[Webinar] Meet the VC: Kaitlyn DeBernardo| Next coast ventures

October 12, 2022


Kaitlyn DeBernardo

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 Kaitlyn DeBernardo of Next Coast Ventures to discuss fundraising, investment thesis, the current investment climate, and more. with our partners Cherry Bekaert, Silicon Valley Bank & TriNet.

About Kaitlyn DeBernardo

Kaitlyn DeBernardo joined the firm as Partner and Head of Platform at Next Coast Ventures nearly 8 months ago. She holds experience in high-growth company building further enhances the Next Coast team’s ability to support entrepreneurs within its portfolio with hands-on operational expertise.
DeBernardo is a Stanford GSB grad and was an early employee at Workrise (formerly known as RigUp), a high-growth workforce management platform based in Austin, Texas. During her time there, the company raised over $700mn from their Series B to E funding rounds, from notable investors like Founders Fund, Andreesen Horowitz, Bedrock Capital, and Baillie Gifford. She started her career at Bank of America Merrill Lynch on the equity desk in New York advising institutional investors.

About Next Coast Ventures:

Next Coast Ventures (NCV) is an Austin-based venture capital firm with over $500mm in AUM. Founded in 2016 by Mike Smerklo and Tom Ball, NCV has invested in 75+ companies, with a focus on “next coast” businesses. Leveraging the partners’ extensive experience as both operators and investors, NCV is “built for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs.”

Watch the replay of the event above, or here.

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

Cherry Bekaert

Cherry Bekaert delivers digitally driven and industry-aligned solutions to elevate our clients from mid-market players to market leaders in a hyper-competitive landscape. Ranked among the largest accounting firms in the United States, we offer specialized solutions across assurance, tax, business valuations, digital consulting, M&A and other advisory services to advance our client’s business goals. For over 75 years, global corporations, private businesses, government entities, nonprofits, emerging firms, start-ups and successful individuals have relied on Cherry Bekaert to guide them forward as their growth advisor.

Silicon Valley Bank

Silicon Valley Bank, the bank of the world’s most innovative companies and investors, provides commercial banking services, expertise and insights into the technology, life science and healthcare, private equity, venture capital and premium wine industries. Silicon Valley Bank operates in centres of innovation around the world and is one of SVB’s core businesses with SVB Capital, SVB Private and SVB Securities. With global commercial banking services, Silicon Valley Bank helps address the unique needs of its dynamic, fast-growing, innovative clients.

Learn more at svb.com.


TriNet is a professional employer organization, or PEO, that provides small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) with full-service HR solutions tailored by industry. To free SMBs from HR complexities, TriNet offers access to human capital expertise, benefits, risk mitigation and compliance, payroll and real-time technology. From Main Street to Wall Street, TriNet empowers SMBs to focus on what matters most—growing their business.