Michael Smerklo

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Michael "Mike" Smerklo
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CitizenshipUnited States Of America
Alma materMiami University, Kellogg Graduate School of Management
OccupationManaging Director and Co-Founder of Next Coast Ventures
Board member ofNon-Exec Chairman at Nucleus Growth, Director at ServiceSource, Board Observer of Lecorpio Inc.
AwardsErnst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year

Michael “Mike” A. Smerklo[1] is an entrepreneur and accredited CPA, who has worked in the technology industry for more than 20 years. He is currently the managing director and co-founder of Next Coast Ventures.[1]


In 1991, Smerklo graduated from Miami University with a BS in Business Administration.[2] [1] He then went on to receive an MBA from Kellogg School of Management, graduating with distinction.[1]


Smerklo first began his career working as an investment banker for Morgan Stanley and Lehman Brothers. His expertise here was in corporate financing and mergers and acquisitions for tech companies. Following this, he joined the executive team at LoudCloud (Opsware) “driving sales, marketing and business development efforts."[1]

From January 2003-August 2014, Smerklo was the President and CEO of ServiceSource International, Inc. In this role, he led the team’s corporate strategy and grew the company to a publicly traded company (NASDAQ: SREV).[3] He was a member of its Service Executive Industry Board in December 2009 and held a role as chairman from November 2008-May 2015.[1]

Following his time at ServiceSource, he co-founded Nucleus Growth LLC and founded True North Venture Partners LLC.[1]

Today, Smerklo acts as managing director and co-founder for Next Coast Ventures, an Austin-based venture capital firm, founded in 2016.[4] He is still involved with his past endeavors. He is the Non-Exec Chairman at Nucleus Growth and a Director at ServiceSource and is also a Board Observer of Lecorpio Inc.[1] He is also a speaker.[3]


Smerklo has received many recognitions including winning Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. San Francisco Business Times and the The Wall Street Journal have also recognized him for his leadership. He has a recurring blog in Forbes.[3]


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  2. "Alumni news, Spring 2011". Miami University. May 2011. Retrieved 2020-08-14.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Mike Smerklo, Co Founder & Managing Director, Next Coast Ventures". www.topionetworks.com. Retrieved 2020-08-17.
  4. "Bloomberg - Are you a robot?". www.bloomberg.com. Retrieved 2020-08-17. {{cite web}}: Cite uses generic title (help)

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