Nick Efstratis

Co-Founder / Managing Partner

Nick Efstratis has been a venture capitalist investing in early stage technology companies over the last two decades.  He co-founded EPIC Ventures in 2009 after a decade with Wasatch Venture Fund.  He has weathered the Dotcom bust, the Great Financial Crisis and is now managing through Covid-19…and whatever comes next.


Nick is an operator whose early experiences at Excite (if you are under 40, Excite competed with Yahoo and could have bought Google) and, as a founding member of the management team at NetDocuments helped shape his commitment to entrepreneurs and founders.  He and his family also developed a working guest ranch in Montana, which taught him the value of customer service and is largely how he got into tech.

He has been involved in landmark investments such as Ancestry.com, the leader in genealogy; Mozy, a pioneer in online backup bought by EMC, iovation, bought by TransUnion and still stopping over 700,000 fraudulent transactions daily; and, Solutionreach, the inventor of patient engagement. Nick was also the first institutional investor in Instructure, the developers of Canvas, the most widely used learning management system. He served on the Board of Directors for seven years from seed through IPO.

Over the last decade, Nick has served as a judge for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. In addition, Nick was recently tapped to speak at The White House at The President’s American Leadership in Emerging Technology event.

Nick is a Managing Director of Zions SBIC and an Advisor to New U Venture Partners, an education and workforce development social impact fund.

Education

  • MBA – Brigham Young University
  • BS – Brigham Young University

Investments

  • AppDetex
  • EveryoneSocial
  • HyTrust
  • Kenzie Academy
  • Marketware
  • Medsphere Systems
  • PayStand
  • Xant
  • Vndly

Involvement

  • Instructure (IPO: INST)
  • Advanced Software (Embarcadero Technologies)
  • Ancestry.com (IPO: ACOM)
  • iovation (TransUnion)
  • Mozy (EMC)
  • Netdocuments (Clearlake Capital)
  • SaltStack (VMware)
  • Solutionreach (Summit Partners)
  • Tricipher (VMware)
  • SpinGo (Events.com)