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Many founders “start-up,” but very few actually manage to “scale-up” to the reach the highest heights of their entrepreneurial dreams. This session – led by Silicon Valley-based mentor and investor Allen Taylor – will focus on why those entrepreneurs that truly scale are the ones that really matter to any start-up ecosystem, and how to become one! Relevant for founders, investors, and really anyone interested in how to truly “scale-up,” this session will cover tips and tricks learned over the last 20 years by Endeavor (www.endeavor.org) – a global organization helping founders “scale-up” in more than 60 cities across the globe.
Based in San Francisco, Allen leads Endeavor’s efforts to connect its portfolio of 1,000+ high-growth companies with Silicon Valley-based mentors and investors. Since joining Endeavor in 2006, Allen has facilitated thousands of mentoring connections, and helped Endeavor companies raise more than $1B+ in equity capital.
Allen also serves as the Managing Director of Endeavor Catalyst, an innovative co-investment vehicle through which Endeavor can invest into its portfolio companies. Launched in 2012, Endeavor Catalyst has raised more than $115M+ across two funds and made 80+ investments to date in 20 different countries across the US, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. Investments include Globant (NYSE:GLOB) in Argentina, Yemeksepeti.com (acq’d Delivery Hero $589M, 2015) in Turkey and Cornershop (acq’d Walmart $225M, 2018).
A native Californian and travel enthusiast, Allen has studied, worked and traveled in over 75 countries. A graduate of Princeton University, he has been recognized as a Fulbright Scholar and a Kauffman Fellow. He is married and lives in Woodside, California.
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