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We are a team of thinkers, doers, optimists, pragmatists, strategists, cheerleaders and collaborators. And we work for you.

 

Matt McIlwain

Managing Director

Matt invests in a broad range of software and data driven companies with a focus on cloud computing, intelligent applications and the intersection of the digital and physical world. He believes in the Learning Loop for entrepreneurs who journey from curiosity to triangulation and decision making. This leads to outcomes and ongoing learnings.

Past lives

Before joining Madrona in 2000, Matt was vice president of business process for the Genuine Parts Company (NYSE:GPC). He also was an engagement manager at McKinsey & Company, concentrating on strategy and marketing in technology-driven sectors and prior to that worked in investment banking at Credit Suisse.

Extracurricular

Matt is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and a board member of Washington Policy Center. Matt enjoys going on adventures with his family, discussing public policy issues and trying out new technologies. He is also an avid runner, Peloton biker, and a major Sounders and Seahawks fan.

Awards and recognition

In 2017, Matt was named Emerging Company Director of the year by the Puget Sound Business Journal, in partnership with the prestigious National Association of Corporate Directors’ (NACD) Northwest chapter. In 2011, he received the Washington Policy Center’s Champion of Freedom Award. He has also been named several times to both the list of Top 100 Venture Capitalists by CB Insights and The New York Times and the Forbes Midas list.

Education

Matt is a graduate of Dartmouth College and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Favorite part of the start-up process

Celebrating the early customer wins and revenue. “Every great founding team has terrific passion, energy and confidence at that moment!”

“The Pacific Northwest is a highly collaborative and vibrant ecosystem. It has truly world-class talent, with more moving here every week across cloud computing, intelligent apps and multi-sense UI/UX. And then there’s the amazing beauty of this place!”