Fellows Directory

Thomas Ball

Next Coast Ventures

Tom is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Next Coast Ventures, and has been an entrepreneur and early-stage investor for over 20 years.

Before co-founding Next Coast Ventures, Tom was a General Partner with Austin Ventures, where he spent 10 years investing in and working with entrepreneurs to build great companies. Earlier, 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). He also worked for a few years as a strategy consultant with Mitchell Madison Group.

Tom is active in his local community, serving on the Boards of the local PBS affiliate, KLRU—home of the Austin City Limits television show—and the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Central Texas.

Education, Personal, and Fellowship

Tom earned his MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University and a BS in finance at the University of Florida.

A member of Class 10, Thomas served his fellowship at Austin Ventures under mentor Chris Pacitti.