Tom is co-founder and managing director of Next Coast Ventures. He has a simple vision to create a different kind of venture capital firm focused on company building, thought leadership and giving back to the Austin community. With a dedication to investing in entrepreneurs building disruptive companies in big markets, Tom is pursuing a new model of VC “built for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs”. He has been an entrepreneur and early-stage investor for over 20 years. Prior to co-founding Next Coast Ventures, Tom was a general partner with Austin Ventures where he spent ten years investing in and working with entrepreneurs to build great companies. Previously, he was the founder of Tahoe Domains, an ICANN accredited registrar; CEO and co-founder of Openfield and Razorgator Interactive; and chairman, CEO and founder of eCoupons (acquired by Lifeminders-NASDAQ: LFMN). Tom is active in his local community serving on the Boards of the local PBS affiliate and home of the Austin City Limits television show, KLRU, and the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Central Texas. Tom received his MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University and a BS in Finance at the University of Florida. He is also a Kauffman Fellow.