Kevin Taylor is a coder turned entrepreneur who lives in the Chicagoland area, where he makes things out of words, bytes or flour, depending on his mood.
Kevin has suffered from a lifelong obsession with entrepreneurship and is an angel investor and advisor for early-stage start-ups. He has a current interest in brick-and-mortar or other old-school business models that are ripe to receive exponential boosts by leveraging technology.
He consults on how to start up and successfully grow professional services businesses, such as software development, web design, headhunting and recruiting, etc. He also works as CTO-for-Hire to help startups without technical co-founders successfully get their product development off the ground.
Former Co-Owner of EventWax, LLC, an online event registration company.
Former Lecturer in Technology Entrepreneurship at DePaul University, where he designed and taught courses for both undergraduate and graduate students.
Former Director of Engineering at Groupon.
Former President and Founder of Obtiva Corporation, an Agile and Ruby on Rails development shop acquired by Groupon in 2011.
Co-Founder of the Software Craftsmanship North America conference.
Early promoter and adherent to Software Craftsmanship values and practices and practitioner, trainer, and coach in the areas of Agile Project Management, Extreme Programming, and software development.