Next Round Capital Names Wyan Yarbrough Director of Research

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Next Round Capital, a leading venture capital and secondaries advisory firm is pleased to announce that Wyan Yarbrough, CFA, has joined the firm as Director of Research. Yarbrough brings more than a decade of TMT (technology, media, telecom) investment experience and a successful track record of identifying and leading investments in high-growth and disruptive technology companies and pre-IPO startups. Yarbrough will lead the firm’s development of in-depth research in technology, including AI, IoT, cybersecurity, and other areas in support of the firm’s sourcing of opportunities in secondary markets for investors. 

“We are thrilled to welcome Wyan Yarbrough as we integrate research into our core offering for investors in private markets,” said Ken Smythe, founder and managing partner at Next Round Capital. “Wyan’s extensive experience in investment analysis and proven track record of identifying high-potential opportunities will be an ideal complement to our liquidity solutions for investors.”

Before joining Next Round Capital, Yarbrough served as Head of Technology Investing for BlackRock’s Growth Investment Strategies, overseeing more than $50 billion in assets under management. He played a key role identifying and leading investments in a broad range of public and private companies, including, Genesys, Snyk, Dragos, PsiQuantum, and SambaNova, and others. Prior to BlackRock, Wyan served as a TMT Investment Research Associate at T. Rowe Price, where his contributions led to billion dollar private investments in Uber, Flipkart, Magic Leap, and others.

“I’m excited to join Next Round and lead the development of cutting-edge insights on the areas that matter most to our clients,” said Yarbrough. “By integrating fundamental research into our offering and eventually launching a fund, we will be able to provide curated opportunities and deal flow in areas such as AI and DevOps for investors. As a research-driven firm and proprietary investment firm, we’ll have a clear differentiator and be positioned to be a trusted advisor to our clients.”

About Next Round Capital

Next Round Capital Partners is the leading provider of secondary market liquidity and insights in late stage venture companies. Our data, expertise and deep relationships enable us to unlock liquidity for private holdings and identify attractive opportunities to access the world’s most promising companies. Next Round Capital’s team has completed transactions totaling more than $1.2bln dollars on behalf of the world’s largest financial institutions and institutional investors, including family offices, mutual funds and high-net-worth investors. With the most trusted and reliable pricing data on actively traded names, we are the industry standard in secondary markets. Next Round Capital is redefining investment in venture backed companies by providing access to this market one investor at a time. To learn more, visit us at: