Walter Gonzales, Founder and President of Goja, an Amazon-focused business with a goal to be the largest Amazon seller in the world. Working with Next Coast was an easy decision for Walter. After spending years talking to different investors, the Next Coast partners' willingness to add value in anything from the day-to-day questions to long-term strategies, fundraising, and scaling, showed they truly are entrepreneurs at heart and are there to serve the entrepreneur and their venture.
Brent Pearson, Founder and CEO of Enboarder, started Enboarder in 2015 after a successful career at numerous companies in the HR Tech space. The team at Enboarder has created the leading SaaS product focused on empowering companies to get the best out of their people by engaging employees in a unique and positive Employee Experience. NCV Co-Founder Thomas Ball cold emailed Brent after hearing he was moving the company from Australia to Austin and since has been actively involved in helping scale the business.
Julia Cheek, Founder of EverlyHealth, joined the Next Coast family when raising a Series A in 2017. Since the early days, Next Coast Co-Founder, Mike Smerklo, has sat on the board and played an active role mentoring Julia as the company has grown from a groundbreaking idea into a company that is redefining the future of digital healthcare. We are proud to be part of the story!
Sarah Puil, Founder and CEO of BOXT was an Entrepreneur in Residence at Next Coast Ventures in 2019 before launching her direct-to-consumer wine company, BOXT. She sat alongside our Co-Founder, Mike, in the Next Coast offices and perfected her business idea before launching the business in late 2019. Since that time her team has been defining the “future of wine” customer by customer and we are thrilled to be part of the journey!
Our thematic research provides a data-driven approach to partnering with glass-eating entrepreneurs and category winners.
First, we choose our investing themes (sectors are overrated).
Then, we partner with glass-eating entrepreneurs operating within those themes.
Finally, we use our experienced resources to send their companies into hyper-growth.
We’ve been entrepreneurs and have journeyed through the crucial stage of the journey. Taking from our own experiences, we created our dream list of resources for founders to hit that first goal...then the next goal, then the next goal. It’s everything we wish we’d had known when building our companies.
We founded Next Coast because we want to share the winning strategies that we learned when we were building our ventures. Our goal is to help founders cut down on the learning curve of launching a business and not repeat the mistakes we’ve already army-crawled our way through.
Leveraging our extensive experience as both operators and investors, we really are “built for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs.”