Founding Partner of 30X LLC
Kent is founding partner of 30X LLC. 30X is a global technology advisory firm with a focus on mobility, smart cities, autotech, electrification, and industrial tech. Kent is also a venture partner at Next Gear Ventures, an Israeli-based venture capital fund that invests in early stage Israeli mobility companies. Prior to founding 30X and joining Next Gear Ventures, Kent served as head of business development at VectoIQ LLC, a New York based venture advisory firm, where he helped source, develop and manage the firm’s advisory relationships and early stage investments while helping advance the firm’s corporate relationships in the U.S., Israel, Europe and Korea.
Kent, through his U.S. based firm 30X, currently serves as an advisor to nepes corporation, a publicly traded Korean technology firm, as well as to several U.S. and European based startups and public sector organizations.
He also serves as senior consultant to Azurest Partners, a boutique investment banking and advisory services firm. Previously, he served as interim COO for Nervtech, LTD a European driving simulator startup. He currently serves as a mentor for the Techstars Mobility Accelerator (Detroit) and the Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator (New York). Kent and his firm actively advises and works with startups as well as larger organizations regarding smart mobility and smart cities solutions and is passionate about helping companies led by underrepresented founders, regardless of their focus.
Kent has over 20 years of financial markets and global investing experience, largely focused on the automotive and industrial industries. Early in his career, he was research analyst and vice president at Capital Research & Management Company where he personally managed over $1 billion in public equity assets. From 2013 to 2017, Kent was portfolio manager and founding partner for Culmen Capital Management LLC, a New York based investment firm.
Prior to Culmen Capital, Kent had a stint as director of equity research at XP Investimentos CCTVM, Brazil’s largest independent broker dealer, in their São Paulo office. He led the development and launch of the firm’s fundamental equity research product and helped open their New York office. Kent has also spent time in India analyzing Indian businesses and investments and was visiting lecturer in marketing and finance at Jahangirabad Institute of Technology MBA program located in Uttar Pradesh. He started his career at Citibank N.A. as a corporate trust officer and then as an associate in Citicorp Securities’ Municipal Finance group.
Kent holds a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University and an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business where he was a Corporate Executive Fellow.