Tom Ball

Founder & Managing Director, Next Coast Ventures

Thomas Ball is a forming partner of Next Coast Ventures, which he is building in Austin with former ServiceSource CEO Mike Smerklo..

Thomas is a former Austin Ventures General Partner since 2005 and his investment and transaction experience and focus was on early-stage information technology companies, with a primary focus on Internet, software and technology-enabled business and consumer services.

While with AV, Thomas led investments in WhaleShark Media, Umbel, Gazzang, and Silvercar, and is also currently on the board of SGN (fka Mindjolt),, Adometry, and Boundless. He was also actively involved with AV portfolio companies Jigsaw (acquired by, Bazaarvoice (Nasdaq: BV), and Convio (Nasdaq: CNVO).

Before joining AV, Thomas was an entrepreneur and started two successful companies. He was the CEO and co-founder of Openfield Technologies, the leading provider of technology solutions for the ticket industry that merged with Razorgator Interactive Group. Prior to Openfield and Razorgator, Thomas was the CEO and Founder of eCoupons (acquired by Lifeminders – Nasdaq: LFMN).

He received his MBA from Stanford University and a BS in Finance from the University of Florida.

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