Chris Smith

Managing Partner

Chris Smith is Managing Partner at Playfair Capital, a Kauffman Fellow (Class 25), and a Contributor to Forbes who helped found our 2019 D&I initiative - Female Founder Office Hours (FFOH).


He focuses his investing activities on seed (and pre-seed) deals in the UK, Europe and Israel. Chris is particularly interested in autonomous transportation, business and industrial automation (especially through AI, ML and computer vision), HealthTech (except diagnostics and therapeutics) and B2B SaaS. He loves finding companies operating in unloved/overlooked sectors that are ripe for disruption.


When not working, you’ll find Chris kayaking on the Thames with his wife, watching rugby or traveling and eating (ideally at the same time).

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