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Scott Jacobson-Madrona Venture Group
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“He attacked everything in life with a mix of extraordinary genius and naive incompetence, and it was often difficult to tell which was which.”  -Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Scott Jacobson

Managing Director

Scott joined Madrona in 2007. “I was attracted to Madrona because of the firm’s partnership approach to investing. As an early-stage investor, we are truly rolling up our sleeves and partnering with the entrepreneurs we back on a day-to-day basis. We really do invest a lot of ourselves in our companies.” Scott is particularly interested in consumer apps and devices, all things e-commerce, digital media and mobile technologies that present opportunities for major disruption of large, established markets.

Building a company in the Pacific Northwest

“Seattle has everything a technology entrepreneur needs to start and build a great company. World-class engineering talent abounds at companies big and small. Billions of dollars are spent each year on public and private research at the University of Washington, Microsoft Research, the Allen Institutes, and the Hutch; with cutting edge technologies spinning out to form new companies. Seattle is undeniably the center of gravity for Cloud and Commerce. Entrepreneurs are proving time and again that they can build strong, independent companies here.”

Past lives

Prior to joining Madrona, Scott worked at, where he held senior product and business management positions in the Amazon Kindle and Amazon Marketplace groups. He led several key initiatives, including the international rollout of Amazon’s Merchants@ platform. Earlier in his career, Scott was a Senior Consultant in Accenture’s strategy consulting practice, where he worked with clients in enterprise software, retail, and energy sectors.


Scott graduated cum laude from Northwestern University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics and Economics. He received an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar.

Guilty pleasures

$1.99 pulp sci-fi e-books on Kindle and peanut butter cup Blizzards from DQ.