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S. Somasegar

Managing Director

Soma joined Madrona in 2015 and focuses on B2B and enterprise related start-ups. Soma invests across a wide variety of technology areas including machine learning /artificial intelligence, intelligent applications, next-generation cloud infrastructure, multi-sense user interfaces and robotic process automation.

Past lives

Prior to Madrona, Soma had a successful twenty-seven year career at Microsoft Corporation and was most recently the Senior Vice President of the Developer Division. Under Soma’s leadership, the Microsoft Developer Division, which supports over six million .NET developers worldwide, expanded its mission to deliver developer tools and services for mobile development and cloud development across a variety of platforms and programming technologies through the Visual Studio and .NET family of products. Additionally, Soma was the executive sponsor for global development at Microsoft and oversaw Microsoft’s Global Development Centers in China, India, and Israel.

Soma has been a long-time angel investor with investments across a wide array of technology areas both in the US and internationally.

On why Venture Capital

“Venture Capital is a fascinating industry at the nexus of world-changing, passionate, driven entrepreneurs with the breadth and depth of technology innovation to solve amazing problems. Having the opportunity to engage day in and day out with a gamut of passionate entrepreneurs on a variety of interesting problems spanning the latest and greatest technologies is exhilarating. Being a part of creating the next generation companies and enterprises is cool.”

On why Madrona

“I see a huge opportunity for a vibrant, thriving startup ecosystem in the Northwest. Pretty much any known technology company you know about and care about is here. Companies like Amazon and Microsoft are powerhouses, but there is a plethora of other companies who have risen up in the last 10 years. The amount of talent here is huge and together with the other pieces of the ecosystem, I see a tremendous amount of upside for innovation and the startup ecosystem in this geography. I’m excited to be a part of this growth.”

Other interests

“One of my areas of passion and focus is around empowering and educating girls around the world. Having two daughters ourselves, my wife and I strongly believe in the great opportunity that exists globally in supporting women’s education and empowerment initiatives.”

Education

Soma holds a master’s degree in computer engineering from Louisiana State University and a bachelor’s degree in electronics and communication engineering from Guindy Engineering College, Anna University in Chennai, India.  Soma also has an Honorary Doctorate from his alma mater, Anna University.