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Dan Weld-Madrona Venture Group
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Dan Weld-Madrona team

“When I needed a break from Academia, I took a temporary leave of absence, and joined Madrona to see what it was like on the ‘other side’ of the funding fence. Now I spend time at both Madrona and UW – I think my experience at each place helps me perform better at the other.”

Dan Weld

Venture Partner

Daniel S. Weld is a venture partner with Madrona and the WRF/TJ Cable Professor of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. At the University of Washington, Dan leads a research team investigating intelligent interfaces and methods enabling artificial intelligence systems to explain their decisions.

While a professor, he co-founded three companies, all of which Madrona invested in. They include Netbot Inc. (acquired by Excite), AdRelevance (acquired by Nielson Netratings) and Nimble Technology (acquired by Actuate). In addition, he serves as a member of Madrona’s Technology Advisory Board.


Dan received a Presidential Young Investigator’s award in 1989, an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator’s award in 1990, was elected an AAAI Fellow in 1999, and an ACM Fellow in 2006. He is co-founder of the Journal of AI Research and on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence.  In his free time, Dan enjoys mountaineering, technical canyoneering and Washington’s great outdoors.


Dan earned bachelor’s degrees in both Computer Science and Biochemistry at Yale University in 1982, and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Artificial Intelligence Lab in 1988.