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)
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

Simon Blakey

Simon Blakey

Chairman of the Investment Committee
Nick Telson

Nick Telson

Managing Partner
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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

Why we invested in Worldr

Our Investment In WorldrWorldr has raised $3m from Playfair and IQ Capital to protect remote conversations and launch an end-to-end encryption layer for Microsoft Teams.Worldr founders Dmitry Maskaliou and Max BuchanHow it all startedOur Managing Partner, Chris, first met Max and Dima, the two found…

What happens after you submit your pitch to Playfair? Part II

TL;DR As we wrote in our previous blog post, we value cold inbound highly at Playfair so thank you for submitting your pitch to us. We are also committed to transparency; giving founders visibility on the often opaque process after you click ‘submit’. This post is here to explain that process. You’r…

Female Founder Office Hours — Behind the Scenes

Female Founder Office Hours — Behind the ScenesLast month, Elise and I at Playfair Capital hosted Female Founder Office Hours Edition V alongside Tech Nation and Google for Startups. In this blog, we go behind the scenes on how the event went, the feedback we received and what’s happening next.We’re…

“8 Questions with Playfair” ft. Martin Sweeney @ Ravelin

This is the ninth in our “8 Questions” series — in which we sit down with founders in the Playfair portfolio who share their entrepreneurial journey.Martin Sweeney, Co-Founder and CEO of RavelinWe first invested in Ravelin in 2015. At the time, we were inspired by the experience and vision of the fo…

Lifting the lid: How the Playfair team got into Venture Capital

TL;DR We know that our industry can be somewhat opaque. So in this post, each member of the team reveals the story behind how they came to land their role at Playfair. We hope it will be helpful for anybody looking for a career in VC.Warning: this is a long post so grab a ☕ or 🍺 and settle inJoe (P…

Female Founder Office Hours Edition V: Meet the Investors Part III (ft.

Female Founder Office Hours Edition V: Meet the Investors Part III (ft. SFC Capital, Soho Ventures & Stride.VC)It’s official: Female Founder Office Hours Edition V in collaboration with Tech Nation and Google for Startups is well underway.With 90 investors signed up, this is our biggest event to…
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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 Simon Blakey.

  • 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.