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Kevin Taylor

Advisor Greater Chicago Area, US

Startup Advisor; Itinerant CTO; Investor

Startup Advisor; Itinerant CTO; Investor

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3 vouches

Involved In

Founder

Obtiva Corporation

Advisor

Partners for Achievement
Earlybird
NCSA
VentureShot
Lean Startup Machine Chicago
various
Urbanbound
Big Astronaut
MadMimi
DePaul University School of CDM
Junto Institute
EO Entrepreneurs Organization
Startup Weekend Chicago
DevMynd
Various

Positions

Startup Advisor and Investor Various January 2012 - present
CTO, Board Manager, Investor Partners for Achievement July 2012 - present
Software Craftsman, Entrepreneur Eventwax May 2009 - August 2015
Lecturer DePaul University October 2010 - May 2014
Director of Talent Development Groupon August 2011 - August 2012
Founder and CEO Obtiva Corporation August 2005 - August 2011
Vice President Chicago Java Users Group January 2005 - August 2009
Senior Developer Pampered Chef, Ltd. October 2001 - October 2005
Java Consultant WidePoint July 2000 - October 2001
Software Engineer Honesty.com May 2000 - July 2000
Futures/Options Trader JFJ Traders May 1997 - January 2000
Assistant Trader Howe Barnes Investments May 1996 - May 1997
Web Developer Self-Employed October 1994 - May 1997
Sonar Technician Submarines US Navy August 1987 - October 1991

Education

DePaul University Economics 1994 - 1997

Interested In

Markets of Interest
  • • Cloud Services
  • • Commerce
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Education
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Games
  • • Green
  • • Local
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Recruiting
  • • Robotics
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Social Impact
  • • Transportation
  • • Travel
  • • Edutainment
  • • In-classroom learning (K-12)
  • • Lifelong Learning (outside of school)
  • • Teacher training
  • • Youth Leadership
  • • Higher Education

You Should Know About Me

Key Accomplishments

Not completed yet

How I like to work with people
As an Advisor

I offer three different ways to engage with startups or consultancies:
1. Consultant (paid): I act as a mentor to the C-Suite and an expert resource.
2. Advisor (equity): I provide regularly scheduled high-level guidance and access to my connections.
3. CTO or COO for hire (paid): I take on a part-time operational role in your startup or consultancy while building the systems and competencies needed for me to be replaced.

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Vouches Received

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Vouches Given

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Jason Jacobsohn
We worked together  •  Business Advisor, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative, City Colleges of Chicago and Director, The Founder Institute.
Kevin is a big supporter of the Chicago entrepreneur ecosystem. He has been a great mentor for the Founder Institute in Chicago. He provides ... real world and practical guidance that assists entrepreneurs in moving their businesses forward.
Carl Erickson
They're my mentor  •  Member, Director, Grand Angels. Michigan State grad. Purdue grad.
Insightful, ethical, smart and experienced.
Lance Ennen
President of BYENNEN
Amazing resource for anyone trying to build a software development team, or launch a software business! Kevin has a proven track record. I w ... as luckily enough to learn from Kevin early in my career at Obtiva.

Lance Ennen
President of BYENNEN
I've worked with Lance for many years via several different companies and he is a passionate technologist and entrepreneur who I knew always ... had my back. He's the guy you want standing next to you on your challenging projects.