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 something that will be valuable in working with start-ups and entrepreneurs whether they are at an early stage or have reached a level of scale at a later stage.
Terry joins us from a long and illustrious career at Microsoft where he was most recently the Executive Vice President for the Windows and Devices Group. While at Microsoft, Terry was responsible for the software platform and devices within Microsoft’s workplace, gaming and cloud solutions. This included Windows, Surface, Xbox, Windows Server, InTune, Advanced Threat Protection and HoloLens Mixed Reality.
Terry started out as an entrepreneur. He founded Intersé, one of the first web software companies, which Microsoft acquired in 1997.
At Microsoft he took that penchant for action that is crucial for startup founders to lead teams to create some of Microsoft’s most successful products. His team created Windows 10, which has the highest customer satisfaction of Microsoft platforms to-date with over 700 million customers and growing. Terry also led the Exchange team, during which time it became the world’s most popular business communications system and the foundation for Office 365.
I have had the opportunity to partner and work with Terry over the years right from the time he was working on Exchange and all the way up to when he was running the Windows business for Microsoft. Particularly as I was responsible for the developer products, there were many times when I partnered with Terry and his team who were building platforms to ensure we had a great developer story. During all those interactions, the thing that stood out the most for me was his laser focus on delivering value for the customers and ensuring customer success. There were also several instances where we ended up making shared technology bets and I knew that he would deliver.
Terry currently serves as a member of the board of trustees for Seattle Foundation, which is dedicated to making the great Seattle area a stronger and more vibrant community for all.
Venture Partners both look at new investment opportunities as well as help our existing portfolio companies with their management, engineering and business experience. Terry is a very seasoned operator and brings a lot to the table.
Please join us in welcoming Terry to Madrona.