Dave Taylor received his BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1993. While in school, he created the IEEE CS National Programming Contest for which he was awarded both the Lifetime Entrepreneurial Award and the Student Leadership Award in Engineering.
Upon graduation, Taylor was hired by id Software to help program the iconic games Doom and Quake. He then funded, produced, and self-distributed the cult-classic side-scroller Abuse. After Abuse, he left to join processor start-up Transmeta, where he performed various roles including helping to debug the Crusoe processor and developing the IPO roadshow demo. The Transmeta IPO is still considered one of the most successful IPO's of all time, with a first-week market cap of well over $5B.
Several months after the IPO, Taylor left Transmeta for Los Angeles to do independent producing and consulting on a variety of projects, including Karateka, Band Together, Abuse Classic, Beakiez, Spy Kids, ER Critical Condition, RoboHordes, Igor, and Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth. He also teaches classes in game production.
He now resides in Santa Monica, California and stays busy with a variety of game, technology, and entertainment projects, including Band Together and an educational game for Two Bit Circus. Taylor sits on the Advisory Board to the President of The Academy of Art University.