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Greg Gottesman
Greg Gottesman

Managing Director
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About 15 years ago, after first joining Madrona, Greg Gottesman was meeting with managing director Tom Alberg and Matt Williams, the CEO of LiveBid, a new Madrona investment. “Matt looked barely old enough to have just attended his senior prom, but he had a cool product, was smart and highly energetic,” Greg recalled. “Tom leaned over to me and said, ‘Wouldn't it be great to make this guy a lot of money?’  I nodded. That was when I knew I would love this job.”

Today: Greg joined Madrona in 1997 and currently serves on the boards of Bocada, BuddyTV, Cheezburger, Intrepid Learning Solutions, JobalineThinkFire, and WildTangent.  He is the founder, current board member, and former CEO of Rover.com.  

"I love early-stage. I like really early-stage, like two guys and a great business idea. That's the most fun time working with a business, when every decision counts and every hire is critical.”

Successes: Greg was on the board of Decide (prior to its acquisition by eBay) and ThisLife (prior to its acquisition by Shutterfly) and worked closely with Venture Partner Oren Etzioni on Wavii (prior to its acquisition by Google). He also managed the firm's investments in Dantz Development Corporation (prior to its acquisition by EMC), Rendition Networks (prior to its acquisition by Opsware), Singingfish.com (prior to its acquisition by Thomson Consumer Electronics), LiveBid.com (prior to its acquisition by Amazon.com), and AdRelevance (prior to its acquisition by Media Metrix). Before joining Madrona, he worked as an Associate of the Boston Consulting Group.

Extracurricular: Greg serves on the board of UP Global (Startup Weekend) and as the President of the Evergreen Venture Capital Association. He is on the investment committee of the W Fund, a University of Washington-based venture fund focused on early-stage technologies. Greg was previously a board member of the Mercer Island Schools Foundation and the Seattle Repertory Theatre. He is the author of three books. Greg is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Washington Business School, where he teaches a course on Entrepreneurship. When not working, he spends time with his wife and three kids, watches too much reality TV, and regularly injures himself playing non-contact sports.

Education: Greg graduated Phi Beta Kappa with honors and distinction from Stanford University, with honors and distinction from the Harvard Business School, and with honors from Harvard Law School where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.

Managing Directors
Tom Alberg
Paul Goodrich
Greg Gottesman
Scott Jacobson
Len Jordan
Matt McIlwain
Tim Porter

Investment Professionals
John Carpenter
George Huang
David Rosenthal
Julie Sandler

Venture Partners
Kurt Delbene
Oren Etzioni
Dan Weld

Operations & Administration
Todd Davis
Hakon Verespej
Jennifer Chambers
Troy Cichos
Elise Hebb
Erika Shaffer

Strategic Directors
Jack Creighton
Gerald Grinstein
William D. Ruckelshaus

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