Fellows Directory

Chris Smith

Playfair Capital

Chris is Managing Partner at Playfair Capital, an early stage VC based in London. He has led investments in the UK and Israel, and sits on the boards of Sightec, Thought Machine, Ravelin Technology, uMed, Vinehealth, Orca AI, Continuum Industries and Aerocloud.

From 2008 to 2018, Chris executed 14 angel investments, with three exits to date - Nearbuy Systems (acquired by RetailNext), MoPowered (LON:MPM) and Bidstack (LON:BIDS).

Prior to joining Playfair, Chris held senior roles at plan.com including Sales Director, Head of Tech/BI and Head of Product Development. In his previous life, Chris spent nearly a decade in the City of London (and briefly in Silicon Valley) as a transactional lawyer in the private equity team at Weil and the corporate team at Olswang.

At university, he was the founder of a telecoms business offering discounted international calling from 14 countries which he partially exited via an MBO in 2005.

Education, Personal, and Fellowship

Chris studied at University College, London and qualified as a Solicitor in England and Wales.

He is passionate about improving diversity in VC, loves writing (for the Playfair capital blog and Forbes) and enjoys watching (but no longer playing) rugby union.

As a member of Class 25, Chris is serving his fellowship at Playfair Capital under the mentorship of Itxaso del Palacio.