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Bill Richter

Venture Partner

Bill is a Venture Partner with Madrona and is the CEO of Qumulo.  As Venture Partner, Bill helps identify new investments and provides strategic and operational advice to Madrona portfolio companies.

Past lives

Bill brings over 20 years of leadership experience in the technology industry to his role at Madrona. Bill transitioned to a role as Venture Partner after officing with Madrona for more than a year where he shared his operational and strategic expertise with the investing team and portfolio companies. Previously, Bill was the President of the Isilon Storage Division of EMC, where he grew the business to $1.5 billion in annual revenue in 2014. Prior to his role as President of Isilon, Bill served as COO of EMC’s $4 billion Midrange Storage business. Bill was Isilon’s public company CFO from 2007 through its $2.5B sale to EMC in 2010. Before joining Isilon, Bill was a Director in the finance department of, where he focused on scaling global accounting operations for the rapidly expanding business. Bill started his career and spent eight years at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. He focused on the technology industry and was based in Seattle and later London where he joined the Transaction Services group advising clients on IPO’s, mergers and divestitures.


Bill serves on the board of Global Partnerships, an impact-first investment organization focused on bringing opportunity to people living in poverty. He’s an avid traveler and a committed (but mediocre) bridge, squash and golf player. He and his wife Gimena have two young daughters which keep them both busy.


Bill graduated from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington with a BA in Business Administration.