Up until last year, Everette Taylor’s career had been strictly in marketing—from a marketing assistant internship at age 14 to his most recent position of chief marketing officer at online art marketplace Artsy.
“Marketing kind of saved my life, in a lot of ways,” Taylor said. “It taught me a new skill set. It got me off the streets. It opened my world up to places I could never have imagined when I was living in Southside, Richmond.”
Last September, though, Taylor made the rare jump from CMO to CEO to take over the vacated role at crowdfunding platform Kickstarter. That career transition wasn’t a spontaneous decision, but part of a lifelong goal that Taylor had been working toward.