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June 18, 2021

If you’re an early stage founder, fundraising pitches are one of the highest leverage conversations you can have in your entrepreneurial journey. This stressful process can be less stressful if you know what investors look for in a pitch deck.  This guide is tuned for venture investors but can be a good framework for angel… LEARN MORE >

AUTHOR: Matt McIlwain | June 10, 2021

Pictured above Co-founders of Nautilus Biotechnology Parag Mallick and Sujal Patel with Matt McIlwain. Sometimes you have a set of events that lead you to reflect on the past, present and future.  This week of June 7th, 2021 was one of those times for me. Four Madrona companies we have partnered with from Day One… LEARN MORE >

AUTHOR: S. Somasegar | AUTHORS: and Ishani Ummat | June 9, 2021

Madrona held a webinar for angel investors and angel curious investors in June of 2021.  Hosted by S. Somasegar and Ishani Ummat, the conversation was engaging with Kirby Winfield of, Yoko Okana of First Row Partners and Sharad Agarwal of Grubstakes, an angel network, talking about everything from valuations to deal flow.  Though touching… LEARN MORE >

AUTHOR: S. Somasegar | June 9, 2021

I first met Observe CEO, Jeremy Burton when I started attending the Snowflake board meetings in 2017.  The first thing that struck me was that his reputation as one of the best GTM leaders in the enterprise software space was very well deserved.  In addition to that, I also noticed that Jeremy had a fantastic… LEARN MORE >

AUTHOR: Erika Shaffer | May 14, 2021

Founders going after venture dollars must, at some point, build their seed pitch and sit down with investors to tell their story and recruit dollars, hearts, and minds to their cause.  A seed round is generally the first round raised from people who are not related to you in some way – either through family… LEARN MORE >

May 13, 2021

Madrona has been investing in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning since 2013, when we started our Day One partnership with Carlos Guestrin of Turi.  Over time our investment themes have embraced not only the core platforms required for AI and ML but the outcome of these technologies – the intelligent apps that are possible once… LEARN MORE >

AUTHOR: Hope Cochran | AUTHORS: and S. Somasegar | May 11, 2021

At Madrona, we love partnering with founders from their very early days of idea formation, and our commitment to this is further highlighted in our tight partnership with Madrona Venture Labs (MVL), the incubation arm of Madrona Venture Group. We are excited about MVL raising $8M and to have led their most recent funding. For… LEARN MORE >




Starting a company is a lonely business. Finding co-founders can be the solution to this – but what if you don’t know anyone who fits the bill?  Linda Lian of Common Room… LEARN MORE >


In this week’s episode, investor Matt McIlwain speaks with CEO of Accolade, Raj Singh.  Raj & Steve Singh (now a Madrona investor)  along with Mike Hilton started Concur in… LEARN MORE >


In this episode of Founded and Funded, Anu Sharma continues her deep dive into commercial open source projects and talks to Jeremiah Lowin, the founder and CEO of LEARN MORE >


Going back to the archives to bring forward one of our most popular episodes which is a deep dive on Hope Cochran’s journey to investor, public board member and colleague.  She tells… LEARN MORE >


In this episode of Founded and Funded, Madrona Managing Director, Scott Jacobson, and co-founder and CEO of Knock, Demetri Themelis, team up to talk about Knock’s fundraising journey. Deciding… LEARN MORE >