Making Private Market Liquidity Accessible

Companies are staying private longer, making it difficult for employees and early shareholders to unlock the value of their equity before the company goes public. The result is a push for liquidity by private company shareholders looking to sell their shares pre-IPO and institutional and accredited investors wanting access to quality blocks. Next Round Capital facilities this process by presenting exclusive secondary market opportunities for investors to buy into some of the world’s most promising companies.

Our Leadership

Our team and advisory board is comprised of wall street analysts, tech entrepreneurs and experienced venture investors.

  • Ken Smythe
    Founder & CEO

    Ken Smythe has over 20 years of Wall Street experience and has transacted in over 50 venture-backed companies across SaaS, Fintech, Consumer, and Biotech.

    Ken began his career as an analyst at Neuberger Berman and later became President of a $5bln hedge fund, a private equity firm headquartered in London. Before founding Next Round Capital Partners, Ken was a Managing Director at Artist Capital, leading the Private Shares group. He also has an extensive track record investing in early-stage companies across sectors.

    Ken holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and has completed the Value Investing Program at Columbia University.

  • Phil Hein
    Managing Director,
    Private Shares

    Prior to joining Next Round Capital Partners, Phil worked for RHK Noble Capital as an institutional equity private shares advisors. He has extensive experience working with leading institutional investors and companies to facilitate liquidity for shareholders and has extensive relationships with Hedge funds, PE firms and family offices in the US and globally.

    Prior to entering the world of institutional equities, Phil spent 20 years in operational and managerial roles for several leading consumer goods companies (both public and privately held companies).

    Phil received a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University. In his free time, Phil likes to Ski and Mountain bike with his family. He holds the Series 7 & 63 licenses.