Primary Role
Founder and Chairman @ SecondMarket
14 Investments in 14 Companies

Person Details


Barry Silbert is the Founder and CEO of SecondMarket, the reinvented stock market. SecondMarket enables companies, community banks, student loan issuers and funds to provide liquidity, raise capital and communicate with their stakeholders. SecondMarket companies control all aspects of their capital raising and liquidity, including who can buy and sell securities, the frequency of transactions, and pricing.

SecondMarket has received numerous accolades in recent years, including being named by the World Economic Forum as a Technology Pioneer. The company has also received honors from Forbes, Fast Company, Deloitte and other organizations. Barry has received several individual honors including being invited to join Mayor Bloomberg's Council on Technology and Innovation, being named Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young and Crain's, and being selected to Fortune's prestigious "40 Under 40" list.

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 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 startups, including 42Floors,, BitPay, CoinLab, Eventup, Lenddo, Murfie, RealDirect, Slated, SponsorHub and Tapad.

Experience (8)


Advisory Roles (1)

  • Chain
    The Block Chain API for Developers
    Aug 20, 2014 - Invested in $9.5M Series A with 9 others
  • Unocoin
    Unocoin is an Indian bitcoin processor.
    Aug 11, 2014 - Invested in Seed Round with 1 other
  • Voyat
    Voyat is a loyalty and e-commerce platform for Hotels.
    Jul 29, 2014 - Invested in $1.8M Seed Round with 6 others
  • Hashplex
    Hosting Designed & Purpose-Built for Bitcoin Miners & Bitcoin Mining.
    Jun 12, 2014 - Invested in $400k Seed Round with 1 other
  • Korbit
    Korbit started by offering the world's first Bitcoin-Korean Won exchange.
    Jan 20, 2014 - Invested in $400k Seed Round with 6 others
  • Coinsetter
    Coinsetter is a NYC-based Forex trading platform for Bitcoin.
    Apr 9, 2013 - Invested in $500k Seed Round with 3 others
  • BitPay
    BitPay is a payment processor for the peer-to-peer digital currency, Bitcoin.
    Jan 7, 2013 - Invested in $510k Seed Round with 7 others
  • Lua
    The leading enterprise communication solution. Mobile messaging that's built for business: instant, secure and keeps everyone accountable.
    Aug 1, 2012 - Invested in $2.5M Seed Round with 24 others