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February 12, 2020

Today, Madrona Venture Group announced that we’ve led the $7.6M Series A investment in Esper, an investment that Tim Porter and I spearheaded for the firm. Esper is a devops platform for Android IOT devices.

As everything around us becomes smart and connected, developers of devices have many new challenges. We are… READ MORE

AUTHOR:
S. Somasegar
February 11, 2020

We first met the Snowflake team three years and three months ago. At the time, Snowflake was at a sub-$10M revenue run rate, and we were skeptical that the world needed another data warehouse, given the number of other data warehouses from both the cloud providers and… READ MORE

January 15, 2020

(founding team – David, Joe, Ravs, Dave)

Today, we are excited to announce our investment in Uplevel, whose mission is to empower software engineering teams to do their best work. The company announced $7.5M in seed funding from Madrona, Norwest Venture Partners and Voyager Capital.

Engineering productivity has become a… READ MORE

January 6, 2020

Today, we’re excited to announce that Madrona has led the $16M Series A investment in TwinStrand Biosciences, a Seattle genomics company with the potential to profoundly impact all of us. TwinStrand’s technology will help detect cancer earlier when it can be most… READ MORE

AUTHOR:
Hope Cochran
August 27, 2019

Today, we are thrilled to announce leading Tesorio’s $10m Series A funding round. As a career CFO, I am always looking for ways to automate the back office and to apply modern technologies, such as ML/AI and RPA to the office of the CFO. When you are managing… READ MORE

July 18, 2019

Today, Lexion announced a $4.2 million Series Seed funding round led by Madrona, and we couldn’t be more thrilled.

The business world is filled with and ruled by an ever-increasing mix of complex documents that need to be constantly managed – from customer and vendor contracts to insurance agreements… READ MORE

May 14, 2019

I’m excited to welcome SeekOut to our portfolio. SeekOut is a game-changing solution for recruiters and hiring managers to identify and connect with high performers who have a demonstrated track record of solving problems that are relevant to their needs.

In our capacity as the Talent Team at Madrona,… READ MORE

April 19, 2019
March 7, 2019

We are excited to announce today our investment in Knock, a company that is building a modern marketing cloud for the multifamily property market. The company was founded by Tom Petry and Demetri Themelis, Seattle natives and University of Washington graduates who moved to New York… READ MORE

AUTHOR:
S. Somasegar
February 14, 2019

Today, Madrona announced the hiring of technology entrepreneur, investor, and advisor, Katie Drucker, to head the industry and business development relationships and partnerships for Madrona and its portfolio of companies. Relationships, whether they be customer or partner, are crucial for companies at all stages. Recognizing this… READ MORE

From left to right: Troy Cichos, Jennifer Chambers, Tasha Tieu, Ted Kummert. January 2019.

Recognizing the achievements of employees and the expanding footprint of the firm, Madrona today announced a set of changes to the core team that administers and operates the day to day business of the firm.  Additionally,… READ MORE

AUTHOR:
Hope Cochran
January 15, 2019

Hope Cochran and Amy Nelson, Founder and CEO of The Riveter. March 2018.

I am so honored and excited to be expanding my role with the Madrona team. I have long admired Madrona, not only for their sustained excellence in investing in local NW companies, but for their well-earned reputation… READ MORE

Madrona Managing Directors, from left to right: Tom Alberg, S. Somasegar, Scott Jacobson, Matt McIlwain, Tim Porter, Hope Cochran, Len Jordan (missing from photo: Paul Goodrich). January 2019.

We are excited to announce today that Hope Cochran is our newest Managing Director.  We have worked with Hope in her role… READ MORE

At Madrona, we look for exceptional founders attacking big markets.  Today, we are thrilled to announce our Series A investment in Eclypsium, the industry’s first enterprise firmware and hardware security platform. We couldn’t be more excited to lead another investment in a phenomenal Oregon-based team and join forces… READ MORE

AUTHOR:
S. Somasegar
November 15, 2018

We are excited to announce today our Series A investment in Shyft.

Since investing in Shyft’s seed round nearly two years ago, we have watched Brett Patrontasch (CEO) and team continue to make impressive progress against their goal of reinventing the way hourly workers manage their shifts and the… READ MORE

AUTHOR:
S. Somasegar
October 23, 2018

We are thrilled to announce that Terry Myerson is joining Madrona as a Venture Partner. Terry has a broad set of technical and business leadership experiences and has been a successful entrepreneur. His insights both at a technical and a business level combined with his penchant for action is… READ MORE

AUTHOR:
Tim Porter

We are thrilled to introduce the newest member of our investment team, Elisa La Cava, who has joined Madrona as Senior Associate. We are fortunate to meet many, many impressive associate candidates, but Elisa really stood out with her mix of start-up, strategy consulting, and venture capital experiences…. READ MORE

I am pleased to announce Madrona’s seed investment in Player Tokens Inc. (PTI) and our partnership with Kush Parikh, the founder and CEO. Kush joined Madrona as an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) in late 2017 and explored several ideas with the Madrona team, including a nascent category called… READ MORE

AUTHOR:
S. Somasegar
June 14, 2018

Today I am very excited to announce our investment in Pulumi.

Pulumi aims to fundamentally improve the way people build, manage, and interact with cloud-native applications, services, and infrastructure.

There is a massive movement to the cloud among enterprise customers around the world. As that trend continues to gather and… READ MORE

May 24, 2018

I am excited to announce our Series A investment in Crowd Cow, a curated online marketplace for high quality craft meats sourced from independent farmers. This is our third collaboration with Joe Heitzeberg and Ethan Lowry, the co-founders of Crowd Cow. Both Joe and Ethan worked on Poppy,… READ MORE