Smith was an early pioneer of structured finance on Wall Street. He later architected the first phase of financing for Nelson Mandela's Redevelopment Program, which provided housing for 11,000 families near Soweto. Smith is the co-founder of two nationally acclaimed charter schools, Summit Middle School and Peak to Peak Charter School, along with several cutting-edge technology companies, Fathym, Massively Parallel Technologies, C Squared Funds, FinaTech, and Kidz Magazine, a publication that was read by millions of students in dozens of countries. His wife, Sheri, is the cofounder of the Indigo Project. Smith enjoys writing and speaking on nonpartisan solutions that have the power to transform our lives.