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- S. Somasegar and Daniel Li

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December 6, 2016

By Taylor Soper, Geekwire.

For an NFL player, there is a lot more to life than what goes on in between the sidelines on Sundays. Sure, competing in the world’s premier football league is a remarkable achievement. But being a professional athlete also provides numerous business-related opportunities for both current… READ MORE

November 23, 2016

The 5th Annual AWS re:Invent is a week away and I am expecting big things. At the first ever re: Invent in 2012, plenty of start-ups and developers could be found, but barely any national media or venture capitalists attended. That has all changed and today, re:Invent rivals the… READ MORE

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Len Jordan
November 17, 2016

The wireless infrastructure industry in the Pacific NW has a long history – from McCaw to AT&T Wireless to T-Mobile.  Madrona is very excited to be announcing our investment in M87 which provides better connectivity over existing infrastructure to wireless consumers, infrastructure providers and app developers. This company… READ MORE

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Tim Porter
November 17, 2016

We could not be more excited to be investing in Heptio.  Heptio is aiming to become the Kubernetes company and is founded by two of the creators of Kubernetes at Google, Craig McLuckie and Joe Beda.  Specifically, Kubernetes is the leading open source cluster manager for containers; but,… READ MORE

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October 21, 2016

This week, Madrona, Apptio and Smartsheet each hosted classes of students from Renton High School and Lindbergh High School from the Renton School District.  This was part of Challenge Seattle’s support of DiscoverU – a week during which schools around Washington state focus… READ MORE

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Tom Alberg
October 20, 2016

Note: As part of The Road Map Project’s DiscoverU Campaign to get high school students to think about higher education, Madrona hosted more than 30 students from Renton High School to learn about jobs in the startup world. Tom Alberg shares this post as his thoughts for students who… READ MORE

Matt McIlwain, Mehrdad Hessar, Hank Levy, Ed Lazowska
October 20, 2016

Every year, Madrona MDs, Investment Professionals and other staff look forward to the UW CSE Industrial Affiliates day.  Graduate students present posters on their research, which ranges from Robotics to Machine Learning to Databases.  At the end of the day, Madrona awards a Madrona Prize and recognizes runner up… READ MORE

October 17, 2016

The Persistent Desire for Virtual Reality  – The desire for virtual reality is no new revelation. Since the renaissance times artists have played with panoramas, depth, and other tools of perception to create illusions that are virtually or “almost” real. 

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(L-R Jason Needham, CMO; Paul Allen, CTO; S. Somaseagar, Venture Partner; Tom Hull, CEO)

It is a lot of fun for me to announce our investment in CloudCoreo and to welcome the team to our Madrona family. Again.

We have had a great experience working with Tom Hull and… READ MORE

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Ryan Metzger

One year ago I took advantage of a rare opportunity by accepting a ‘growth role’ at a venture firm. My job is to help our portfolio companies grow and this has given me a unique vantage point to witness the difference between successful and unsuccessful companies when it comes… READ MORE

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