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Welcome WhyLabs – the AI Observability Platform for massive scale data monitoring and collaborative AI operations

- Tim Porter and Maria Karaivanova

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September 23, 2020

At Madrona, we love partnering with founders from their very early days of idea formation and for the long run. Now that WhyLabs emerged from stealth, we are thrilled to announce that we led the $4 million Series Seed investment in WhyLabs, the AI observability platform for massive… READ MORE

May 20, 2020

(Sujal Patel and Parag Mallick, co-founders of Nautilus)

The code of life, biology and chemistry, have been constantly evolving for millions of years. The code of computing has functioned for less than 100 years. Today, those domains are coming together to transform the ways we understand and improve life and… READ MORE

February 3, 2020

One of the most fun opportunities I get as a venture capitalist is to partner with founding teams from the very beginning of their journey. It’s with great pleasure that I get to announce one such journey, which we have been working on for a while … our investment… READ MORE

January 14, 2020

Madrona is approaching our 25th Anniversary as a firm committed to seed stage investing in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. Over the past 25 years we have made 155 seed stage investments (on average 6 per year), from Amazon in 1995 to OctoML in late 2019. In… READ MORE

November 11, 2018

The journey from Day One to building a successful customer base, company and market category is exhilarating! As company building partners, we are honored to work with great entrepreneurial teams every day. One of the most special companies and groups of people we have ever worked with is Apptio…. READ MORE

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Tim Porter
November 6, 2018

We are thrilled for Heptio’s acquisition by VMware!  This transaction is another resounding reinforcement that Kubernetes has become the de facto standard for infrastructure across clouds.  It is also a tremendous validation of Heptio’s team, vision and execution.

Deciding “when to sell” is one of the toughest decisions faced by… 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

May 22, 2018

Today the Madrona Team is gratified to announce our latest $300 million fund, Madrona Fund VII, for investing in exceptional technology entrepreneurs and founders in the Pacific Northwest from Day One.  Our longstanding endowment, foundation and family office investors see a huge amount of opportunity for growth in our… READ MORE

May 4, 2018

Technology IPOs have rebounded the past couple of years with an especially strong start to 2018. In the first four months of 2018, there have already been 17 tech IPOs raising over $8 billion which is double the pace of 2017 in deals and capital raised. And, three… READ MORE

September 7, 2017

(Jason LeeKeenan and Russell Wilson of TraceMe)

At Madrona we meet many outstanding entrepreneurs and innovators. Sometimes we meet them when they are starting a company, like Sujal Patel from Isilon or Jesse Rothstein from Extrahop. Other times, like Aaron Easterly from Rover or David Shim from Placed, we got… READ MORE

August 22, 2017

It was the spring of 2006.  Professor Hank Levy, incoming Chair of the University of Washington Computer Science Department (now the Paul G. Allen School) and I were catching up.  Hank and I had previously worked together on a successful start-up that he and his grad students co-founded… READ MORE

July 31, 2017

Madrona has been celebrating successful IPOs and M&A transactions recently, with several companies we partnered with from the earliest days. In fact, Redfin (RDFN) went public last week and the Placed acquisition by Snapchat closed two weeks ago. These companies combine digitally-driven and physically-driven capabilities to deliver real value… READ MORE

July 23, 2017

There is something very special about being part of the team that builds a company from Day One.  We at Madrona have been both dogged and fortunate in our pursuit of Day One opportunities.  Placed is one of those.  The company’s acquisition by Snap! which closed last week is… READ MORE