Meet The VC: Julian Castelli from Next Coast Ventures

April 10, 2024


Julian Castelli

Next Coast Ventures

Meet the VC is a monthly panel event hosted by Escalon and its partners. This month, we had an engaging discussion with  Julian Castelli from Next Coast Ventures to discuss fundraising, investment thesis, the current investment climate and more with our partners Gunderson Dettmer, and Cake Equity.


About Julian Castelli 

Julian is an experienced Founder, CEO, Board Director and Operating Executive in the technology industry. Julian has been representing Next Coast Ventures as a Venture Partner since 2019, and has led the firm’s investments in exciting Utah SaaS companies like Chargeback and Savi. Julian was the founder and CEO of VacationRoost and LeisureLink, two Utah companies that helped pioneer e-commerce for the vacation rental industry. After exiting LeisureLink in 2017, Julian has been actively helping to grow technology companies in both executive roles (Voxpopme – COO/CFO,

Propelus – CFO) and through board leadership roles (Redica Systems, Administrate, AtlasRTX, Stellar and Chargeback). Julian is passionate about helping entrepreneurs and tech executives, and hosts an annual Tech Summit in Park City called Growth Elevated. He also hosts the Growth Elevated Leadership Podcast. Prior to jumping into the startup scene, Julian was CFO of PageNet and Primedia and had prior experience as a consultant with McKinsey and an investment banker with Goldman Sachs. Julian lives in Park City, UT with his wife Jennifer and three children. When not working with technology companies, Julian can be found skiing or mountain biking in the beautiful Wasatch Mountains of Utah, or coaching the Park City High School Football team. Julian grew up in New Jersey and his career has taken him across the United States with stops in NY, Boston, LA, Dallas and

Atlanta before calling Utah home. He received a BA in Political Science from Amherst College and an MBA from Harvard University.

About Next Coast Ventures

Next Coast Ventures is an Austin-based venture capital firm that partners with bold entrepreneurs seeking to build innovative companies in big markets. With over $500 million in assets under management, Next Coast provides its growing group of portfolio companies with hands-on, company-building resources through its strong industry network and the founders’ own experiences as entrepreneurs and operators.

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About Escalon

Escalon offers all the essential business services needed to maintain a company. A single, trusted resource for everything from part-time CFO services and HR, to accounting, tax, payroll, and insurance.

Experience the peace of mind of having all your company’s back-office needs running seamlessly in the background. Escalon is centered around the idea of making life easier for serial entrepreneurs and savvy CEO’s.

We’re with you at every stage. Our strategic advice and efficient services in finance & people-related matters enable us to escort early stage companies through transformation into large enterprises or successful exits.

Meet our partners

Gunderson Dettmer

Gunderson Dettmer is the preeminent international law firm with an exclusive focus on the innovation economy. We serve market-leading venture capital and growth equity investors and pioneering private companies through inception, growth, and maturity, as well as the groundbreaking public companies that result from the global venture capital ecosystem.

With an exclusive focus on rapidly evolving industries, we attract talent that is hungry to be a part of the innovation economy. We have unmatched experience and technical acumen that allow us to predict, prioritize, and produce strategic solutions for our clients at every business phase. With scalable capabilities and high-touch service, and through trusted relationships and uniquely pragmatic advice, we propel our clients toward what’s next.


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Cake Equity

We’re a healthy, positive, and smart bunch of people (humble brag) focused on having a positive impact by being missionaries, not mercenaries.

We are a tight, diverse team located all over the world, with offices in Australia, Portugal, the Philippines, and the US.

Bringing decades of experience from startup, scale-up, legal, entrepreneurship, and Fortune 500, we’re on a mission to empower founders and their teams, by making global equity simple and fast, so they can build a better future for all of us.


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