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Tom Alberg
Tom Alberg

Managing Director
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“We're not thinking of the exit the first time we meet an entrepreneur. We want to hear about you, your vision, your technology. The best entrepreneurs are trying to solve a problem for people, and they're interested in delivering something of value. If enough people want your product or service, the exit will take care of itself.”

 
Today: Tom currently serves as a director for several Madrona portfolio companies: Impinj, ShopIgniter, SNUPI, and Mercent. In addition, he serves on the board of Amazon.com. He currently serves as chair of the Seattle Foundation Investment Committee. He is also a board member of the national Executive Council of TechNet. "The most difficult part of my job? Measuring my enthusiasm for every idea I hear. There are a lot of exciting ideas out there."

Past lives: Immediately prior to co-founding Madrona Investment Group in 1995, Tom served as president of LIN Broadcasting Corporation and Executive Vice President of McCaw Cellular Communications, Inc. Previously, he was chair of the Executive Committee and Partner in the Northwest's largest law firm, Perkins Coie, where he was principal counsel for The Boeing Company, Alaska Airlines and a number of early technology companies. Before that he was an attorney with Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York. He is past chair of the Washington State Technology Alliance and the Discovery Institute, past chair of the Pacific Science Center and past president of Intiman Theater in Seattle. He was co-chair of the capital campaign for the Computer Science and Engineering Department's new building at the University of Washington.

Lessons learned: “Not every investment has been a home run. You learn something from each investment, and you apply it to the next one. If you don't invest in a Home Grocer, you'll never invest in an Amazon.com. Our ability and willingness to take risks has made us who we are today.”

Extracurricular: In addition to being an avid sailor, Tom recently joined forces with celebrated winemaker Mike Januik to build the Novelty Hill Januik winery in nearby Woodinville, WA. He is also one of the principal participants in the development of a new Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Seattle.

Education: A graduate of Ballard High School, Tom attended Harvard College, where he graduated cum laude. He then received his law degree from Columbia Law School where he was an editor of the Columbia 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
Robin Andrulevich
Jennifer Chambers
Troy Cichos
Elise Hebb
Erika Shaffer

Strategic Directors
Jack Creighton
Gerald Grinstein
William D. Ruckelshaus

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