FREE & open to all! We believe that great things don’t happen in a vacuum, and we encourage everyone to venture out to network once a month at Chance Meetings. This is an informative, casual, fun networking event that takes place the first Monday of every month from 5 – 7pm at The Rose (50 W Broadway Ave in Jackson). Have an idea? Have a question? Experience to share? Looking for like-minded people? We average 65 – 85 attendees, with new faces in the audience each month. Content ranges from panel discussions to speed networking. Everyone is welcome. Show up, bring ideas, ask questions!
Please note the date change due to the
Labor Day Holiday!
Monday, September 10th
5-7 pm @The Rose-50 West Broadway
Sometimes all you need is the right connection and a little inspiration. Well, what are you waiting for? Come find both at our free monthly networking event. You never know...
Theme: An Entrepreneur's Journey with Mike Smerklo
Mike Smerklo, Silicon Couloir Trustee, a seasoned entrepreneur, and venture capitalist, will join us and share his lessons learned.
In Mike's own words...
My name is Michael Smerklo. I’m an entrepreneur and investor. I am Co-Founder of a Venture Capital firm in Austin, Texas called Next Coast Ventures. Prior to this, I bought a small technology services company, ServiceSource, and ran it for 12 years, taking it from a small startup to a public company with over 3,000 employees around the world. I was also one of the first employees at a pioneer cloud services company called Opsware (then Loudcloud), that also went public. Before becoming an entrepreneur, I had (and thoroughly hated) jobs in investment banking and public accounting.
My communications are focused on helping other entrepreneurs reach their goals by sharing what I have learned along the way. It is focused on the non-obvious things I learned along my journey. I call it “TOS,” which is short for The Other Sh*t. Lessons that you can’t learn in standard business books, big company jobs or in a classroom. TOS comes from being an entrepreneur, taking risks and making mistakes.s
My goal is to share my learnings about TOS so I can help other entrepreneurs be successful. I’m primarily focused on leadership, growth and helping companies scale. And I hope that you will laugh at least once, even if just on the inside.
The entrepreneur’s journey is really, really hard work – but there is no other job like it in the world. So now I’m focused on investing in and working with exciting growth companies – especially helping amazing entrepreneurs grow and scale their businesses.