Announcing Our New Entrepreneur in Residence and Two Technology Venture Partners
Today, we are very excited to announce some additions to our team that echo our commitment to building out a firm with a continual thesis around how can we bring the best and brightest minds to the entrepreneurs that we serve. We are adding Paul Rogers and Jim Dunham as Technology Venture Partners, and Adam Salamon as our very first Entrepreneur in Residence.
Technology Venture Partner
One of the things we were adamant about when we founded Next Coast was that we leverage our network of industry experts to help our portfolio companies reach new levels of growth. Our leadership already has such diverse expertise - whether it’s bootstrapping a business or taking a company public, we’ve been there. But the people that we are bringing into our network are aren’t just company builders, they are game changers. They are going to help us provide the insight, strategy and support to give our entrepreneurs the edge they need to be successful in this competitive landscape.
Technology Venture Partner
Jim Dunham has been in the technology industry for over 25 years and most recently served as the president of cloud and business intelligence at ServiceSource, a San Francisco-based software company. Paul Rogers is an alumni of Google and currently serves as chief technology officer of New York-based Namely Inc., an HR data platform. Prior to Namely, Paul served as the chief technology officer of Austin-based RetailMeNot Inc. and as the vice president of engineering and operations at Austin-based Bazaarvoice Inc.
At the highest level, Paul and Jim are going to be our technology experts deep in product management and product engineering. They are going to be able to help our portfolio companies with their technology platforms, product market fit and how they can scale their technology.
Entrepreneur in Residence
Entrepreneur in Residence Adam Salamon most recently served as the founder and chief operating officer of Perk Inc, a mobile-first rewards and engagement platform that went public on the Toronto Stock Exchange before being acquired by RhythmOne PLC earlier this year. It is important to our firm’s culture to have a strong entrepreneur in our office helping us evaluate investment opportunities and figure out what they want their next project to be. Adam is a great entrepreneur with a strong track record and we want to be part of what he does next.
All of these additions are going to be bringing more resources to our entrepreneurs. We are formalizing this commitment by launching the Game Changers section on our site, where this growing advisory network will share their expertise, insights and reflect on the current investment landscape.
Check out our most recent post by our Venture Partner and Game Changer Zeynep Young. She reflects on Austin’s entrepreneurial community aiming for the ‘sweet spot’ and how startups can set themselves apart in the hunt for investment dollars.