COO, Next Coast Ventures
Jonathan Kaplan is the chief operating officer of Next Coast Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm based in Austin with over $200 million AUM. In that role, Jonathan is responsible for all non-investing operations of Next Coast Ventures, supervising the firm’s investments into new and established portfolio companies, firm strategy and its diversity, equity and inclusion programs.
Jonathan previously served as chief legal officer and general counsel of Austin-based RetailMeNot, guiding the company in the public markets and through its $630 million acquisition by Harland Clarke Holdings. Jonathan also was head of corporate development and the founding executive sponsor of RetailMeNot’s diversity & inclusion (D&I) program. Prior to RetailMeNot, Jonathan was an attorney at leading international law firms based in California and Austin including DLA Piper and Latham & Watkins. Jonathan has a JD order of the coif from the University of California, Davis, where he was the editor in chief of the UC Davis Law Review, and a BA with high honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara.