CNN Money 11/23/15 Robots teach kids to code – How do you make coding fun for kids? Robots, obviously.
Dash and Dot are mini robots that do just that. Dash dances, sings, races around and responds to voice commands. Dot doesn’t move, but with an app, kids can code it to become a blinking nightlight, play tug-of-war with Dash and even bark.
Forbes 11/19/15 – Spare5 founder and CEO, Matt Bencke, is defying many entrepreneurial stereotypes. The former general manager of Microsoft’s Xbox and Windows phone launched his startup just over a year ago after a long, successful career at large companies. And recently despite being a for-profit tech co. and mobile app, discovered their untapped philanthropic potential by listening to their users.
Seattle, WA, November 18, 2015 – Madrona Venture Group, an early-stage venture capital firm, announced today that S. “Soma” Somasegar is joining as a Venture Partner. Soma joins Madrona after nearly twenty-seven years at Microsoft Corporation, where he most recently was Corporate Vice President of the Developer Division. Under Soma’s leadership, the Developer Division, which supports over six million .NET developers worldwide, expanded its mission to deliver developer tools and services for mobile development and cloud development across a variety of platforms and programming technologies through the Visual Studio family of products.
The White House Office of the Press Secretary 11/16/15 – President Obama Names Recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Barack Obama named seventeen recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. The awards will be presented at the White House on November 24th.
KUOW 11/13/15 – Seattle has become the center of a giant, invisible, global business, with Amazon and Microsoft as its core.
That business is the cloud, now estimated to be worth more than $15 billion to those two companies, which have become world leaders.
November 4, 2015, Seattle, WA – Madrona Venture Group (“Madrona”) announced today that Mike Fridgen is joining Madrona Venture Labs (“Labs”) as CEO. Madrona Venture Labs is a Seattle startup studio founded in 2014. Over the past eighteen months, the studio has created and spun out two companies. Under Fridgen’s leadership, Labs will double its staff of product managers, engineers, and designers as it continues to develop innovative Seattle startups in partnership with top local entrepreneurs.
TechCrunch 11/3/15 – Right off the launch of Lumo Run, Lumo Bodytech, a smart sensors and software platform, has raised $10 million in Series B financing.
By Matt McIlwain, Managing Director
Every decade a new “personal computing’ hardware platform breaks out commercially, and fundamentally transforms how we work and live. In the 1980’s it was the personal computer or desktop PC. The 1990’s saw the “portable” or laptop computer come of age enabling computing on the go and supporting the rapid adoption of the Internet. In the new millennium, smart devices — first phones and then tablets — transformed communication and collaboration.
Every year the University of Washington Computer Science & Engineering school holds a day where they open their doors and show off the latest research. Called the Industrial Affiliates day, companies from around the region come to see student work in areas that range from AI/Natural Language Processing to Ubiquitous Computing.
At Madrona we are passionate about helping entrepreneurs and founders build foundational technology companies. As we celebrate our 20th anniversary of investing in entrepreneurs and technology startups in the Pacific Northwest, Madrona is donating $20,000 to support education for public high school and college students Washington State in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The gift, which is split into two equal pieces, was donated to the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship organization (WSOS) and Code.org.
Geekwire 10/20/15 – Since 1995, Madrona Venture Group has touched — and impacted — a huge part of Seattle’s startup ecosystem. And many of those entrepreneurs and CEOs were out in full force Monday evening as the venerable Seattle venture capital firm celebrated its 20th anniversary.
The Seattle Times 10/18/15 – When Tom Alberg moved back to Seattle from New York in 1968, the biggest technology company in town was Boeing. A few medical-tech companies were on the horizon, but none had popped into view. Microsoft had yet to be dreamed up, and South Lake Union was free of towers.
Geekwire 10/14/15 – Seattle-based Impinj is kicking off a new chapter today as the company, which was founded in 2000, is finally seeing its RFID technology grab mainstream attention.
Marketing Land 10/14/15 – Using insights from an August 2015 survey by Highspot and Heinz Marketing and the recently published Definitive Guide to Sales Enablement, columnist Mary Wallace explains the ins and outs of sales enablement and how it can help you improve the customer experience and increase sales productivity.
TechCrunch 10/7/15 – Lumo, makers of the Lumo Lift posture correcting device, have released something to help runners create better form, too.
Called Lumo Run, it’s a wearables system consisting of Lumo “smart garments” – shorts for men and capris for women – and a device that fits inside the pocket of these garments that gives real-time feedback on an app to show the runner how they are performing with every strike of the heel.
Geekwire 10/7/15 – You can now request home improvement services from Pro.com with a few text messages or directly within Facebook Messenger.
The Seattle startup that’s looking to create one-stop shopping for home repairs today unveiled a new mobile messaging service called “Text-a-Pro” that lets customers receive flat-rate prices on home projects.
Authors: Tim Porter, Managing Director, and George Huang, Associate
There is no doubt that the cloud is a crucial part of the startup ecosystem and has become significant in Fortune 500 IT environments. We at Madrona surveyed our portfolio company CTOs to gauge how they are utilizing the cloud and what has changed in the four years since our first survey. Our findings show that AWS, as the category pioneer and leader, is dominant with startups and no other cloud provider is even close in terms of market share.
Seattle Business Magazine 9/25/15 – Congratulations to Tom Alberg for receiving the TechImpact Lifetime Achievement award recognizing his many decades of building companies in the greater Seattle region.
Algorithmia Blog 9/30/15 – It’s an honor to take part in this competition, where 12 of the top big data startups demonstrated their technologies to a room packed full of investors, entrepreneurs, and researchers.