Kent brings close to 20 years of global automotive and industrial investing and domain experience. He is also founding partner of 30X LLC, where he currently advises companies in the mobility, auto tech, smart cities, and industrial-tech verticals. Prior to joining Next Gear, he was head of business development at VectoIQ, a global venture advisory firm. Kent also serves as a mentor for two leading accelerators, Techstars Mobility (Detroit) and Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator (NYC). Early in his career, he managed $1B in automotive and industrial equities as vice president at Capital Research, a leading global investment firm.