Soma joined Madrona in November 2015 and is a Managing Director at Madrona. Prior to Madrona, Soma had a successful twenty-seven year career at Microsoft Corporation. His last role at Microsoft was Corporate Vice President of the Developer Division. Soma has long been an angel investor with investments across a wide range of technology areas both in the U.S. and internationally. At Madrona, he is focusing on Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence, Intelligent Applications, Developer centric platforms and tools, and the emergence of new technologies such as VR/AR. He has authored several pieces outlining Madrona’s thinking about how these technologies will evolve.
Under Soma’s leadership, the Microsoft Developer Division, which supports over six million .NET developers worldwide, expanded its mission to deliver developer tools and services for mobile development and cloud development across a variety of platforms and programming technologies through the Visual Studio and .NET family of products.
Additionally, Soma was also the executive sponsor for global development at Microsoft and oversaw Microsoft’s Global Development Centers in China, India, and Israel.
On why Madrona
“I see a huge opportunity for a vibrant, thriving startup ecosystem in the Northwest. Pretty much any known technology company you know about and care about is here. Companies like Amazon and Microsoft are powerhouses, but there are also a plethora of companies who have risen up in the last 10 years. The amount of talent here is huge and together with the other pieces of the ecosystem, I see a tremendous amount of upside for the startup ecosystem in this geography. I’m excited to be a part of this growth.”
“One of my areas of passion and focus is around empowering and educating girls around the world. Having two daughters ourselves, my wife and I strongly believe in the great opportunity that exists globally in supporting women’s education and empowerment initiatives.” Soma also enjoys traveling with his family to different parts of the world, and also playing racketball on the weekends.
Soma holds a master’s degree in computer engineering from Louisiana State University and a bachelor’s degree in electronics and communication engineering from Guindy Engineering College, Anna University in Chennai, India. Soma also has an Honorary Doctorate from his alma mater, Anna University.