[Webinar] Meet the VC: Kaitlyn DeBernardo| Next coast ventures
October 12, 2022
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.”
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