As the founder of Monster.com, Jeff Taylor ’01 forever changed the way the world networks and builds careers. Recognized as an innovator and visionary in both internet and careers industries, Taylor reinvented the way the world looks for employment. His “monster idea,” conceived at the dawn of the World Wide Web, quickly became one of the first dot-com companies (and the 454th registered domain on the web). Today, the Monster global network has grown into the world’s leading online career site, consists of language sites in 30 countries, and serves nearly 30 million visitors monthly.
A restless big-picture entrepreneur, Taylor also tapped into the burgeoning generation of baby boomers. He harnessed the power of the Internet to launch Eons.com, an innovative media company that challenges boomers and seniors to live the biggest life possible, which was acquired by Crew Media in May 2011. Taylor’s other web properties include obituary website Tributes.com and dating service Meetcha.com. Most recently, he has joined investment company Bridgewater Associates in Westport, Connecticut, where he will manage their talent.
As an expert in technology, advertising, and human capital, Taylor zeroes in on what lies ahead, sensing economic upheaval, changing global employment, and the shift in doing business that Web 2.0 has created. Envisioning ways to capitalize on these evolving trends with technology and the power of human capital, Taylor taps into his experience to advise businesses on how they can break away from the competition by adopting a new mindset and getting in early with social networking.
Taylor is the co-author of the books Monster Careers: How to Land the Job of Your Life; Monster Careers: Interviewing: Master the Moment That Gets You the Job; and Monster Careers: Networking: Make the Connections That Make Your Career.
He serves on the board of advisors at the Berklee School of Music and is a board member of Boston's Citi Performing Arts Center/Wang Theatre. Also a dedicated advocate for young people, he is on the board of Year Up, where he acts as a mentor for high schoolers who don’t plan to go to college. He has also worked for years in a jungle village in Guatemala, where he sponsored and built a key road for the elementary school; built a first-of-its-kind computer center with 25 working computers; and personally funds four teachers, in addition to operating expenses.
Come meet Jeff Taylor on May 23 at the UMass Club in Boston where he will speak on "Fueling the Entrepreneurial Fire." Register today!