Entrepreneur | Co-Founder, Fast Company | Bestselling Author
Bill Taylor shows business leaders a path forward from now to what’s next in a world filled with non-stop disruption. A spirited and hard-charging entrepreneur, Taylor co-founded Fast Company, easily the most influential magazine on business and innovation in the last two decades. Highlighting leaders and companies that are upending their organizations and industries is Taylor’s passion — and he had a front-row seat. Today, Taylor continues to inspire a generation of executives and company-builders to think differently about leadership, change, culture, and the new world of work.
Taylor is the bestselling author of three books, with his latest Simply Brilliant: How Great Organizations Do Ordinary Things in Extraordinary Ways offering strategies on how to unleash breakthrough creativity and cutting-edge performance in even the most competitive, hard-to-change fields. It was named “Best Strategy and Leadership Book of 2016” by 800CEORead. Taylor also writes regularly for the Harvard Business Review.
Taylor’s three books are just the latest chapter in a career devoted to challenging conventional wisdom and showcasing the power of business at its best. At Fast Company, he launched a magazine that has won just about every award there is to win in the magazine world, from “Startup of the Year” to “Magazine of the Year” to three National Magazine Awards. In recognition, Taylor was named “Champion of Workplace Learning and Performance” by the American Society of Training and Development. Past winners include Jack Welch of GE and Fred Smith of FedEx.
In addition to writing, Taylor is passionate about speaking — bringing audiences ground-breaking new ideas and techniques to compete, innovate, and succeed. In a business environment where ordinary is not an option, he is a natural storyteller who inspires people to avoid the experience trap and not allow what they know to limit what they can imagine about the future.
Taylor is a graduate of Princeton University and the MIT Sloan School of Management.