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DiscoverU – Tom Alberg’s Advice to High School Students

- Tom Alberg

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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

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

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

September 26, 2016

As recent entrants into the Venture Capital world, we continue to be positively surprised by the vibrancy of the start-up activity, the quality of tech talent and the richness of the innovation ecosystem in Seattle.  Neither of us are new to the technology scene. Soma has been with Microsoft… READ MORE

September 25, 2016

We are thrilled to announce Essential (, which is the third spin-out from Madrona Labs.  Essential provides intelligent messaging experiences for businesses and was born from our real-world experience building and working with companies that have figured out how to build large, transactional businesses on top of messaging platforms…. READ MORE

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Seattle and Vancouver have a huge opportunity to reduce congestion, improve the travel experience, reclaim productive hours and reduce accidents on the I-5 Cascadia Corridor by implementing a plan over the next decade that accelerates the introduction of autonomous vehicles on the corridor.  Committing… READ MORE

September 6, 2016

Every VC-backed company board gets to evaluate company exits from time to time and often these decisions occur when there is an opportunity to raise more capital. If you have been in the industry for a while, you have experienced various forms of the three main types of late-stage… READ MORE

August 11, 2016

World-class teams, compelling problems to solve and sustainably differentiated solutions. These are ingredients for a promising venture investment. At Madrona, we usually focus on early-stage companies that are differentiated through information technology and based in the Pacific Northwest. We believe, now more than ever, our strategy will help build… READ MORE




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