Playfair Capital

Playfair Capital is an early stage investment fund founded in 2011 by Federico Pirzio-Biroli. From our London headquarters, we invest in both consumer and enterprise technology-driven startups around the world driven by founders with the passion and capacity to disrupt a burgeoning market on a global scale. We’ve backed companies across the UK, Europe, the US, and Africa. We invest on a level playing field to our entrepreneurs, and provide them with the financial, operational, and strategic support required to realise their bold visions for the world. We also operate a co-working space in London, Warner Yard, which is home to a dozen early stage technology startups, the London outpost of the Techstars accelerator, and a collaborative Angel and institutional investor floor.
HQLondon, GB
Size (employees)7 (est)
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Playfair Capital was founded in 2011 and is headquartered in London, GB

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Key People/Management at Playfair Capital

Chris Smith

Chris Smith

Managing Partner
Joe Thornton

Joe Thornton

Federico Pirzio-Biroli

Federico Pirzio-Biroli

Founding Partner & Chairman
Simon Blakey

Simon Blakey

Chairman of the Investment Committee
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Playfair Capital Office Locations

Playfair Capital has an office in London
London, GB (HQ)
8 Warner Yard
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Playfair Capital News and Updates

Playfair Capital, the U.K.-based seed firm, announces $32M second fund

Playfair Capital, the U.K. seed investor, has raised a new $32 million fund to continue investing in promising early-stage tech startups. The VC firm, founded by in 2013 by Federico Pirzio-Biroli, who is fund II’s sole LP, is an early investor in the likes of Stripe, Ravelin, Thought Machine, Crypto…

Playfair Capital Online and Social Media Presence

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Playfair Capital Blogs

A rookie’s guide to creating a podcast

An article in 2018 showed that there were over 525,000 active shows and 18.5 million+ episodes which jumped to 1,750,000 shows and 43 million+ episodes as of January 2021. It seems podcasting may be the new ‘thing’. And it’s easy to understand why: they’re portable, educational but entertaining, fre…

“8 Questions with Playfair” ft. Sai Ranganathan @ SensorFlow

This is the eighth in our “8 Questions” series — in which we sit down with founders in the Playfair portfolio to share their entrepreneurial journey.We first invested in Sai and Max back in 2018. We were inspired by their vision to massively reduce energy consumption in commercial buildings; an annu…

The Playfair Wellness Programme Part II

TL;DR: A year ago, we kickstarted our partnership with Heka, giving Playfair founders access to over 3,000 health experiences to encourage healthy body and mind.This month marks the 1 year anniversary of our partnership with Heka.Heka is a health programme offering thousands of benefits across three…

Turning up the heat on VC cold inbound

Turning up the heat on VC cold inbound pitch formsTL;DR: Some VCs don’t value cold inbound; we do. Not only should it be a crucial part of the ecosystem’s access and inclusion efforts, but it strengthens dealflow too. Win-win.Photo by Viktor Forgacs on UnsplashWhy?How many VC firms talk about access…

Our Investment In Continuum Industries

TL;DR Using AI to help design linear infrastructure is a multi-billion dollar global opportunity and Grzegorz, Matt, Adam and Emil are incredibly well placed to build the category-leading company in this space.How it all startedIt was in the summer of 2019. I was booked to attend Turing Fest in the …

Ten highlights from 2020

TL;DR 2020 😱 What a strange year. Despite the challenges, I am overwhelmed with a sense of feeling incredibly fortunate that we have been able to continue investing, supporting our founders and building the firm. It’s tricky to sum up the past 12 months into just ten highlights, but here they are!#…
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Playfair Capital Frequently Asked Questions

  • When was Playfair Capital founded?

    Playfair Capital was founded in 2011.

  • Who are Playfair Capital key executives?

    Playfair Capital's key executives are Chris Smith, Joe Thornton and Federico Pirzio-Biroli.

  • How many employees does Playfair Capital have?

    Playfair Capital has 7 employees.

  • Where is Playfair Capital headquarters?

    Playfair Capital headquarters is located at 8 Warner Yard, London.

  • Where are Playfair Capital offices?

    Playfair Capital has an office in London.

  • How many offices does Playfair Capital have?

    Playfair Capital has 1 office.