Ian grew up in Raupunga and went to a Catholic boarding school in Masterton.
A former television presenter, Taylor founded Taylormade Media in 1989 as a television production company. The following year he established Animation Research Limited, which quickly became one of the top computer animation companies in New Zealand and known internationally for its work.
Ian was inducted into the New Zealand Technology Hall of Fame in 2009 and was named North & South Magazine’s 2010 New Zealander of the Year.
In 2012, he was appointed a Companion of The New Zealand Order of Merit for services to television and business.
In 2013, he was named Outstanding Maori Business Leader of the Year.
Taylor is married to Liz and they have two children.