Founder & CEO
Barry Silbert is the Founder and CEO of SecondMarket, the world's largest marketplace for buying and selling alternative financial assets, including private company stock. Founded in 2004, SecondMarket has conducted billions of dollars in transactions across nine different asset classes. Since 2009, more than $350 million in private company stock traded over SecondMarket in numerous venture-backed companies, including Facebook, Zynga, Twitter and LinkedIn. SecondMarket's customized liquidity programs provide private companies with an effective way to organize and control secondary activity in their shares.
SecondMarket was recently honored by the World Economic Forum as a 2011 Technology Pioneer. In 2009, Barry was a category winner of Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year Award, a winner of Crain’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award and was included on Treasury & Risk’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in Finance. Barry was also recognized by Fortune as “One to Watch” in the publication’s annual 40 Under 40 issue. In addition, SecondMarket was named one of the “Top Fifty Tech Startups You Should Know” by BusinessWeek and recognized by Fast Company as one of eight startups “brimming with hope” for the financial industry. Earlier this year, the company was recognized by AlwaysOn Media as the overall winner of the “Global 250” list of the top private companies in the world.
Barry is a frequent speaker at conferences on the topic of trading alternative assets and has appeared in many leading publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Financial Times, USA Today and Forbes. Barry has been featured on CNBC, CNN Money, Bloomberg News and Fox Business News.
Barry is also an active angel investor with investments in a number of exciting start-ups, including Behind the Burner, ProFounder, RealDirect, Send-the-Trend, Slated, TapAd and Vator.tv.