Forbes 6/17/2015 – Shippable is a young startup born from the founders’ experience at the larger end of town. Shippable’s CEO, Avi Cavale was previously at Microsoft where he worked for over 10 years on projects such as Xbox and Kinect. Latterly, Cavale had 150 direct reports working on the first version of Kinect. Cavale’s team managed to ship the product with a surprisingly short 10-month build time.
Wired 6/24/2015 – THE INTERNET RECENTLY fell in love with picture-parsing websites that guess your age, and whether someone is your twin. Now it offers another spin on novelty image recognition: an algorithm that knows if someone’s naked.
Isitnude.com, launched this week by a company called Algorithmia, delivers on the promise of its straightforward URL.
Huffington Post 6/15/2015 – Google and I have developed a love/hate relationship as of late. When it comes to the latest marketing trends or figuring out which designer decided flared pants should make a come back, Google always delivers. When it comes to solving my most frustrating career challenges, not so much. This is why I decided to take a more “old school” approach — I asked a real life person, whose career and personal choices I admire and value for their advice.
More Capital to Support Exceptional Founders in Pacific Northwest and Beyond
Madrona is happy to announce today the closing of Madrona Venture Fund VI. The fund will support founders at the earliest stages as they build some of the most innovative businesses in the world. Madrona is grateful to work with the premier group of foundations, endowments, family offices and entrepreneurs who have invested in Fund VI and looks forward to putting that capital to work.
The Wall Street Journal 5/19/2015 – Chief information officers in the U.S. government are trying to learn from private sector CIOs how to transparently measure and communicate IT costs. A group of CIOs from various agencies traveled to California to meet with CIOs from Coca-Cola Co., Exxon Mobil Corp.XOM -0.01%, DuPont Co.DD -0.55%, SunTrust Banks Inc.STI -1.28% and other companies.
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Geekwire 5/19/2015 – Nielsen may be the top name in TV measurement — an industry juggernaut for 92 years with annual revenues of more than $6 billion and a market value of nearly $17 billion. In fact, founder Arthur Nielsen is even credited with coining the term “market share.”
Fortune 5/8/2015 – Which of your company’s pitch presentations translate into revenue most often? For that matter, which ones are modified most often by the sales team?
Three-year-old startup Highspot, founded by several former senior Microsoft managers, uses machine learning to answer these notoriously elusive questions.
PSBJ 5/7/2015 – Should Seattle’s biotech industry embrace working with the rest of the local tech industry or work separately?
That question set off a vigorous discussion at a biotech forum Wednesday at cancer research nonprofit Fred Hutch, hosted by news website Xconomy and attended by nearly every major biotech name in the Puget Sound region.
Xconomy 4/20/2015 – The real promise of the Internet of Things is connecting not just powered electronic devices, but the countless other everyday items that until recently have remained stubbornly isolated in the physical world.
Bloomberg Business 4/23/2015 – Madrona Ventures Managing Director Matt McIlwain and Bloomberg’s Jack Clark discuss Amazon’s web services with Bloomberg’s Cory Johnson on “Bloomberg West.” (Source: Bloomberg)
OZY 4/3/2015 – It’s many a little boy’s dream: Play football, row, wrestle your way through high school, letter in a Division 1 sport in college and then, somehow, actually make money by powering none other than the Final Four.
They probably did not dream of spreadsheets.
Bloomberg BusinessWeek 4/2/15 – When investors asked Kiran Bhageshpur whether his new tech startup meant he’d be moving back to Silicon Valley, he said no. Bhageshpur spent almost two decades in the Valley building business software before moving to Seattle, which he says has the ecosystem his latest venture needs.
Geekwire 3/30/2015 – Look across Seattle’s startup landscape, and you’ll see a commonality. Like the tree it takes its name from, Madrona Venture Group’s roots are everywhere. Partners teach entrepreneurial classes at the University of Washington. Organizations such as Techstars and UP Global rely on its support. And countless entrepreneurs have walked through the doors of the firm’s offices at 999 3rd Avenue hoping to add fuel and muscle to their startups.
Forbes 3/30/2015 – Perhaps the most overused quote in the technology industry comes from legendary investor Marc Andreessen who famously opined “software is eating the world”.
NPR 3/23/2015 – If you’re trying out for a job in sales, the person who judges your pitch may not be a person — it could be a computer.
Job recruitment is the newest frontier in automated labor, where algorithms are choosing who’s the right fit to sell fast food or handle angry cable customers, by sizing up the human candidates’ voices.
Let’s take a voice you know: Al Pacino. Think back to how he sounds in The Godfather, Devil’s Advocate, Scarface or this recent interview on Charlie Rose.
The New York Times 3/23/2015 – BELLEVUE, Wash. — Plastics. Computers. Metamaterials?
Almost half a century after Dustin Hoffman was taken aside in “The Graduate” and given the famous “one word” line about the future, it may be time to update the script again. And metamaterials appear to have the same potential to transform entire industries. Over the past 15 years or so, scientists have learned how to construct materials that bend light waves, as well as radar, radio, sound and even seismic waves, in ways that do not naturally occur.
Madrona Adds John McAdam, Sujal Patel and Steve Singh as Strategic Directors
Seattle, WA 3/19/2015 – Madrona Venture Group announced today the addition of three new Strategic Directors. John McAdam, Sujal Patel and Steve Singh will work with Madrona portfolio company founders and executives, sharing their insight and operating experiences as CEOs who grew smaller businesses into highly successful, public technology companies. As CEOs of F5 Networks (NASDAQ: FFIV), Isilon Systems (acquired by EMC) and Concur (acquired by SAP) respectively, these executives have built market leaders that have generated billions in revenue and economic value.
The Wall Street Journal 3/18/2015 – Two New York-based startups are merging, with potential IPO ramifications. AppNexus Inc., the automated online advertising technology firm, is acquiring rival Yieldex, the companies are set to announce. The cash-and-stock deal is worth about $100 million.
3/16/2015 – Qumulo Core Software Delivers Real-Time Analytics and Storage for Customers Including Ant Farm, Blind Studios, Densho, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, Sinclair Oil, Sportvision, TELUS Studios, University of Utah Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute, and ZOIC Studios
Qumulo, a new enterprise data storage company, came out of stealth today to introduce the world’s first data-aware scale-out network-attached storage (NAS).
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