Mike Smerklo is co-founder and managing director of Next Coast Ventures. He has been active in the technology industry for over two decades. Prior to Next Coast, Mike was a limited partner of Stonewall Equity Partners. He also served as the chairman of ServiceSource International, Inc. and as member of its service executive industry board. Previously, Mike was part of the executive team at Loudcloud (Opsware) and held jobs in investment banking and public accounting. Mike was named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Finalist in Northern California in 2010. Mike is active in YPO and various Austin community-focused endeavors. Mike received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University and a BS in Business at Miami University.