Next Round Capital leverages its deep network and years of experience to provide unique investment opportunities and discrete access to liquidity.
Founder & CEO
Ken Smythe has over 20 years of Wall Street experience.
Prior to founding Next Round Capital Partners, Ken was a Managing Director at Artist Capital where he led the Private Shares group. He has transacted in over 30 VC backed companies leading deal execution and diligence. He also has an extensive track record investing in early stage companies across sectors including consumer and biotech.
He started his career as an analyst at Neuberger Berman and later went on to become President of Duet Asset Management, a $5bln+ Hedge fund, private equity firm headquartered in London. He received an undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and has completed the Value Investing Program at Columbia University.
Lauren Widmaier has 10 years’ experience in business development roles at high growth SaaS companies, working closely with institutional investors across the globe.
Prior to Next Round Capital, Lauren was a Senior Enterprise Account Executive in London and New York at PitchBook (acquired by Morningstar) working with the firm’s largest private equity and investment banking clients. Before PitchBook, Lauren held business development roles in Atlanta and London at eVestment (now part of Nasdaq) working with global institutional investors and fund managers.