Playfair Capital adds Simon Blakey as Non-Exec

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Playfair Capital

13 June 2019

We’re delighted to announce that Simon Blakey of Avonmore Developments has joined Playfair Capital as a Non-Executive and a member of our Investment Committee.

Background

Simon trained as a biochemist and management account, and since 2000 has been a full-time, active, early-stage investor in the UK. Working with his brother Michael, they have achieved numerous exits including:

  • OC Robotics (2017 sale to GE Aviation)
  • Bybox (seed investment to >£70M turnover without further funding — MBO in 2016 for £105M)
  • Buzzmove (2014 seed investment sold to White Mountain Insurance Group in 2016)
  • Omega Logic (Sale to Eposs Ltd)
  • Pout (Sale to Catterton Partners)
  • Commerce Decisions (Sale to QinetiQ)
  • Tagman (Sale to Ensighten)

As a team, Simon and Michael have outstanding pedigree in the early stage investment space — Simon in the UK through his angel vehicle, Avonmore Developments, and Michael via South East Asian focused Cocoon Capital.

Approach

Both Fede, our Founding Partner & Chairman, and Chris, our Managing Partner, started their investing career as angels.

As a result, our distinctive approach takes the best aspects of angel investing — enthusiasm, empathy, hands-on experience and speed of decision-making — with the professionalism of a fund that is able to write larger cheques, make follow-on investments and has a bigger team and wider network of contacts.

Having built a two decade career as an angel investor, Simon was a natural fit for us, understanding our heritage, culture and approach to investing in early stage companies.

Growth

Simon joins at a time of considerable growth. Following the launch of our £25m Fund II in March, we will have closed 5 deals by the end of Q2, including SensorFlow, Sightec and uMed.

With a new influx of founders to work with and support, and a strong pipeline of deals, the experience, insights and capacity that Simon brings in his role will be invaluable to both the Playfair team and the founders we invest in.

Welcome Simon!

Find out more about Playfair Capital and our approach at: https://playfaircapital.com/

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