Michael Smerklo of Next Coast Ventures
Hall is joined by Michael Smerklo, Co Founder and Managing Director of Next Coast Ventures. Hall and Michael kickoff this episode learning about Michaels background before investing in early stage companies. Michaels background includes being a CPA and investment banker before attending business school. Once he completed school, Michael moved to Silicon Valley where he first worked with Morgan Stanley followed by Loudcloud for two years. Michael then decided to buy a company where he worked as CEO for 13 years before retiring. At that point he decided that he really wanted to give back to the entrepreneurial community since he enjoyed working with early stage companies and became a VC as the next logical step in his career. Michael also shares his advice to new investors in the startup world as well as how he sees the industry evolving. In this episode, you’ll learn Michaels own personal investment thesis and he came to it. Hall and Michael touch on challenges, risks and opportunities to pursue in this sector.
About Michael– Michael is focused on leadership, growth and helping companies scale. He has deep expertise in technology, tech-enabled services and leadership. Experience in all aspects of company and business development, from start up through public company.
As a former public company CEO, he also has a keen understanding of the leadership required to take a company from concept and formation all the way through various stages of growth and expansion. He now I am focuses on investing in and working with exciting growth companies – especially helping amazing entrepreneurs grow and scale their businesses.
Specialities: SaaS, recurring revenue, customer success management, cloud, service revenue, leadership, strategy, financing, board management, international expansion / operations, business development and general management.
About Next Coast Ventures: Next Coast Ventures focuses on supporting the best entrepreneurs in the world as they build their businesses. Next Coast loves the passion their entrepreneurs bring to solving big problems. And market size is important because life is too short to focus on the small stuff.
You can find Next Coast Ventures at http://www.nextcoastventures.com/
Michael can be reached on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikesmerklo/
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