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Hope Cochran-Madrona Venture Group

“Madrona has continuously inspired and supported entrepreneurs throughout the NW community.  They have insight into the trends driving technology and a vision for the future – and the ability to find fantastic talent that brings it all together.  I am honored to be a part of this talented team to help propel innovation throughout the technology community.”

Hope Cochran

Managing Director

Hope became a Managing Director in early 2019, following two years as a Venture Partner. As Managing Director, Hope identifies and leads new investments, provides strategic and operational advice to Madrona portfolio companies, and fosters corporate and strategic business development relationships with larger companies and investors. Hope spearheads Madrona’s leadership in the OnBoarding Women program which is focused on a business first education for prospective women corporate board members. Hope serves on the boards of Ai2, Hasbro, Inc, MongoDB and NewRelic.

Past Lives

Prior to joining Madrona, Hope was the CFO of King Digital, the creator of Candy Crush and other successful mobile games, where she helped the company manage explosive employee and revenue growth, guided the company’s IPO and successfully completed a $5.9 billion acquisition by Activision in early 2016. Prior to King Digital, Hope was CFO at Clearwire, a telecom company that navigated the complicated world of spectrum, partnerships and competition as the modern wireless industry took shape. While at Clearwire she brought the company through $12 billion of capital raises including an IPO, secondary offering, multiple debt offerings and strategic investments from large public companies.

Hope started her career as an entrepreneur and founder of SkillsVillage. A company she grew to 200 employees and $10 million in revenue. Acquired by Peoplesoft and folded into their larger platform, SkillsVillage created a system for companies to easily manage contract labor.

Listen to our premier podcast episode as Hope talks with Dan Li and shares her inspiring story in her own words.

Awards and Recognition

Among other honors, Hope has been named one of Fortune’s Top 10 Women in Gaming, WomenInc’s 2018 Most Influential Corporate Director, Puget Sound CFO of the Year for Public Companies, and received a Top 50 Global Telecom CFO award from Global Telecom Business.


Hope is an avid supporter of the arts. When not in the office, she can be found chasing her 3 children around or pursuing other outdoor activities.


Hope holds a BA in Economics and Music from Stanford University.