Chris Smith from Playfair Capital is featured in EUVC #14

**Title**: Chris Smith: The Passionate VC Investing in Deep Tech Startups | The European VC Podcast


Join us in this episode of The European VC Podcast as we sit down with Chris Smith, managing partner at Playfair Capital, a venture capital firm focused on seed and pre-seed deals in the UK, Europe, and Israel. Chris’s expertise lies in the areas of autonomous transportation, business and industrial automation, HealthTech, and B2B SaaS. He is particularly drawn to companies operating in unloved/overlooked sectors that are ripe for disruption.

In this interview, Chris shares valuable insights on various topics, including the impact of being a 1-LP fund, winning strategies for VCs and founders in the current bull market, the resilience of globally distributed teams, the post-COVID effects on deal sourcing strategy and VC operations, and PlayFair’s value-add approach as a hands-on pre-seed and seed investor.

Keywords/Tags: capital, entrepreneurship, investing, preseed, seed, startups, vc, venture

– 00:00-03:12 Introduction to The European VC Podcast and Playfair Capital
– 03:13-07:45 Chris Smith’s passion for deep tech and diverse investments
– 07:46-12:20 Playfair’s collaborative approach and impact on the ecosystem
– 12:21-15:57 Playfair’s female founder office hours initiative
– 15:58-19:35 Addressing funding and access challenges for female founders
– 19:36-23:47 Chris’s love for writing and reigniting his creativity
– 23:48-28:55 Playfair’s unique LP structure and positive impact motivation
– 28:56-32:40 Advantages of Playfair’s approach in working with founders
– 32:41-36:10 Taking a long-term view in deep tech investments

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Chris Smith is the managing partner at Playfair Capital where he focuses 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. But what gets Chris truly excited is when he can find companies operating in unloved/overlooked sectors that are ripe for disruption.

In this episode you’ll learn:
•The impact of being a 1-LP fund & how Playfair brings their heart with them into VC.
•Strategies for VCs and founders to win in the current bull market
•Why globally distributed teams are more resilient than traditional businesses
•The post-COVID effects on deal sourcing strategy and VC operations
•How PlayFair thinks about value add as a hands-on pre-seed & seed investor

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