Why the Greatest Entrepreneurship Hurdle is in Your Mind



Episode #238: Mike Smerklo

Hosted by Ryan Tansom

On today’s show, Mike Smerklo, Managing Director of Next Coast Ventures, talks about his journey scaling a small business into a publicly-traded company worth nearly a billion dollars. He shares how imposter syndrome survives our successes, even big ones like raising capital and doing an IPO, and what we can do to get the monkey off our back. We’ll do a deep dive into the mechanics of his rounds of financing and share tips on managing and treating customers, creating value, how to get your team on board, and why he’d never make a deal without tying equity to both sides of the table. Mike has achieved 40% year-over-year, so this is an episode you don’t want to miss.

Listen to the full interview here.