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May 25, 2016

Dan provides interesting guest commentary with Geekwire:  In short, the biggest threat posed by AI is not the advent of autonomous machines, but of human beings losing their autonomy by being driven from the production process. We must confront the potential for serious social unrest, perhaps even… READ MORE

May 17, 2016

Julie was interviewed on some hot topics related to venture, investing, and startups.  One excerpt here is on the topic of what to look for in an investor. She would add “hustle, horsepower, network, experience and savvy!” to her commentary here!

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The Seattle Times 5/11/16 – Chances are the entity managing your favorite smartphone app or Internet service isn’t a person.

Algorithms are setting the price of your airline ticket and hailing your Uber driver. They’re placing the vast majority of stock-market trades.

And we’re only at the beginning of a transition that is… READ MORE

Today at Madrona we are excited to announce our seed investment in Integris, a data risk intelligence solution that enables companies to discover, classify and control how they’re using their customers’ data.  This control enables companies to protect customer data and more easily comply with the complex set of… READ MORE

April 22, 2016 – Seattle is the world’s cloud capital — and not just because of its overcast winter weather. During a panel at this month’s iCONIC event in Seattle, Julie Sandler, principal at Madrona Venture Group, said that the area was the world’s cloud capital, with two of the industry’s… READ MORE

S. Somasegar
March 16, 2016

Over the last 10 years, I had been doing — or should I say dabbling in — angel investing. With time and some hard knocks, I ended up with a simple philosophy.

If I liked the founder(s) and thought they had the execution capability and they wanted me to invest,… READ MORE

Erika Shafer
February 25, 2016

The following is an excerpt from a memo that Madrona shared with our investors as we plan for the year ahead and provides guidance to venture backed companies about what they should expect from their investors, especially with current market conditions.  


Daniel Li
February 23, 2016

From a 2011 spinoff of to a $1 billion acquisition by Amazon in 2014, Twitch has taken over eSports viewing and led the growth of the broader live-streaming market. At the time of the acquisition, many people outside of gaming and media had never heard of Twitch and… READ MORE

February 22, 2016

Will a new crop of Seattle startups rise to world domination? Will virtual or augmented reality applications create the next powerhouse tech company?

Those are two of the overriding hopes and ambitions emerging from the Seattle segment of my informal cross-country survey of leading investors as I seek to unearth… READ MORE

Only a few years ago, driverless cars were a pipe dream. Because of technological challenges and regulatory obstacles, experts believed that driverless cars would not be feasible for decades in the future, if at all. Nevertheless, in a surprisingly short period of time, we’ve observed rapid innovations which are… READ MORE




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