I'm an investor, technologist and former scientist focused on creating solutions to the World's most challenging and substantive problems. I'm fascinated with data and intelligent systems.
To that end, I am currently active on a number of fronts including:
- Advisor to TwentyBN, a Berlin/Toronto-based company developing groundbreaking technology that allows machines to perceive the world like humans. Find out more here.
- Founder of The Research and Applied AI Summit, a leading community for entrepreneurs and researchers who accelerate the science and applications of artificial intelligence to solve the World's most important problems. Watch talks from the 2017 edition here.
- Organizer of London.AI, a popular product-focused AI meetup uniting academics, entrepreneurs and engineers.
I was previously a Partner at Playfair Capital, a London-based £20M venture firm investing in early-stage European and US technology companies. I was responsible for investments including Mapillary, Numerai, Ravelin, Thought Machine, Starship Technologies, Kalo, Trouva and Dojo. Playfair Capital became one of Europe's most active investors in data/AI-driven companies.
Prior to Playfair, I earned an M.Phil and Ph.D. in computational and experimental cancer research as a Gates and Dr. Herchel Smith Scholar at the University of Cambridge, and a BA in biology from Williams College. I've published research that leverages both experimental and computational approaches to understand how we might stem the fatal spread of cancer around the body.
Curious to learn more about my path from academia into technology investing? Read my story here.
I also tweet sometimes from @nathanbenaich.