GO FOR IT. YOU’VE GOT BACKUP.

We are a team of thinkers, doers, optimists, pragmatists, strategists, cheerleaders and collaborators. And we work for you.

 

Matt McIlwain

Managing Director

Matt invests in a broad range of software-driven companies with a focus on cloud computing, intelligent applications and the intersection of the digital and physical world. His words of advice to would-be entrepreneurs: “Truly understand the customer and their needs first and work your way back to a modern, technology-differentiated solution to their needs.”

Past lives

Before joining Madrona in 2000, Matt was vice president of business process for the Genuine Parts Company (NYSE:GPC). He also was an engagement manager at McKinsey & Company, concentrating on strategy and marketing in technology-driven sectors and prior to that worked in investment banking at Credit Suisse.

Extracurricular

Matt is a board member of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Washington Policy Center. Matt enjoys going on adventures with his family, discussing public policy issues and trying out new technologies. He is also an avid runner and a major Sounders and Seahawks fan.

Awards and recognition

In 2017, Matt was named Emerging Company Director of the year by the Puget Sound Business Journal, in partnership with the prestigious National Association of Corporate Directors’ (NACD) Northwest chapter. He was also named in 2016, 2017, and 2018 to the list of top 100 Venture Capitalists by CB Insights and The New York Times. In 2011, he received the Washington Policy Center’s Champion of Freedom Award. He was also named to the Forbes Midas List in 2008, 2009 & 2011.

Education

Matt is a graduate of Dartmouth College and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Favorite part of the start-up process

Celebrating the early customer wins and revenue. “Every great founding team has terrific passion, energy and confidence at that moment!”

“The Pacific Northwest is a highly collaborative and vibrant ecosystem. It has truly world-class talent, with more moving here every week across cloud computing, intelligent apps and multi-sense UI/UX. And then there’s the amazing beauty of this place!”