Today we are proud to announce that we are adding Anthony Walker to the team as a Principal!
As you can see from Anthony’s background described below, he is a great addition to Next Coast Ventures’ expanding team. In short, 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 Next Coast Ventures tagline is:
“Built for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs.”
This means that everyone on our investment team has seen what it takes – the ups and the downs that come with being an entrepreneur. Anthony has witnessed this from both sides of the table, from researching and investing in public companies to starting his own business. It is rare to find someone with Anthony’s professional experience, who understands company building from such a broad perspective. We are thrilled to have him on our team!
“I have spent my career analyzing and investing in companies, and through my own entrepreneurial endeavors, have seen first-hand what it takes to build and scale a business. I know how important it is to have the right team supporting you, and I believe that Next Coast Ventures has assembled a talented group of professionals capable of adding value to the enterprises in which we invest. The firm’s company building approach and investment thesis focused on ‘Next Coast’ markets is differentiated and really attracted me to it. However, what solidified my decision to join Next Coast was hearing first hand from entrepreneurs in the portfolio about the focus, discipline and hard work the entire team brings to help them grow and scale their businesses.
Anthony is going to be an integral member of our deal team, joining Zaz Floreani as a fellow Principal at Next Coast Ventures. He will help execute our strategy with a focus on sourcing entrepreneurs and identifying investment prospects in markets outside the coasts. Anthony will also support our portfolio companies by providing advice and introductions to potential hires, investors, customers and strategic partnerships. As a fellow entrepreneur and longtime investor, he is uniquely qualified to support our founders and help them scale great companies.
On a personal note, Anthony grew up in the Midwest and officially moved to Texas in 2017. Anthony, his wife and their (almost) 2-year-old daughter will be relocating to Austin from the Houston area. An avid sports fan, Anthony enjoys basketball, golf and snowboarding – when he is not chasing his young daughter around! Finally, and equally important, Anthony has a wicked dry sense of humor, superb intellect and is an all around great person! We are excited to have him on our team and hope you will join us in welcoming him and his family to the Austin ecosystem.
Please join us in welcoming Anthony to Next Coast Ventures!
Walker comes to Next Coast Ventures as former Vice President of Global Investment Research at Goldman Sachs. While at Goldman, Anthony was responsible for conducting in-depth company analysis and valuation work to drive investment recommendations for stocks. In 2018, Walker also co-founded Ellisen Inc., a web-based platform designed to help startups better recruit and retain diverse talent.
Prior to his roles at Goldman Sachs and Ellisen, Walker worked as a senior investment professional at Gideon Asset Management and Citadel where he managed hedge fund portfolios of between $300 million and $600 million focused on the Industrials sector. He also served as Vice President, Research and Investment Committee Member at Ariel Investments (managing the firm’s investments in the energy sector), and Assistant Vice President of Equity Research at Barclays Capital (formerly Lehman Brothers). Walker graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in Economics and Political Science and went on to receive his MBA at The University of Chicago – Booth School of Business.