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Announcing the Microsoft Ventures and Madrona Venture Group AI Startup Competition

- S. Somasegar

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AUTHOR:
Tim Porter
September 14, 2017

At Madrona, we like to invest in the best entrepreneurs in the Pacific NW attacking the biggest technology markets in the world. Beyond this, we love when we find a founding team that understands and is addressing an acute customer pain point in a way that aligns with our… READ MORE

AUTHOR:
S. Somasegar
August 3, 2017

It is exciting for me to announce our investment in SmartAssist and to welcome the team to our Madrona family. SmartAssist is applying AI to the business of customer support and is already assisting customers of brands you know including MailChimp and Twilio.

Application development and applications the last… READ MORE

March 14, 2017

Every year in March, Madrona wraps up what happened in 2016 and we sit down with our investors to talk about our business – the business of finding and growing the next big Seattle companies. First and foremost, our strategy is to back the best entrepreneurs in the Pacific… READ MORE

February 2, 2017

Photo  – The Xnor.ai Team

Today we announced our funding of Xnor.ai. We are excited to be working with Ali Farhadi, Mohammad Rastegari and their team on this new company. We are also looking forward to working with Paul Allen’s team at the Allen Institute for AI and… READ MORE

December 12, 2016

The momentum continues to build and scale in leaps and bounds. That’s the overwhelming observation and feeling at the end of the 5th annual conference that Amazon hosted in Las Vegas last week for AWS (Amazon Web Services).

Here are some of the key take-aways that we think will have the… READ MORE

September 18, 2016

The 2016 Data Science Summit just wrapped up in San Francisco and it was bigger and better than ever.  With over 1,300 attendees over two days, the conference combines business and academic leaders in a broad mix of machine learning areas – bringing together the latest in research with… READ MORE

Trying to go to the moon, but today we’re at the top of a tree

You can hardly talk to a technology executive or developer today without talking about artificial intelligence, machine learning, or bots. Madrona recently hosted a conference on ML and AI bringing together some of the biggest… READ MORE

June 1, 2016

Today we interact with many intelligent applications like the Google and Bing search engines, Spotify and Netflix media services, and the Amazon shopping experience. The… READ MORE

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

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

AUTHOR:
Taylor Soper
May 11, 2016

http://www.geekwire.com/2016/backed-amazon-paul-allen-kitt-ai-launches-first-hotword-detection-software-toolkit/

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