Industry Ventures Promotes Lindsay Sharma and Ira Simkhovitch to Principals on its Secondary Team

March 2, 2018
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March 2, 2018– SAN FRANCISCO, CA– Industry Ventures LLC, a leading investment firm for venture capital, today announced that Lindsay Sharma and Ira Simkhovitch have been promoted from Vice Presidents to Principals on its secondary investment team. The firm also announced the promotion of Eric Yee from Associate to Senior Associate.

“Lindsay and Ira have shown great leadership and are integral members of our secondary team,” said Hans Swildens, CEO and founder of Industry Ventures. “Both have demonstrated a strong ability to work with sellers of direct share positions in leading private technology companies as well as limited partnership interests in performing venture capital partnerships. We are pleased to recognize their contributions to their team, our firm, and the overall market.”

Before joining Industry Ventures in 2014, Sharma was a Principal in corporate strategy and development at Intuit, leading mergers and acquisition activities. Prior to Intuit, Sharma developed private equity and investment banking industry expertise while working at Great Hill Partners and Bear Stearns. She earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in business administration in finance and accounting from Indiana University.

Simkhovitch also joined Industry Ventures in 2014. Prior to Industry Ventures, Simkhovitch was on the investment team at The Carlyle Group/AlpInvest Partners and Commonfund. He earned an MBA with distinction from Columbia Business School and a BS in engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Industry Ventures is also pleased to announce the promotion of Eric Yee to Senior Associate as part of the firms’ associate program. Yee joined the firm in 2016 and previously was an Analyst at Moelis & Company, where he worked on several M&A transactions and capital market engagements for technology companies. He earned a BA and MA in economics and finance from Claremont McKenna College.


About Industry Ventures LLC

Industry Ventures is a leading investment firm that focuses on venture capital. The firm has three investment strategies: secondary investments, primary fund of funds investments, and direct co-investments. Founded in 2000, the firm manages over $3 billion of institutional capital and is headquartered in San Francisco, with an office in Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit



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