Taylor Barada

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Taylor Barada
Personal information
Full name Taylor A. Barada[1]
Date of birth (1972-08-14) August 14, 1972 (age 49)[1]
Place of birth Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S.[1]
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[2]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1993 Virginia Cavaliers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994 Notts County 0 (0)
1994 Colchester United 1 (0)
Richmond Kickers
Total 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

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Taylor A. Barada (born August 14, 1972) is an American businessman and former soccer player who is currently the head of mergers and acquisitions at Adobe.

Soccer career[edit]

Born in Charlottesville, Virginia, Barada began his soccer career at the University of Virginia with the Virginia Cavaliers soccer team. He was a member of the team that won the NCAA Championship in four consecutive years between 1991 and 1994 under future US national team coach Bruce Arena.[1] He achieved this while studying for a B.A. in History and Foreign Affairs.[3]

Barada joined English club Notts County in 1994 under non-contract conditions, but failed to make an appearance, prior to signing temporarily for Colchester United where he made one appearance.[4] He played in goal for Colchester in a Third Division match against Doncaster Rovers with Barada conceding a goal in the 43rd minute. However, Colchester scored three goals in the space of four second-half minutes to win 3–1 on April 30, 1994.[5]

Following his solitary appearance for Colchester, Barada returned to the US to play for Richmond Kickers.[1]

Business career[edit]

Barada worked as an investor, consultant and operator at Rosewood Capital, Bain & Company and Peregrine Systems prior to joining Yahoo! in mergers and acquisitions in December 2010. He was offered a more lucrative offer to work for San Francisco-based online gaming company Zynga in April 2011.[3] He used to bevice president at Zynga. He currently works at Adobe as Vice President.[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Colchester United – Player profile". Coludata.co.uk. Archived from the original on May 19, 2012. Retrieved March 18, 2013.
  2. Whitehead, Jeff; Drury, Kevin (2008). The Who's Who of Colchester United: The Layer Road Years. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 20. ISBN 978-1-85983-629-3. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Yahoo M&A Head Taylor Barada to Zynga". All Things D. Retrieved March 18, 2013.
  4. "COLCHESTER UNITED:1950/51-1989/90 & 1992/93-2011/12". Post War English & Scottish Football League A – Z Player's Database. Retrieved March 18, 2013.
  5. "Colchester United – Match details". Coludata.co.uk. Archived from the original on August 28, 2012. Retrieved March 18, 2013.
  6. "Zynga Inc – Company Profile by Insideview". Insideview. Retrieved March 18, 2013.

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