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Next Coast Ventures expands team

Next Coast Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on investing in disruptive ideas and marketplaces, has hired venture partner Zeynep Young.

With experience as the founder and CEO of ed-tech company Double Line Partners, portfolio director at the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and an associate principal at McKinsey & Company, Young brings experience in entrepreneurship, technology and the social sector.
She is currently the CEO of milk + honey, a wellness and beauty company with a portfolio of day spas, salons and products in the organic, luxury market.
“I’m thrilled to bring my expertise to a forward-looking firm committed to changing the rules of the VC industry,” says Young. “With personal experience as both an entrepreneur and investor within the Austin business community, I am excited to turn my attention towards ‘next coast’ technology markets.”
“Zeynep fits perfectly into our team of former entrepreneurs,” says Mike Smerklo, co-founder and managing director at Next Coast Ventures. “Our primary goal is to be a strategic value-add to our portfolio investments, beyond the capital itself. Zeynep will be a vital component of our management team as we continue to scale the firm.”

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