[Webinar] Meet the VC:​​Mike Smerklo | Next Coast Ventures

October 12, 2022 | 12:00 PM PT

Mike Smerklo

Mike Smerklo

Next Coast Ventures

Meet the VC is a monthly event hosted by Early Growth and its partners. Every month, we sit down with a VC to get answers to your questions about fundraising, investment thesis, the current investment climate, and more.

There will be Q&A at the end of the interview, so get your questions ready!

This month’s speaker is ​​Mike Smerklo, Co-founder and Managing Director at Next Coast Ventures.

Mike Smerklo of Next Coast Ventures

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Mike Smerklo is an experienced entrepreneur, investor and business leader driven by the desire to turn ideas into reality. Having bought and scaled a small business into a publicly traded company worth nearly a billion dollars in value, he has a deep understanding of the hard work, dedication and grit that truly powers successful entrepreneurship. Today, as the co-founder and managing director of Next Coast Ventures, Smerklo is a champion for a new generation of entrepreneurs building disruptive companies in big markets. When he’s not working with entrepreneurs, you can find him spending time with his wife and four children in Austin, TX.

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Next Coast Ventures (NCV) is an Austin-based venture capital firm with over $500mm in AUM. Founded in 2016 by Mike Smerklo and Tom Ball, NCV has invested in 75+ companies, with a focus on “next coast” businesses. Leveraging the partners’ extensive experience as both operators and investors, NCV is “built for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs”.

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