Top 50 Rising Stars 2022 (in alphabetical order by CVC unit): Jack Taylor and Mike Devlin, principals, Touchdown Ventures
Jack Taylor, principal at Touchdown Ventures, joined in 2017 as senior associate and focuses on investments in the internet of things and physical security areas.
He previously spent two years as president at the InSite Fellowship, following short stints at Personal Capital, Laconia Capital Group, Future Angels and Virgil Capital.
Touchdown Ventures’ co-founder and chief executive David Horowitz said of Taylor: “Jack helped launch and manage our Allegion Ventures fund four years ago. He is now the lead on that fund, having been promoted to principal a few years ago. Jack is extremely hard-working, has terrific deal instincts and judgment and is extremely passionate about venture capital.
“His skills in finding deals, performing diligence, interacting with entrepreneurs, working with our corporate partner and managing our investments has helped build a strong portfolio, both strategically and financially, for Allegion Ventures.”
Mike Devlin, on the other hand, joined Touchdown as a senior associate before being promoted principal in April 2021. He invests in the enterprise software-as-a-service space relevant to the future of the knowledge worker and professional services.
Before that, he was president and fellow at InSite between 2017 and 2019, prior to which he worked at Sixpoint Partners and Citi as investment banking associate and corporate & investment banking analyst.
Horowitz said: “Mike Devlin embodies some of the best values of our firm – low ego, team-orientation, accountability, work ethic.
“Since joining the firm full-time in 2019, he has had an indelible impact on the firm’s investing and internal development activities. From an investing lens, Mike has helped champion and close more than a dozen new investments across several categories; ranging from the future of professional services, to telecom, to infrastructure.”