Our Team

Ralph E. Taylor-Smith

Managing Director, Princeton/Washington, D.C.

Ralph Taylor-Smith

Ralph is the Founder and Managing Director of ETS Strategic Capital, he also serves as Chief Investment Officer (CIO) for the unit. Previously, Ralph was Managing Director at GE Ventures (the investment unit of General Electric® Corp.) and before that, he was General Partner and Managing Director at Battelle Ventures (the investment unit of the Battelle Corporation – Battelle Memorial Institute). He initiated his tech-finance career on Wall Street in New York, working in Investment Banking at GoldmanSachs® and at JPMorgan®, focusing on Mergers & Acquisitions and IPOs for technology companies.

Ralph was trained in Engineering and Finance at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Princeton University and holds a Ph.D. in Engineering (Chemical & Biological Engineering Focus) and an MBA in Finance (Corporate Finance & Strategic Planning Focus).

Janet Choi

Principal, San Francisco

Janet Choi

Prior to joining ETS Strategic Capital, Janet was Vice President at JPMorgan® (San Francisco) and Barclays® (New York City), where she executed strategic M&A, leveraged buyout, equity capital raise and debt financing for the Technology, Media and Telecom companies spanning across different growth stages and geographies. Prior to her move to the United States, Janet has worked in management consulting and finance in Seoul, Korea, for five years.

Janet received an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management and a B.A. from Korea University.

Jeff Jaekle

Principal, Princeton

Jeff Jaekle

Prior to joining ETS Strategic Capital, Jeff was a Vice President at the boutique investment bank, Berkery Noyes, focused on education technology and health care technology M&A and growth equity investments. Jeff started his career as a management consultant working within the department of defense and intelligence community for Northrop Grumman and Scitor Corporation a boutique consulting firm. After business school Jeff then worked as a management consultant for Deloitte® focused on strategy and corporate finance engagements within the technology, consumer products and financial services sectors.

Jeff received MSc in Finance from Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School and a B.A. in economics from the College of William and Mary.

Nick Marwaha

Principal, Princeton/Washington, D.C.

Nick Marwaha

Prior to joining ETS Strategic Capital, Nick was Vice President at Houlihan Lokey (Washington, D.C.) and Wells Fargo® Securities (Washington, D.C. / New York City / Charlotte), where he executed strategic M&A transactions spanning across multiple different sectors. Prior to graduate school, Nick worked in trading technology.

Nick received an MBA from Georgetown's McDonough School of Business and a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

Ahmed Kohsar

Associate, Princeton

Ahmed Kohsar

Prior to joining ETS Strategic Capital, Ahmed had six years of investment banking experience. He was at JPMorgan covering various sectors with focus on government services, biotech and chemical industry. Ahmed's prior experiences encompass responsibilities focused on providing execution and M&A advisory services.

Ahmed is fluent in Farsi with conversational understanding of Urdu. Ahmed was educated at Seton Hall University where he earned a B.S. in Business Administration.

Tim Zhao

Associate, San Francisco

Tim Zhao

Prior to joining ETS Strategic Capital, Tim had 5+ years professional investment experience across corporate VC and Equity investments.

Tim's prior experience includes Strategic Investment associate at JD.com's Mountain View office, Junior Analyst at SRS Investment Management, a New York City-based hedge fund, where he conducted fundamental research on public traded companies in Chinese internet and technology sectors. He previously also worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers® in China.

He received an MBA from NYU's Stern School of Business and a B.S. in Finance from University of Southern California.

Tim is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese.