d also like to express my gratitude to Darren Herman, who first brought me on to help build kbs+ Ventures, and also to Miles Nadal and MDC Partners for their guidance and support. Thank you to the kbs+ Ventures Fellows past and present for their insights and passion for entrepreneurship.

To the founders in the kbs+ portfolio, thank you for the privilege of working with you, and I’m looking forward continuing to support you. It’s an honor to be a part of the New York tech community.

So, what’s next? I’m going to take a nice long summer vacation, travel with my family, and continue to work on projects that matter to me. I’m continuing a number of conversations about the next big step in my professional career. I’m excited to explore ways to work with smart people on smart ideas and will be making an announcement in the fall on where I land.

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