Everette Taylor (born June 23, 1989) is an American business executive. He has been the CEO of Kickstarter since September 2022, and was CMO of Artsy, and founder of ET Enterprises which includes the marketing firm MiliSense, social media software company PopSocial, ArtX and GrowthHackers.[1][2]

Everette Taylor
Taylor in 2016
Born (1989-06-23) June 23, 1989 (age 34)
Alma materVirginia Tech
OccupationBusiness executive
Websitewww.everettetaylor.com

Early life

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Taylor was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. He attended Virginia Polytechnic University after overcoming homelessness in high school.[3]

Career

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At the age of 19, Taylor started an event marketing software company, which was sold two years later. After dropping out of college, he became the VP of marketing at the software company Qualaroo, a behavioral insight survey software, which was later acquired by Xenon Ventures in 2014. While at Qualaroo[where?], together with Sean Ellis, Taylor started GrowthHackers,[4] which is an online growth hacking community and software as a service (SaaS).

Taylor launched the clothing line Unity Over Self with NFL athlete Brandian Ross in 2013, to raise money for children with autism.[5]

Taylor founded ET Enterprises in 2018.[6]

In 2018, he partnered with actress Zoe Saldana,[7] to launch the media platform BESE[8] and the drug and alcohol addiction prevention app Hayver.[9]

In September 2022, he was appointed as CEO of Kickstarter.[10]

Recognition

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Black Enterprise Magazine named Taylor "Social Media Influencer of the Year" in 2016.[11]

The Root included Taylor in their Root 100 list of the most influential African Americans in 2017.[12]

In 2017, he was named a brand ambassador for NASA's Technology Transfer Program to advocate for the commercialization of NASA technologies and introduce NASA's technology portfolio to his network.[13]

In 2018, he made the Forbes 30 under 30 list for his work in marketing and advertising with PopSocial.[14]

Personal life

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He supports diversity and gender equality initiatives such as CODE2040, Wonder Women Tech, and Black Girls Code.[15]

References

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  1. ^ Frimpong, Kofi (2017-04-26). "Interview With Everette Taylor, VP of Marketing at Skurt and Serial Entrepreneur". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2019-01-10.
  2. ^ Staff, VoyageLA (18 September 2018). "Meet Everette Taylor of ET Enterprises in Downtown LA - Voyage LA Magazine | LA City Guide". Retrieved 2019-01-19.
  3. ^ "Everette Taylor – How a 17-year-old who was homeless in High School rose to become the Chief Marketing Officer at Skurt". Breaking Into Startups. 23 March 2017. Retrieved 2018-05-27.
  4. ^ "Marketing Maven Everette Taylor on the Best Strategies for Startups". Fortune Magazine. 2016-03-16. Retrieved 2018-06-01.
  5. ^ "Failure Is An Option And Other Advice From Millennial Marketing Genius Everette Taylor". Forbes. 2015-09-13. Retrieved 2018-05-29.
  6. ^ Staff, VoyageLA (18 September 2018). "Meet Everette Taylor of ET Enterprises in Downtown LA - Voyage LA Magazine | LA City Guide". Retrieved 2019-01-19.
  7. ^ "Zoe Saldana Is Launching BESE Media Brand to Inspire Generation Z and Latinx Audiences". US Magazine. 2018-02-28. Retrieved 2018-06-02.
  8. ^ "Everette Taylor". Philly Tech Week. Retrieved 2018-06-02.
  9. ^ "Alpha Phi Alpha's Everette Taylor Opens Up About Building Four Million-Dollar Companies Before 28". Watch the Yard. 3 April 2018. Retrieved 2018-06-02.
  10. ^ Spangler, Todd (28 September 2022). "Kickstarter Hires Everette Taylor, Formerly Artsy CMO, as CEO". Yahoo News. Retrieved 28 September 2022.
  11. ^ "@Everette Taylor, CMO of SKURT, receives 2016 @blackenterprise Social Influencer of the Year Award. #TECHCNXT". DT Dingle of Black Enterprise. Retrieved 2018-07-12.
  12. ^ "The Root 100 2017". The Root. Retrieved 2018-07-05.
  13. ^ "NASA's Technology Transfer Program Announces New Brand Ambassador, Everette Taylor". NASA Official Website. Retrieved 2018-07-12.
  14. ^ "Everette Taylor, 28". Forbes. Retrieved 2019-01-19.
  15. ^ "Championing Change From Inside Silicon Valley". Huffington Post. 2015-06-30. Retrieved 2018-05-29.