Point Nine Capital, a Berlin, Germany-based early stage venture capital firm, appointed Nathan Benaich as a venture partner.
The addition of Benaich aims to enhance the firm’s focus on Artificial Intelligence via an an experienced investor and renowned AI expert.
He comes from Playfair Capital, where he led investments in companies such as Mapillary, Ravelin, Numerai, and Thought Machine, which leverage data and intelligent systems at their core. He will become its third Venture Partner, along with Janis Zech and Kolja Hebenstreit.
In the field, Point Nine Capital has already made investments in several companies including Candis, inFakt, Remerge, and CallDesk, to name a few of them.
Benaich started his career as a scientist at the intersection of computational and experimental cancer biology. After submitting his PhD in 2013, he transitioned into venture capital to focus on investing into the emerging category of data-driven startups. Over four years, this led to investments into close to two dozen companies. He set up the Research and Applied AI Summit in 2015 and co-runs London.AI, which are communities for entrepreneurs and researchers who accelerate the science and applications of AI technology.
Benaich is an advisor at TwentyBN, a video understanding company, and is the author of a newsletter analyzing AI technology, research and startups.
According to a blog post by Point Nine, Nathan is building a new venture firm focused on companies driven by data and intelligent systems but the firm (led by Pawel Chudzinski, Christoph Janz and Rodrigo Martinez) hopes he will not leave.