Ralph Taylor-Smith, Managing Director at GE Ventures

Ralph Taylor-Smith is the Managing Director at GE Ventures, the venture capital investment unit of General Electric.

Ralph has a background in engineering, technology development, finance and business management.

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

Before GE, Ralph had been a venture capitalist for ten years at Battelle Ventures where he was General Partner.

Prior to venture capital, Ralph gained significant experience in investment banking, technology R&D and business development.

Previously, Ralph 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.

Prior to that, Ralph worked as a Senior Research Scientist, Engineer, and Business Development Manager within the photonics and semiconductor microelectronics industry at Bell Labs, AT&T and Alcatel-Lucent (now merged into Nokia).

Design for Manufacturing Summit #25

London

3 to 9 pm

Keynotes, panels, networking

More updates soon...

Registration opens soon

What are Design for Manufacturing Summits?

80 percent of manufacturing costs are determined in the first 20 percent of the product design process. Design has the key to take cost and waste out of manufacturing.

Design for Manufacturing Summits bring together product developers, industrial designers, engineers, makers and manufacturers for a more decentralized, leaner manufacturing ecosystem.

Who attends DFM Summits?

Industrial designers, product developers, makers, engineers, manufacturers. Representatives of the following organizations have participated in our semi-annual summits:

Material ConneXion
Shapeways
RockPaperrobot
Tangent Ventures
Sparklabs
Macro Sea
Cornell University
Langoliers Jewelry
New York Investment Fund
Geomagic
Gartner
Tactonic Technologies
Makesimp.ly
Columbia University
McLaren Engineering Group
Pratt Center
NY Designs
Fallon Community Health
Charles River Ventures
Brooklyn Custom Metal Fabrication
Selux
Brookyn Wharf
Aras
CBS Interactive
NYU
NRI
Wiley Publishers
PTC
IronCAD
Autodesk
Parsons School of Design
Kimber Mfg
ITAC
SpaceClaim
Sparkfun Electronics
R/GA
New York Life
Zahn Center
GrabCAD
Fabricating.com
Hutzler Home Products
Accenture
IDSA
Peripteral Design
Maine Fablab
KBS+
Panoptic Online Marketing
Design Compendium
USPTO
Holstee
Gordon Randall Perry Design
NYCEDC
Shisa Labs
intrinSIM
Lampa
New Balance
ShopBot Tools
TechShop
Francis Bitonti Studio
Macy's
MakerBot
ECCO Design
Breadbox Studio
Firstmark Capital
Heisel
NAGRA
MCE Consultants
OgilvyOne
Terrapin Bright Green
Reshoring Initiative
Core77
Dassault Systemes
Adafruit Industries
Dynamo Development Lab
Pensa
Dynotex
Citibank
Meridian Design Associates
Maker Faire Africa
Architectural Grille
Deutsche Bank
Syracuse University
Bolt
Knovel

Pricing and refund policy

We try to keep prices fair and affordable for different groups within the design and manufacturing communities. Ticket sales cover our costs. Design for Manufacturing Forum is a bootstrapped project.

There are discount codes out there for students and startups. You are welcome to take advantage of them if you come across them, but we can not apply discounts on already bought tickets.

We will refund tickets if an event is cancelled or moved - which should never happen. Otherwise tickets are non-refundable.

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