Viant Capital is the investment banking and financial advisory services arm of Viant Group. We deliver top quality investment banking and financial advisory services to emerging, high growth companies. Located in San Francisco, our team has a diverse set of backgrounds, including investment banking, corporate law, entrepreneurship, operations and engineering.

Senior Team
Scott Smith,Founder, CEO and Managing Director
ph. (415) 710-0079 LinkedInssmith@viantgroup.com
Mr. Smith is the founder and Managing Partner of Viant Group, a Managing Director of Viant Capital. Mr. Smith also founded Neveric Capital, Viant's predecessor firm, in 1998 and has over twenty-five years of experience in investment banking, corporate law and company operations working primarily with technology, cleantech, media and healthcare companies. Prior to Viant, Mr. Smith was a Managing Director at Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) where he was responsible for establishing the Silicon Valley office and was the co-head of the technology group. Before CSFB, Mr. Smith spent fifteen years with Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro as a Partner where he was responsible for founding the firm’s Silicon Valley venture capital office. Mr. Smith earned a BA from Colorado College and his JD from UC Berkeley.
Robert Eberhart,Managing Director
ph. (650) 926-9822 LinkedInhmckb@thepbgrp.com
Robert N. Eberhart directs research at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business where he studies entrepreneurship and how it shapes society. He earned his Ph.D. in Management Science from Stanford University and his academic publications span topics such as new theoretical constructs on how institutional change has complex effects on new firms and how entrepreneurship is changing society. He won awards for the Responsible Research in Business and Management (2020), Organizations and Management Division Best Theory Paper (2017), Outstanding Scholar Award at SCU (2017), Best Paper Award at the Western Academy of Management (2016), Best Paper Proceeding of the 2012 Academy of Management, among others. He served as the Vice Chairperson of the U.S. Dept. of State and METI’s Japan-US Innovation and Entrepreneurship Council. He has been quoted in the New York Times, NPR, USA Today, San Jose Mercury News, ABC News, Forbes magazine, the Nikkei Weekly, and the Nihon Keizai Shimbun. Before his academic career, Prof. Eberhart was a partner at Pacific Rim Partners, a San Francisco based venture capital firm and he was the Founder and CEO of WineInStyle KK in Tokyo, Japan. WineInStyle, along with its wholly owned subsidiary in the USA, distributed California wines to the Japanese and other Asian markets. Prior to founding WineInStyle, Mr. Eberhart was an executive with semiconductor and electronics hardware companies.
Hobart McK. "Hobey" Birmingham,Managing Director
Hobey serves as a Managing Director at Viant Capital and was previously with Western International, Securities, GBS Securities, and ePlanning Securities. Before that, Hobey was Chief Administrative Office / General Counsel at Borland Software and Associate General Counsel at Apple. Hobey was also a partner at various international law firms and practiced law in Japan for four years. Additionally, Hobey was on the boards of Finelite from 2013 through 2017, Schilling Robotics from 2008 through 2012 and Optical Communication Products Inc. (OCPI) from 2002 through 2007. Hobey earned an A.B. from Princeton university and a J.D. from the University of Michigan.
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