The HarbourVest Boston Team

Seth Palmer

Managing Director


About Seth

Seth Palmer joined HarbourVest in 2018 and focuses on sourcing, reviewing, executing, and monitoring direct co-investments. Seth serves as a board member at CustomInk.

Seth joined the Firm from BlackRock, where he was a director and founding member of BlackRock Private Markets. While at BlackRock, he focused on originating, evaluating, structuring, and executing opportunistic private equity and special situations investments. Additionally, Seth was a senior member of BlackRock Corporate Ventures, a financial services-focused strategic investment program. Prior to joining BlackRock in 2010, he was an associate at Weston Presidio where he evaluated private equity and growth equity investment opportunities. Seth’s previous experience also includes working within the Investment Banking division of Banc of America Securities.

Seth received a BA (with high distinction) in Economics and Political Science from the University of Michigan in 2003 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 2010.


Continuation solutions encompass a host of transaction types in which a GP secures interim liquidity and/or additional primary capital for their LPs in a strongly performing asset, or set of assets, that the GP will continue to own and control. Specifically, they include continuation funds, new funds created by GPs for the purpose of acquiring the asset(s) that continue to be managed by the same GP and capitalized by one or several secondary buyers, or equity recapitalizations involving a direct equity or structured equity investment into a portfolio company. These transactions can also include a parallel investment from the GP’s latest fund into that same pool of assets (a “cross-fund trade”).