Madrona’s 2017 Investment Themes
- Tim Porter, @tmporter and Linda Lian, @lindamlian and
Suplari, which announced their $3.1 million funding round today, is our newest investment in an area we helped define – Intelligent Applications. Intelligent Apps combine data and machine learning to provide real-time, actionable insight into business and consumer applications. Going back 4-5 years, we were investing in more horizontal… READ MORE
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
New Role Brings Deeper Level of Technology Expertise to Madrona Venture Labs Team
We are thrilled to announce that Jay Bartot has joined our Madrona Venture Labs team as Chief Technology Officer. Jay has been the cofounder of four successful startups, each of which leveraged big data and machine learning… READ MORE
In 2011, Marc Andreesen famously wrote a Wall Street Journal essay declaring that “software is eating the world.” Five years later, the five largest companies in the world by market capitalization are all software companies.
However, in today’s information economy, Apple, Alphabet,… READ MORE
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
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
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
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
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
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
Today we are proud to introduce the Seattle Technology Universe map. This map, the result of hundreds of hours of research, discussion, and associated work, has been a true community effort spearheaded by Madrona and the WTIA. Along with sponsors the University of Washington,