News | 05.13.09

SecondMarket Named AlwaysOn East 100 Overall Winner

Award Affirms SecondMarket’s Marketplace Solution for Unlocking Illiquid Assets

NEW YORK, N.Y., May 13, 2009 – SecondMarket, the largest marketplace for illiquid assets, has been recognized as the overall winner of the 2009 AlwaysOn East 100 Top Private Companies List.  The award is given to a private, emerging technology company that creates new business opportunities in high-growth markets.  SecondMarket was selected by the AlwaysOn editorial team based on demonstration of growth, market opportunity, quality of innovation and customer traction.

“We are thrilled to be listed with such innovative companies and are honored to be recognized by AlwaysOn as the overall winner and leading private company on its East 100 list,” said SecondMarket CEO Barry Silbert.  “This recognition lends further support to our marketplace solution as the new path to liquidity in multiple illiquid assets – from auction-rate securities to LP interests to private company stock.  We are committed to bringing the power of centralization, efficiency and transparency to help create robust secondary markets.”

SecondMarket, through its online trading platform, proprietary matching algorithm and deep network of contacts, has established itself as the trusted, independent marketplace for investors across a variety of illiquid asset classes, including auction-rate securities, bankruptcy claims, collateralized debt obligations, residential and commercial mortgage-backed securities, limited partnership interests, private company securities, restricted securities and blocks in small capitalization companies, and whole loans.  Its trading network of 3,000 market participants includes hedge funds, global financial institutions and private equity firms that collectively manage over $1 trillion in assets available for investment.

SecondMarket also was named winner in the “Enabling Tools and Devices” category, one of six categories in which the companies were designated.  SecondMarket and the other AlwaysOn East 100 winners will be recognized at the Venture Summit East Conference at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Boston on May 20-22.  This executive conference is co-presented by J.P. Morgan and Forbes and will feature presentations and high-level debates from the most influential institutional investors, venture capitalists, corporate buyers, investment bankers and research analysts in the country.

“It’s no secret that technology and innovation are vital to bringing our country out of economic recession,” said Tony Perkins, founder and editor of AlwaysOn.  “SecondMarket has created innovative technologies and business processes that help companies and investors with the current economic crisis and provide a sustainable model for the future.  I congratulate SecondMarket as well as the other category winners selected for this year’s awards and wish them all tremendous success in the future.”

Silbert also has been selected as a speaker for the summit.  He is participating on a panel that is focusing on a new exit path for private company investors absent a robust IPO market.  “SecondMarket has created a unique ‘MicroMarket’ structure for providing an exit to private company shareholders including founders, employees, and angel and VC investors,” Silbert said.  “The MicroMarket gives the companies control of the secondary market in their shares, providing a more controlled, organized environment that is beneficial for the buyer, seller and company.”

The AlwaysOn East 100 winners were selected from over 500 other technology companies nominated by investors, bankers, journalists and industry insiders. The AlwaysOn editorial team conducted a rigorous three-month selection process to finalize the 2009 list.  A full list of all the AlwaysOn East 100 winners can be found on the AlwaysOn website at http://alwayson.goingon.com/permalink/post/32212.

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About SecondMarket
Founded in 2004, New York-based SecondMarket (member FINRA | MSRB | SIPC) is the largest marketplace for illiquid assets, such as auction-rate securities, bankruptcy claims, collateralized debt obligations, residential and commercial mortgage-backed securities, limited partnership interests, private company securities, restricted securities and blocks in small capitalization companies, and whole loans.  SecondMarket, which has conducted more than $1 billion in transactions since the launch of the company, has 3,000 participants, including global financial institutions, hedge funds, private equity firms, mutual funds, corporations and other institutional and accredited investors that collectively manage over $1 trillion in assets available for investment.  For more information, visit www.SecondMarket.com.

About AlwaysOn
AlwaysOn ignited the open-media revolution in early 2003 by being the first media brand to launch a global blog network.  In 2004, AlwaysOn continued to lead the media industry in innovation by introducing a social network where members can connect and engage.  AlwaysOn is also revolutionizing the media business by applying its open-media principles to its executive event series (Summit at Stanford, OnMedia, OnHollywood, GoingGreen East and West, Venture Summit East and West) and quarterly print “blogozine” by empowering its members to post and share their ideas and meet each other online.  As our loyal readers know, AlwaysOn is committed to the free-market, merit-driven approach to reporting and event programming.  No other media brand has dared to create such open interaction with its readers and event participants.

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