Kim Taylor

Kim shares her thoughts on Dwight (and what to do on a date).

on Nov 20, 20120

Ethan tells me I need a technical co-founder. I do not look pleased and clearly will not be entering the World Series of Poker anytime soon.  According to prominent venture capitalist Dave McClure great start-ups should start with a hacker, a hustler, and a designer.
 
We never discuss what it is I want to build. San Francisco and Silicon Valley are engineering driven cultures where we glorify engineers and everyone must have a technical co-founder. The business I plan to build is based more upon curation and editorial, so I pass on this advice. NastyGal is a great example of start-up without a technical co-founder. They built a massive business that started simply as an eBay store in 2006 but they understood their demographic better than far more sophisticated start-ups around them. They still do.
 
"I understand how to make money."
 
This is a bit of an obnoxious comment. I do that. However something start-ups are often criticized for is creating apps and companies without a prayer of having a revenue model. My background was being the person responsible for revenue and making sure we are profitable, so I’m not planning on having that problem. Call me old school, but I was always taught that businesses are supposed to make money.
 
At the end of lunch I mention that it’s important to get a lot of advice. It’s also important to know when to throw some of that advice “out the f-cking window.” No one knows your vision and your business as well as you do. Trust your gut.
 
"Dwight went to Berkeley. His friends lived in trees. I'm easing him into society."

You’ll see me head to dinner with my close friend and entrepreneur, Dwight Crow, in Palo Alto. There are certain people you can always unapologetically be yourself around. He is that person for me. We are always a two person party.

7 comments
ValM.
ValM.

Kim think of families think outside the box... I live in FL, I have children, and I'm married.. I work in finance, CFO for a non Profit organization. My husband is an aspiring law enforcement officer. We would love to relocate our family. I look everywhere for city data have 10 million screens up and am always researching and looking for any type of guidance.... To have an app that I could put in my profession my children's ages out interests things like that... To have suggestions as to where we would live most comfortably give me stats from school grades to salary ranges to homes for sale and job openings that'd be awesome... It could eventually allow moving companies and realtors to market... The possibilities are endless.... Anyway there is my dream start up idea.... Mommy of 4... Workaholic wife lol :) I think you're awesome... Beautiful driven and talented!!! Good luck to you!! :)

anicolesevier
anicolesevier

I appreciate your candor and your confidence. Life as a woman is not just about being married and having babies! You have inspired me and I only continue to watch the show because you're on it!

aligoria
aligoria

First of all.you weren't told they had to bring in a grey haired MAN,  he said grey haired CRO. YOU extrapolated that to infer it had to be a MAN, I guess because you buy this whole "war on women" nonsense.  Secondly, if you were capable of doing the deal yourself after two WHOLE YEARS (lmfao) of working there then why didn't you? Nothing interesting to see watching a bunch of kids who's inflated view of themselves is just boring. 

Just_A_Viewer
Just_A_Viewer

I think you are a cool girl and a hard working person.  I can see that you will be very sucessful.  I also think that you are kind and sweet.  I think Dwight and you look cute together.  Both of you will be very success if you work together - build a company.  You have a lot of ideas and he is the one who is willing to implement and execute the ideas. 

modernista
modernista

You are an amazing role model for women. I like the way you are able to keep your cool when someone is telling you something you don't like, I'm referring to the scene with your boss. Smart, beautiful, avoid girly drama..... The world is your taking! Those gray haired men need to take a back seat.

awex
awex

I love seeing both sides of you: the "girly" side and the "geeky" side. You have your head on straight and deserve all the success in the world. 

judyann325
judyann325

kim, you're very bright and driven.  i hope your start-up dream comes to fruition soon.  you need to get some humility i think...you're too arrogant for your own good and turns people off.  i think you and dwight would be a hot couple.  he's such a techie...maybe if you combined your sales skills with his business model and yours too, you could launch two great new businesses!  the best to you!