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Tom Alberg Co-founder and Managing Director

“The best entrepreneurs are trying to solve a problem, and they’re interested in delivering something of value. If enough people want your product or service, the exit will take care of itself.”

Tom Alberg

Managing Director

Tom is a co-founder of Madrona and actively works in support of Madrona and its portfolio companies. Tom is a former director for Impinj, a prior Madrona Portfolio Company that is now a public company. Tom has served on the boards of numerous public and private companies including on which he served since before it went public in 1997. Tom is co-chair of ACES Northwest Network, a coalition of businesses supporting the implementation of autonomous, connected, electric and shared vehicles in the region. He serves on the boards of TechNet Northwest, the Pacific Science Center, and Challenge Seattle. He was formerly a member of President Obama’s National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He is also on the Investment Committee of the Seattle Foundation. Ranked number 12 of the 35 most influential business leaders in the Seattle area by Puget Sound Business Journal. “The most difficult part of my job? Measuring my enthusiasm for every idea I hear. There are a lot of exciting ideas and great entrepreneurs out there.”

Past lives

Immediately prior to co-founding Madrona Investment Group in 1995, Tom served as president of public companies LIN Broadcasting Corporation and Executive Vice President of McCaw Cellular Communications, Inc. Previously, he was chair of the Executive Committee and Partner in the Northwest’s largest law firm, Perkins Coie, where he was principal counsel for The Boeing Company, Alaska Airlines and a number of early technology companies. Before that he was an attorney with Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York. He is past chair of the Washington State Technology Alliance and the Discovery Institute, past chair of the Pacific Science Center and past president of Intiman Theater in Seattle. He was co-chair of the capital campaign for the Computer Science and Engineering Department’s building at the University of Washington.

Lessons learned

“Not every investment has been a home run. You learn something from each investment, and you apply it to the next one. If you don’t invest in a Home Grocer, you’ll never invest in an Our ability and willingness to take risks has made us who we are today.”


In addition to being an avid sailor, Tom joined forces with celebrated winemaker Mike Januik to build the Novelty Hill Januik winery in nearby Woodinville, WA. He was also one of the principal participants in the development of the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Seattle. He and his wife, Judi Beck, also founded Oxbow Farm and Conservation Center.


A graduate of Ballard High School in Seattle, Tom attended Harvard College, where he graduated cum laude. He then received his law degree from Columbia Law School where he was an editor of the Columbia Law Review.