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Taylor McLemore Managing Director Techstars Workforce Development Accelerator

On this episode of the Jason Cavness Experience I talk to Taylor McLemore Managing Director of Techstars Workforce Development Accelerator

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We talk about the following

The idea behind Codeable.

Patriot Boot Camp.

The business of Techstars.

When should a Founder stop?

The Workforce Podcast.

Accepting applications from non-profits to the next cohort.

Taylor’s Bio

Taylor is a venture builder, scale operator, community connector, and investor. He is the Managing Director of the Techstars Workforce Development Accelerator. He supports founders building companies that enable human potential through work, investing across edtech, labor market solutions, and the future of work. Taylor was appointed by Governor Jared Polis and confirmed by the Colorado State Senate as a Public Member of the Colorado Banking Board, serving the consumer protection mission of DORA for the $56Bn+ state banking system. Previously, he was Managing Director of Able, a venture and product studio. 

Taylor was responsible for Able’s new venture and investing practice and all finance, legal, operations, and human resources functions for three offices on two continents while the company achieved 15x+ growth. While at Able, he was a co-founder and investment lead for Codeable, a coding school in Latin America. Taylor is the Founder and a Board Director of Patriot Boot Camp, a nonprofit built in partnership with Techstars and Governor Jared Polis. Patriot Boot Camp programs have worked with more than 1,000 military veteran and military spouse entrepreneurs to build technology companies of impact and scale. These companies have raised more than $110 million in venture capital and created more than 2,000 jobs. Previously, Taylor co-founded and was CEO of Prediculous, a social gaming company that participated in the 2013 cohort of Techstars Boulder. 

Prior to that, Taylor worked in investment banking assisting in the arrangement of more than $12 billion in financing for leveraged buyouts, acquisitions, and other corporate transactions. Taylor worked as a Vice President at Bank of America analyzing the more than $500 million of annual real estate occupancy expense for the Global Operations Council. Also while at Bank of America, he worked on the MBNA, Countrywide, and Merrill Lynch merger integrations. 

Early in his career he was a venture capital analyst and hedge fund analyst. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Spanish, Phi Beta Kappa from Davidson College. During his undergraduate work, he studied at Universidad de San Lorenzo in Madrid, Spain. Taylor received the Kemp Scholar at Davidson College and studied the Adaptive Market Hypothesis and Efficient Market Hypothesis in Chile and Argentina. 

Techstars Workforce Development Accelerator Applications for Non-Profits

Information on applying as a non-profit and the application link is below. Application deadline is August 28.

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Taylor’s Advice

One thing that I've been really trying to embrace, it's actually one of the values of TechStars. Which is quality over quantity. I feel like we live in a world dominated by quantity. If it's a digital world, we could spin that up to a million people, or 100 million people. I really am excited to focus on things where you can start with how do I drive quality. Quality of experience in what I'm building for one user or one client? 

How do I think about how I'm spending my time instead of putting in a bunch of time and then am I thinking about the quality of it? Because in my experience, it's really hard to reverse engineer that after the fact. It's really hard to figure out quality after you've started. When you start with quality and you stay dedicated to quality. You can scale with quality. I've been thinking a lot about that. I would just share that idea for people to think about how it might apply to what they're doing in their lives and how they're investing their time. So hopefully that idea resonates.

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