Tyler Rowe, principal at AEI HorizonX, is one of our top 50 Rising Stars in corporate venturing in 2023.

A man of varied interests – having worked in the music, movies and apparel industries and spent the better part of a year travelling Asia – Tyler Rowe joined AEI HorizonX when Boeing’s HorizonX unit was spun out to combine with AE Industrial Partners to form the new outfit. He was promoted to principal late last year.  

“Since being a part of the combined HorizonX team, he has led many of our transformative investments that include deep partnership with Boeing,” says Brian Schettler, head of AEI HorizonX.  

“He works collaboratively with our partners in Boeing to help bring the best of a strategic and financially oriented investment approach. The positive outcomes both on the portfolio company side and on the strategic partner side will be tremendous.” 

What we need to really do, as young professionals, is differentiate ourselves by how we treat people”

Partnerships and investments that Rowe has worked on include those with national security software provider Second Front Systems, supply chain resiliency platform Tidelift and air combat training system Red 6. The latter has partnered with Boeing to integrate augmented reality systems into aircraft.  

As information and intelligence become easier to come by with advances in information technology, the relationships between investors and their stakeholders become that much more important, says Rowe. “What we need to really do, as young professionals, is differentiate ourselves by how we treat people and be relationship driven,” he says. 

Rowe obtained his MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management and his BA from the University of Alabama.  

Some of the best advice for newcomers to CVC is not necessarily about negotiations or due diligence, but about being introspective. “I would tell people to simply try and be a little bit easier on themselves and trust that, if they stick to their own process in educating themselves and growing, it’ll all happen in time,” says Rowe. 

See the rest of our Top 50 Rising Stars here.

Fernando Moncada Rivera

Fernando Moncada Rivera is a reporter at Global Corporate Venturing and also host of the CVC Unplugged podcast.