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Madrona’s Investment Themes for 2020 and Beyond

- Tim Porter and S. Somasegar

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June 10, 2020

Today, we are thrilled to announce a $4.5 million seed financing in Zeitworks, a company incubated at Madrona Venture Labs, that is automating process discovery, mapping and measurement. We are also excited to partner again with Ryan Windham – who previously was the CEO of Cedexis in our… READ MORE

May 14, 2020

When Madrona Venture Group was founded in 1995, it did not start by raising a venture capital fund right away. In the early days, Madrona invested with funds solely from the four founders: Tom Alberg, Paul Goodrich, Gerald Grinstein and William Ruckelshaus. It was a “super” angel group, so… 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

For all the articles on how to raise funding, timing comes up a lot less often. Yet, the question of when to raise is arguably just as — if not more important — than the question of how.  It is also more of an art than a science. At… 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

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
March 12, 2018

Pictured in photo:  From left to right, Nate Miller, S. Somasegar, Brian Saab & Amy Hutchins.

Welcome Unearth to Madrona!

It is always a happy occasion to welcome a family member back into the household.

With Madrona’s investment in Unearth Technologies, we are excited to be working again with Brian Saab (CEO/Co-Founder)… READ MORE

AUTHOR:
Mike Fridgen
February 26, 2018

Pictured in photo:  Spruce Up + Madrona Venture Labs Team

At Madrona Venture Labs we know it’s all about the founders and we could not be more confident in Spruce Up co-founders Mia Lewin CEO and Mike Dierken CTO. Today, they announced $1.5M in funding from backers known… READ MORE

January 31, 2018

L-R Abhishek Suthan, Maria Karaivanova, Dylan Zwick,  – not pictured – Akansha Mehta

Today we are very excited to announce our investment in Pulse Labs, a startup that is helping designers and developers understand how real people interact with their voice applications – and how to leverage this understanding to… READ MORE

AUTHOR:
Len Jordan
October 9, 2017

L-R Ian Blaine, CSO, Len Jordan, Madrona, Marty Roberts, CEO

A lot has changed in the media world since Bruce Springsteen delivered his eponymous lament “57 Channels and Nothing On” in 1984.  First, there are more than 57 ‘channels’ on cable and satellite TV. Neilsen data from a few years… READ MORE

AUTHOR:
Mike Fridgen
August 31, 2017

Bringing innovation to the $18B sports apparel market

After a year in development at Madrona Labs, our fifth company, Rep the Squad, launched yesterday. The response was enthusiastic (ESPN, USA Today, Geekwire) – as the company aims to power sports passion throughout the country and build community… READ MORE

It is exciting and super fun for me to announce our seed investment in Shyft and to welcome the team to our Madrona family.

Shyft serves the huge market of shift workers worldwide – from retail to food service and beyond.  They make it very easy for these hourly… READ MORE