Michael Taylor joined the Firm in 1998. He focuses on partnership investing, including both primary partnerships and portfolios of direct investments. Originally a member of the direct team, he later expanded his investment focus to include partnerships and direct portfolio acquisitions. He serves on the advisory boards of partnerships managed by Advent International, Arlington Capital Partners, Battery Ventures, Evercore Partners, Highland Capital Partners, KeyNote Ventures, Saints Capital, Stone Point Capital, Ventizz Capital Partners, and Vestar Capital Partners. Michael also serves or has served on the Board of Directors of AWS Convergence (Weatherbug), CCBN (acquired by Thomson Financial), and Kimo.com (acquired by Yahoo!). He joined HarbourVest after several years with Morgan Stanley's investment banking division where he was involved in both M&A and corporate finance. For eight years Michael served as a Lieutenant Commander with the United States Navy, as a Naval Aviator. He received a BS (with distinction) from the United States Naval Academy in 1986 and an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1995.