Barry Silbert is the Founder and CEO of SecondMarket, the largest secondary market dedicated to creating liquidity for alternative investments, including private company stock, auction-rate securities, bankruptcy claims, structured products (ABS, MBS, CDOs), warrants/restricted stock and whole loans. SecondMarket has over 50,000 registered market participants on its online platform and has conducted billions of dollars in transactions across all of its asset classes.
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.
Prior to founding SecondMarket in 2004, Barry was an investment banker at Houlihan Lokey, where he focused on financial restructurings, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate financing transactions. Before joining Houlihan Lokey, Barry worked at Bear Stearns, Smith Barney and Rydex Funds. Barry graduated with honors from the Goizueta Business School of Emory University, and holds Series 7, 24 and 63 licenses.
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.