‘A-typical’ Entrepreneurial Journey with Darren Nix

 ‘A-typical’ Entrepreneurial Journey with Darren Nix

November 20, 2020

Our motto is “for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs,” so we have created a series on the journeys of our founders. We know that not one journey is like the other. Therefore, here is another in our  ‘A-typical’ Entrepreneurial Journey series. Founder Spotlight: Darren Nix, founder and president at Steadily Steadily, was created by industry experts to […]

Why I Wrote This D*mn Book

Why I Wrote This D*mn Book

November 17, 2020
Mike Smerklo

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Let Me Talk You Out of Being an Entrepreneur

Let Me Talk You Out of Being an Entrepreneur

November 10, 2020
Mike Smerklo

A short, two question quiz might just save five years of your life (and a hell of a lot of pain).

 ‘A-typical’ Entrepreneurial Journey with Colin Anawaty

 ‘A-typical’ Entrepreneurial Journey with Colin Anawaty

November 10, 2020

Our motto is “for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs,” so we have created a series on the journeys of our founders. We know that not one journey is like the other. Therefore, here is another in our  ‘A-typical’ Entrepreneurial Journey series.

Find a Brutally Honest Friend In Your Life and Ask Them This One Question!

Find a Brutally Honest Friend In Your Life and Ask Them This One Question!

November 6, 2020
Mike Smerklo

An unusual way to get feedback might be the secret to unlocking your entrepreneurial dreams.

How to Accidentally F*ck Up Your Career Every Day!

How to Accidentally F*ck Up Your Career Every Day!

October 28, 2020
Mike Smerklo

The world is filled with blog posts and clickbait that will tell you the seven hacks you need to do to become super successful, wealthy, and powerful and to climb the corporate ladder. These drive me nuts for multiple reasons! It seems so easy – like any other “hack” – and for the most part provides very little in terms of actionable, specific ideas that you can actually put into place.

‘A-typical’ Entrepreneurial Journey with Sam Lucas

‘A-typical’ Entrepreneurial Journey with Sam Lucas

October 21, 2020

Our motto is “for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs,” so we have created a series on the journeys of our founders. We know that not one journey is like the other. Therefore, here is another in our  ‘A-typical’ Entrepreneurial Journey series.

Just DON’T Do It: Five Reasons NOT to become an entrepreneur

Just DON’T Do It: Five Reasons NOT to become an entrepreneur

October 16, 2020
Mike Smerklo

The greatest part of my day job as a venture capitalist is the inspiration I draw from watching amazing Founders take a crazy concept, work tirelessly, and sacrifice a ton with the sole purpose of turning a dream into a reality. I recognize how hard the entrepreneurial journey is – and I know full well of the ups and downs that the job brings.

Quarterly Dose of ATXnology

Quarterly Dose of ATXnology

October 1, 2020

Q3 2020–We’ve been busy, to say the least! From team expansions to completing over five new investments to watching our portfolio companies hit the headlines, we are excited to share with you what Next Coast has been up to. Here’s your Quarterly Dose of ATXnology from Next Coast Ventures where we recap what articles, projects and industry news caught our eye these past few months.

Enjoy, y’all!

‘A-Typical’ Entrepreneurial Journey Series with Vivian Chu

‘A-Typical’ Entrepreneurial Journey Series with Vivian Chu

September 30, 2020

We know that not one journey is like the other. Therefore, here is the first in our series on the  ‘A-typical’ Entrepreneurial Journey. As you get to know our founders on both a professional and personal level, we hope you can learn something along the way.

Join Us in Welcoming Anthony Walker to NCV as a Principal

Join Us in Welcoming Anthony Walker to NCV as a Principal

September 23, 2020

Today we are proud to announce that we are adding Anthony Walker to the team as a Principal! Anthony has amazing experience, brings a deep investment perspective and is a “hard working, get stuff done” professional. Just like the entrepreneurs we back, Anthony has the “glass eater” mindset and truly understands what it takes for a business to become successful. 

The Future of DeathTech: Interview with Adelle Archer, CEO and Founder of Eterneva

The Future of DeathTech: Interview with Adelle Archer, CEO and Founder of Eterneva

September 23, 2020
Medium

Medium interviewed a founder of one of our portfolio companies, Adelle Archer, the CEO of Eterneva. Founded in 2017, Eterneva is a consumer technology company that creates diamonds from cremated ashes.

Introducing Two New Investment Themes 

Introducing Two New Investment Themes 

September 17, 2020

As a follow-up to our July blog post introducing our Themes 2.0, we want to more formally share our thoughts on our two “newest” themes: Communities, Not Social Networks, and Self-Care Hacking. In many ways, these themes are not new to us but rather are evolutionary in nature given past themes and various investments. But this is the first time we have put pen to paper to explicitly and publicly share our investment theses around them. 

How to persist through unprecedented leadership challenges (without losing your mind in the process)

How to persist through unprecedented leadership challenges (without losing your mind in the process)

September 1, 2020
Mike Smerklo

When everything feels uncertain and out of control, the one thing you can control is between your ears. Some call it grit. Some call it stubbornness. I prefer simply persistence. A persistent mindset is the only thing that will keep your head above water despite the deluge around you. It will allow you to remain focused and keep plugging away at your business goals no matter what. But it won’t happen overnight — it takes daily practice and dedication.

NCV expands the ‘Next Coast’ reach as former Ultimate Software CEO Adam Rogers joins our Entrepreneurs Council

NCV expands the ‘Next Coast’ reach as former Ultimate Software CEO Adam Rogers joins our Entrepreneurs Council

August 27, 2020

We are thrilled to be partnering with successful entrepreneur Adam Rogers as he joins our Entrepreneurs Council. Since day one, NCV has been ‘built by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs’ and the Entrepreneurs Council is a direct result of that mission. As a member of the Council, Adam will provide invaluable experience to our portfolio companies and will help us expand our footprint in ‘Next Coast’ markets.

THE MISSING MILLION $

THE MISSING MILLION $

August 24, 2020
Julian Castelli

Are you selling your product features or are you selling to their biggest, and often unarticulated, need? Here are some tips to help you discover your “Missing Million” value prop.

NCV and DivInc Team up to Enhance Access to the Venture Capital Ecosystem for Underrepresented Entrepreneurs

NCV and DivInc Team up to Enhance Access to the Venture Capital Ecosystem for Underrepresented Entrepreneurs

August 4, 2020

Today, we are excited to announce our partnership with DivInc, an organization that is transforming the entrepreneurial ecosystem into a more authentically inclusive environment. Since 2016, DivInc has been dedicated to helping underrepresented founders build successful businesses. It has provided more than 70 founders and 64 tech and tech-enabled companies with strategies and resources to help grow their businesses.

Welcoming Cotter Cunningham as an NCV Entrepreneur in Residence

Welcoming Cotter Cunningham as an NCV Entrepreneur in Residence

July 15, 2020

We are excited to announce Cotter Cunningham is joining NCV as our newest Entrepreneur in Residence today. Cotter is an entrepreneur and CEO with a great track record of developing and leading technology and consumer businesses. His most recent success was as Founder, CEO & Chairman at RetailMeNot. Cotter’s background is very much in sync with the NCV themes and early stage investment strategy.

Why We Invest in Themes, Not Sectors

Why We Invest in Themes, Not Sectors

July 10, 2020

For decades, the question, What type of work are you in? had a straightforward answer. Most people did a specific job for a business in a defined industry. If you started a business on your own, it was in a particular sector, like travel, or food, or retail. Business investors followed the same path.

Returning to Work in a COVID-19 World

Returning to Work in a COVID-19 World

June 24, 2020

COVID-19 has brought about changes in the workplace that no one was expecting. Earlier this week we held a Portfolio2Portfolio working session for our founders from five of our portfolio companies on the topic of Returning to Work. We wanted to share some key takeaways from the discussion.

Communicating During a Crisis

Communicating During a Crisis

April 20, 2020
By: Jason Dorsey

For many entrepreneurs, the last month has been the most challenging time in their careers. But it’s also a time when employees, customers, and colleagues are looking to company founders for leadership and guidance. What should you say to people who are concerned about their jobs and their future?

The Top Actions Entrepreneurs Should Take Right Now

The Top Actions Entrepreneurs Should Take Right Now

April 7, 2020

In this unprecedented time in history, we know we don’t have all the answers. But we do have experience and empathy. We asked members of our Entrepreneurs Council and leaders of the firm about how entrepreneurs should think about their business right now.

A VC, an Entrepreneur and a Serial Killer Dial Into a Virtual Sports Bar

A VC, an Entrepreneur and a Serial Killer Dial Into a Virtual Sports Bar

March 31, 2020
By: Michael Smerklo

So was this a “deal” or a “life mission”? The answer depends on your perspective. And for both sides to achieve the outcome they’re looking for, it pays to understand the other side’s perspective.

Leading Through Difficult Times

Leading Through Difficult Times

March 23, 2020
By: Julian Castelli

In tough times, clear direction and consistency with strong values can build enduring cultural advantages.

NCV’s Top 9 of ‘19

NCV’s Top 9 of ‘19

January 7, 2020

“Closed our second fund, doubled the size of our team, had multiple portfolio exits and added six new portfolio companies. Needless to say, 2019 was busy. “

Announcing: Next Coast Ventures II

Announcing: Next Coast Ventures II

November 21, 2019

“This fund was really made possible by the hard work of all the entrepreneurs we have had the privilege to work with since we founded Next Coast Ventures.”

Announcing Our New Principal: Zaz Floreani

Announcing Our New Principal: Zaz Floreani

October 22, 2019

We look forward to working with her as we continue our relentless search for the best and the brightest entrepreneurs in Next Coast markets.”

Announcing Our New Entrepreneur-in-Residence: Sarah Puil

Announcing Our New Entrepreneur-in-Residence: Sarah Puil

September 13, 2019

“During Sarah’s residency, she will focus on incubating ideas and solutions centered around the changing nature of digital assets and their consumption.”

NCV’s Top 10 of Summer

NCV’s Top 10 of Summer

September 4, 2019

“New deals, new exits and new team members. Needless to say summer slowdown is not a thing for Next Coast Ventures.”

Announcing the Addition of Brian Sharples, Cotter Cunningham and Julian Castelli to our Entrepreneurs Council

Announcing the Addition of Brian Sharples, Cotter Cunningham and Julian Castelli to our Entrepreneurs Council

August 27, 2019

“Since day one, NCV has been ‘built by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs’ and the Entrepreneurs Council is a direct result of that mission.”

Back to School: 15 Classes Every Entrepreneur Should Take

Back to School: 15 Classes Every Entrepreneur Should Take

August 6, 2019
With Next Coast Ventures

Now that summer is almost over and everybody’s going back to school, we decided to take a look back at the undergraduate and MBA courses that helped shape our worldview as entrepreneurs. Once we started reflecting on these courses, we realized that they’re not the typical core classes you’d expect – so we reached out […]

Announcing Our New Chief Operating Officer: Jonathan Kaplan

Announcing Our New Chief Operating Officer: Jonathan Kaplan

July 31, 2019

“Jonathan will be responsible for all operations of our firm, including financial planning and reporting, investor relations, legal, HR, compliance and the firm’s diversity and inclusion efforts.”

Announcing Our New Portfolio Company: TrustRadius

Announcing Our New Portfolio Company: TrustRadius

July 23, 2019

“We are always first and foremost looking for the very best entrepreneurs building disruptive businesses in Next Coast markets, and Vinay and his team couldn’t fit the bill any better.”

Announcing Our New Portfolio Company: Submittable

Announcing Our New Portfolio Company: Submittable

July 18, 2019

“This funding is one of the top-10 largest Series B rounds in the state’s history.”

The Greatest Competitor You’ve Never Met

The Greatest Competitor You’ve Never Met

May 31, 2019

“Selling against inertia (or ‘do nothing,’ ‘no decision’) is a bitch.”

NCV’s Top 8 in ’18

NCV’s Top 8 in ’18

January 2, 2019

“Through numerous strong additions to our portfolio, expanding our Venture Partner program and ramping up our E2E programming, we couldn’t be prouder of our entrepreneurs’ accomplishments in 2018.”

10 Things Our Founders Are Grateful for this Year

10 Things Our Founders Are Grateful for this Year

December 3, 2018

The holiday season is often about taking time away from work to spend with family and friends, but as entrepreneurs ourselves, we know that is no easy feat for a founder.

The Rise of the Female Founder and Robotics in the Human Environment with Andrea Thomaz

The Rise of the Female Founder and Robotics in the Human Environment with Andrea Thomaz

November 14, 2018

“I think there is something to be said about these two women coming in and selling technology made by women, for women.”

How Transparency and Becoming a B Corp Builds a Brand with Eric Korman

How Transparency and Becoming a B Corp Builds a Brand with Eric Korman

October 16, 2018

“The interesting element of becoming a B Corp, is that by actually considering all of your stakeholders when you make business decisions, you ultimately create businesses that have higher returns to investors.”

Announcing Our New Portfolio Company: Navegate Logistics

Announcing Our New Portfolio Company: Navegate Logistics

October 4, 2018

“Navegate is an integrated logistics platform that helps facilitate global supply chains through their software platform and global network of logistics experts.”

What The Economist Got Wrong About the Decline of Silicon Valley

What The Economist Got Wrong About the Decline of Silicon Valley

September 18, 2018
By Michael Smerklo

“It is shortsighted to believe that as talent, innovation and capital spread from the Valley that its influence won’t come with it – and there is clearly enough to go around.”

The Future of Work with Scott Harmon

The Future of Work with Scott Harmon

September 4, 2018
By Scott Harmon

“Prideful entrepreneurs don’t tend to do that well unless they’re insanely lucky.”

7 Things an Entrepreneur Should Consider Before a Sale

7 Things an Entrepreneur Should Consider Before a Sale

August 2, 2018

“While nothing can truly prepare an entrepreneur for their first sale of a company, we hear time and again from our clients about steps they wish they had taken earlier to make the process run more smoothly.”

Are You a Glass Eater?

Are You a Glass Eater?

July 20, 2018
By Next Coast Ventures

Glass · eat·er (noun): an entrepreneur that simply will not quit

I Am the CEO, Why Am I Confused About How I Should Spend My Time?

I Am the CEO, Why Am I Confused About How I Should Spend My Time?

July 10, 2018
By Michael Smerklo

How a simple 2×2 matrix can help you become a better entrepreneur by focusing on the key difference between efficiency and effectiveness.

The Dos and Don’ts of Working with the Media if You’re a Startup

The Dos and Don’ts of Working with the Media if You’re a Startup

June 22, 2018

“I want to develop a relationship with those folks to make sure I cover them and they want to be covered by us — it’s a two-way street.”

Why Collaboration is King in Venture Capital

Why Collaboration is King in Venture Capital

June 12, 2018
By Dagney Pruner

important when you’re doing diligence on an idea that bridges generational gaps.”

Announcing Our New Portfolio Company: 101 Commerce

Announcing Our New Portfolio Company: 101 Commerce

June 5, 2018

Next Coast Ventures is proud to announce that we have led the Series A round in Austin-based 101 Commerce, a multi-brand ecommerce platform targeting the ‘Fulfillment by Amazon’ (FBA) marketplace.

Blockchain is the New Social Network with Dave Hendricks

Blockchain is the New Social Network with Dave Hendricks

May 15, 2018
By Dave Hendricks

“I think everybody in the tech investment community will be paying their associates partly in crypto by 2020.”

Advice for Entrepreneurs on Board Management: Mind the Information Gap

Advice for Entrepreneurs on Board Management: Mind the Information Gap

March 29, 2018
By Michael Smerklo

“One, simple conversation with a mentor led me to realize that a Board can be the pivotal difference between success and failure during your entrepreneurial journey.”

Announcing Our New Venture Partner: Jason Dorsey

Announcing Our New Venture Partner: Jason Dorsey

March 20, 2018
By Next Coast Ventures Team

“Jason will focus on helping Next Coast and its portfolio companies with consumer trends, brand building and customer acquisition.”

SXSW Panel Preview: Digital Natives Disrupting Fragrance with Eric Korman

SXSW Panel Preview: Digital Natives Disrupting Fragrance with Eric Korman

March 9, 2018
By Eric Korman

“Organic doesn’t just happen organically.”

SXSW Panel Preview: Digital Natives Disrupting Healthcare with Julia Cheek

SXSW Panel Preview: Digital Natives Disrupting Healthcare with Julia Cheek

February 20, 2018
By Julia Cheek

“If you are not optimizing day in and day out, and really growth hacking the platform, you’re toast.”

Turning Thought Leadership Content Into Company Change with Matt Cain

Turning Thought Leadership Content Into Company Change with Matt Cain

February 13, 2018
By Matt Cain

“We went on to explore triggers, histories, personality traits, and several other factors that brought us closer together.”

A Bad Board of Directors Can Ruin Your Company

A Bad Board of Directors Can Ruin Your Company

February 8, 2018
By Neal Dempsey

“Just because an investor has previous successes doesn’t mean he or she is a good match for your company.”

To Avoid An Entrepreneur’s Biggest Dealbreaker, Find A Mentor

To Avoid An Entrepreneur’s Biggest Dealbreaker, Find A Mentor

February 6, 2018
By Michael Smerklo

“Mentors give you the context, guidance and support you need when you may not know how to move forward.”

Know Thyself, Know Thy Leader: Steps To Hiring A Successful Sales Leader

Know Thyself, Know Thy Leader: Steps To Hiring A Successful Sales Leader

February 3, 2018
By Michael Smerklo

“Sales excellence and hiring great sales leadership is the most important determinant of success for a high-growth company looking to scale.

Announcing Our New Venture Partner: Jeff Browning

Announcing Our New Venture Partner: Jeff Browning

January 23, 2018
By Jeff Browning

“Jeff is joining our team as a Venture Partner where he will focus on helping our portfolio companies with all aspects of organizational design, talent acquisition and executive development.”

The 3 Mistakes I Made Learning To Manage Time

The 3 Mistakes I Made Learning To Manage Time

January 16, 2018
By Michael Smerklo

“Let me tell you a dirty little secret: time management doesn’t always come naturally, especially to entrepreneurs that become executives.”

Good Governance: Six Proven Principles with Joe Mandato

Good Governance: Six Proven Principles with Joe Mandato

December 12, 2017
By Joe Mandato

“Innovators are consumed with crossing the chasm, but when they take other people’s money they also need to practice good governance — here are six governance principles they can rely on.”

Diminished But Not Dead: Kitchen-Tech In A Post-Juicero World

Diminished But Not Dead: Kitchen-Tech In A Post-Juicero World

December 11, 2017
By Mary Ann Azevedo

“When you think about how you cook today, it’s largely been done with an oven or a grill or a recipe in a way that hasn’t changed much in the last 50 years.”

November Dose of ATXnology

November Dose of ATXnology

December 1, 2017
By Next Coast Ventures

We send you this content in our Quarterly Dose of ATXnology newsletter, but we’re going to start sharing some monthly content we’re loving as well.

Utilizing Your Board with Richard Lebovitz

Utilizing Your Board with Richard Lebovitz

November 21, 2017
By Richard Lebovitz

“The number one thing is to make it easy for the board to give you productive advice.”

Diversity and Inclusion with Erik Larson

Diversity and Inclusion with Erik Larson

November 15, 2017
By Erik Larson

“Thinking about inclusion early on and pursuing it actively is a strategically smart thing to do.”

October Dose of ATXnology

October Dose of ATXnology

October 31, 2017
By Next Coast Ventures

We send you this content in our Quarterly Dose of ATXnology newsletter, but we’re going to start sharing some monthly content we’re loving as well.

Announcing Our Latest Investment: AlertMedia

Announcing Our Latest Investment: AlertMedia

October 11, 2017
By Michael Smerklo

Today, Next Coast Ventures is proud to announce that we have led the $8mm Series B round in Austin-based AlertMedia.

Announcing Our New Entrepreneur in Residence and Two Technology Venture Partners

Announcing Our New Entrepreneur in Residence and Two Technology Venture Partners

September 20, 2017
By Michael Smerklo

We are adding Paul Rogers and Jim Dunham as Technology Venture Partners, and Adam Salamon as our very first Entrepreneur in Residence.

Austin Redefining the Sweet Spot: Solving Real Problems for Real People

Austin Redefining the Sweet Spot: Solving Real Problems for Real People

September 19, 2017
By Zeynep Young

As Austin’s vibrant ecosystem of entrepreneurial activity gets even hotter, it’s in the right place to take the game up a notch and redefine what the next sweet spot is for successful innovation.

Help Us Get to SXSW’s 2018 Lineup

Help Us Get to SXSW’s 2018 Lineup

August 14, 2017
By Michael Smerklo

We are thrilled to have an opportunity to host what we think will be a killer panel presentation, but we need some help (see below).

My Board Meeting Is Over. Why Do I Feel So Bad?

My Board Meeting Is Over. Why Do I Feel So Bad?

May 22, 2017
By Michael Smerklo

At the end of the day, a board meeting should help provide perspective on recent performances and practical advice concerning future challenges. CEOs should leave a meeting exhausted, frustrated and skeptical—but also enthused, accomplished and eager to get to work.

Serial Entrepreneur and Next Coast Ventures Partner Zeynep Young Gives Tips on How to Succeed as an Entrepreneur

Serial Entrepreneur and Next Coast Ventures Partner Zeynep Young Gives Tips on How to Succeed as an Entrepreneur

April 17, 2017
By Michael Smerklo

In this Ideas to Invoices podcast, Young discusses what it takes to succeed as an entrepreneur and what she looks for when making an investment.

Next Coast Founders discuss fund raising (among other things)

Next Coast Founders discuss fund raising (among other things)

April 6, 2017

Next Coast Ventures might be able to afford to lose $1 million on an investment, but can an entrepreneur afford to lose five to ten years of their life working on a startup that doesn’t hit it big?

Next Coast Ventures Welcomes Zeynep Young as a Venture Partner

Next Coast Ventures Welcomes Zeynep Young as a Venture Partner

March 28, 2017
By Michael Smerklo

When we set out to build Next Coast Ventures, one theme omnipresent throughout every discussion persisted—we wanted to create a firm “built by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs.”

What entrepreneurs can learn about public speaking from Donald Trump

What entrepreneurs can learn about public speaking from Donald Trump

February 21, 2017
By Michael Smerklo

What entrepreneurs can learn from politicians – even Donald Trump – about public speaking and influencing your key constituents.

How entrepreneurs can think like venture capitalists

How entrepreneurs can think like venture capitalists

February 16, 2017
By Michael Smerklo

As an entrepreneur involved with two highly successful full-stack technology businesses, I spent fifteen years curiously wondering how venture capitalists make decisions.

Are you truly ready to be an entrepreneur?

Are you truly ready to be an entrepreneur?

November 5, 2016
By Michael Smerklo

Before making the decision of becoming an entrepreneur, you really need to do a gut-chuck. Are you willing to make big-time sacrifices? Ready for lots of unpredictability?

Should the customer success function report to the head of sales or the CEO?

Should the customer success function report to the head of sales or the CEO?

March 9, 2016
By Michael Smerklo

For any recurring revenue business, there are seven key reasons why the Customer Success function should report directly to the CEO and NOT the Head of Sales.

Mentorship And The Monster Under The Bed

Mentorship And The Monster Under The Bed

August 18, 2015
By Michael Smerklo

Five lessons on how mentors can help you keep moving forward on your entrepreneurial journey.

On Board Management: Wise words from 4 Silicon Valley legends

On Board Management: Wise words from 4 Silicon Valley legends

April 30, 2015
By Michael Smerklo

What I learned from Bruce Dunlevie, Bill Campbell, Marc Andreessen and Al Davis about creating, building and managing a world-class board of directors.

E2E stands for “entrepreneur to entrepreneur”