Episode 223 features Mike Smerklo, an entrepreneur and professional investor in early-stage technology companies. He is the co-founder of a venture capital firm in Austin, Texas called Next Coast Ventures.
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Michael Smerklo is an entrepreneur and professional investor in early-stage technology companies. He is the co-founder of a venture capital firm in Austin, Texas called Next Coast Ventures. Prior to this, he bought a small technology services company, ServiceSource, and ran it for twelve years, taking it from a small startup to a public company with over 3,000 employees worldwide. Michael was also one of the first employees at a pioneer cloud services company called Opsware (then Loudcloud), which also went public. Before becoming an entrepreneur, he had (and thoroughly hated) jobs in investment banking and public accounting. Mike splits his time between Austin and the San Francisco Bay Area and is married with four children.
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