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Scott Miller Expands Role at Next Coast Ventures to Venture Partner

Leading Technology Executive, Entrepreneur, and Investor Expands Role at Austin-Based Venture Capital Firm

AUSTIN, Texas, November 17, 2021-- Next Coast Ventures, an Austin-based venture capital firm investing in entrepreneurs on the ‘Next Coast’ of innovation, announced today that Scott Miller has expanded his role to Venture Partner. The firm works to support the best entrepreneurs outside of the coasts by providing them access to a dynamic team of high-performing industry experts and Company Building Playbooks built from the Partners’ experiences as operators. Scott’s experience co-founding a high-growth software company, as well as leading several companies through hyper-growth, further enhances the Next Coast team and the ability to serve entrepreneurs.

Scott joins Next Coast Ventures with 25+ years of experience in high-growth technology companies as an entrepreneur, public company executive, and venture investor. His experience spans company growth stages from founding through IPO, across many different functions including product, sales, marketing, and finance.

Most recently, Scott was Co-Founder and VP of Products at TrustRadius, a pioneer in B2B technology reviews, where he led the design and development of both the site and of TrustRadius’ commercial offerings. Today, TrustRadius serves over 1 million in-market buyers and counts over 200 leading software companies as customers.

“Scott joining Next Coast as a Venture Partner is a huge win for our firm and entrepreneurs,” states Michael Smerklo, Managing Director and Co-Founder of Next Coast Ventures. “As a Co-Founder of one of NCV’s portfolio companies TrustRadius, we have seen Scott’s skillset up close and can confidently say he embodies our mantra of being ‘for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs.’ As an experienced founder and operator of high-growth tech companies, he will provide valuable insights as we continue to develop our Company Building Playbook to help support our founders as they scale.”

Prior to TrustRadius, Scott served as Chief Operating Officer of (acquired by, a white-label operator of marketplaces for consumers serving tens of millions of monthly visitors across dozens of publisher brands in the automotive and real estate verticals. Prior to Vast, Scott held various leadership roles in Corporate Development and Strategic Planning with SolarWinds, a provider of Enterprise IT management solutions. He founded and managed the company's Asia-Pacific headquarters in Singapore.

“I have continually been impressed over the years with the high caliber of entrepreneurs Next Coast Ventures works with, and the resulting quality of the portfolio,” says Miller. “Now as a Venture Partner, I am excited to use my own experiences as an entrepreneur to help find and assist other entrepreneurs grow the next great set of tech companies. It is an added bonus that I get to join such a great set of Venture Partners at NCV.”

Scott holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an M.Eng and SB degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

“I have known Scott for over 15 years since our time together at Austin Ventures, and I had the privilege of working alongside him on TrustRadius’ Board,” states Thomas Ball. “I have witnessed firsthand Scott’s ability to impact and lead high-growth technology companies. We are thrilled to leverage his operational and leadership skills with our portfolio founders, as well as continue to attract new entrepreneurs building exceptional technology companies.”

About Next Coast Ventures

Next Coast Ventures is an Austin venture capital firm that partners with bold entrepreneurs building innovative companies in big markets. It provides early-stage capital to high-growth startups in ‘Next Coast’ markets, using macro trends and themes to guide its investment strategy.

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