We’ve been helping ambitious and exceptional entrepreneurs build brilliant technology businesses since 2013. We’ve backed the founders of more than 60 companies including CryptoFacilities, Mapillary, Ravelin, Stripe, Thought Machine and Trouva.
We were founded by an angel and our values drive everything that we do. Like the best angels, we are supportive, passionate investors. Nothing excites us more than working closely with founders to build successful companies.
We invest early and enthusiastically in founding teams around the world, with a focus on the UK. We thrive being a generalist tech fund with the flexibility to look at a broad range of companies. Each member of our team has particular areas of interest and focus.
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They provide the right kind of support when needed and give founders the space to build their company. We are excited to leverage their experience in scaling up our operations in the UK & EU.
SAI RANGANATHANCEO and Founder, SensorFlow
They share the passion we have for the future of autonomous flights and are very helpful and supportive members of our wider team.
ROY SHMUELCEO, Sightec
They have supported the company through good times and rough and always been ready to give advice when needed and support when required. They are experts in the early stage market and a great partner to take companies through to growth.
PAUL TAYLORFounder & CEO, Thought Machine
Unlike some of the traditional VCs, they have been agile, loyal and there has always been someone we know we can chat to for help or advice.
MANDEEP SINGHCo-founder & CEO, Trouva
Playfair Capital was founded by an angel investor in 2013 and we’ll never lose that Angel DNA. We’re on the founder’s side and that core philosophy runs through everything we do.
We take the passion and excitement of angel investing and combine it with the benefits of a fund – a strong team, the ability to write larger cheques and to follow on. When the decision makers are in the room, exciting things happen.
Founders come to us for more than just capital. We share with them deep and broad experience of operating and scaling businesses, hiring talent and navigating to the next stage of their journey.
We love getting hands on and our fund size is optimised to allow us to spend quality time with each founder. We invest because we share each founder’s passion for their business. We are committed to building that relationship.
Collaboration is a way of life at Playfair. While we are comfortable leading deals, we also see the value that multiple investors can bring to the table.
We work hard to bring new and experienced angels into deals because we believe it creates bigger opportunities for companies.
Our door is always open to discuss working in partnership. It’s never too soon to start talking.
Heka empowers humans through benefits that are personal, inspiring, and joyful. Every person has unique strengths. And Heka exists to help people find them, and thrive through them. With over 3,000 carefully curated health and wellness experiences, Heka offers a benefit that ticks bucket-lists, not boxes.
Hullabalook put the disco into the ways shoppers discover products on retail websites. Their beautiful, playful product discovery experiences are proven to increase CVR, AOV and Engagement and will make you think that a Retailer's current filters, facets, search and navigation were created in the dark ages.
Ravelin has developed a unique system to tackle the ever-growing problem of CNP (Card-Not-Present) fraud, which accounts for the largest proportion of e-commerce fraud today. The company brings machine learning intelligence to CNP fraud prevention, using real world data to detect fraud patterns unique to each business.
Seldon increases engagement and revenue by providing a smarter personalised user experience. Seldon Cloud helps the world’s leading media and e-commerce companies leverage cutting edge big data technologies, machine learning algorithms, and social data, to provide the most intelligent solution for personalisation, recommendation and targeting.
Trouva is the a marketplace for independent bricks and mortar retailers. We show you, in real-time, what fashion and home products are in local shops around you. You can buy items for instant collection or same-day delivery. For retailers, we give them the technology to drive more customers into their shops.
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