Ralph E. Taylor-Smith


Ralph E. Taylor-Smith has a background in engineering, technology development, finance and business management.

Taylor-Smith is Managing Director at GE Ventures, the venture capital investment unit of General Electric Corporation (GE), where he leads financial investments within the Advanced Manufacturing sector. Prior to being recruited to GE, Ralph spent a decade as a venture capitalist at Battelle Ventures as a Managing Director and Fund General Partner. At Battelle, Ralph led more than 15 venture deals, served on the Board of Directors for ten start-up tech Companies, and led several Merger/Acquisition financial exits.

Prior to venture capital, Taylor-Smith gained significant experience in investment banking, technology R&D and business development. He worked for several years as an Investment Banker on Wall Street at GoldmanSachs and at JPMorgan, focusing on Mergers/Acquisitions for the TMT (technology, media and telecom/data-com) industry. He began his career as a Senior Research Scientist, Engineer, and Business Development Manager in hardware, software and nanotech-enabled IT devices within the photonics and semiconductor microelectronics industry at Bell Labs, Lucent/Alcatel (now merged into Nokia) and AT&T.

Educated at Princeton University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), he holds a PhD in Engineering and an MBA in Finance.