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“Madrona’s success is driven by its culture, which is not easily defined but is essentially a few dozen smart and extremely dedicated people thinking about how to make our portfolio companies a success and then making it happen.”

Troy Cichos

COO & Partner

Troy joined Madrona in 1999 and serves as the firm’s Chief Operating Officer and Partner. In his role, Troy oversees the operations, finance and administration for Madrona and the venture funds under Madrona’s management. He leads the teams working directly with Madrona companies on recruiting, HR, communications, business development and marketing. For Madrona, Troy manages Legal, HR, IR, Tax and Audit as well as the growing family of Madrona related organizations such as Create33 and Madrona Venture Labs. “I think the most fascinating aspect of working here is the multitude of individuals and constituencies that we interact with, from entrepreneurs, executives and employees at portfolio companies, to investors, service providers, customers, and other venture capitalists. As a VC you’re effectively creating and nurturing an entire ecosystem from all these moving parts.”

Past lives

Troy was formerly with Deloitte & Touche in Seattle where he served for six years as an associate and then tax manager. He also worked for three years as a manager at ITT Financial.


Troy serves on the Advisory Board for the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship at the Michael G. Foster School of Business, which promotes entrepreneurial learning and discovery to students—from undergraduates to PhD candidates—across the University of Washington. In addition, Troy is a mentor to the startups of the Jones + Foster Accelerator program that the Buerk Center runs. Troy is also a Managing Director of the W Fund. In his personal time, Troy enjoys playing golf and playing video games with his daughter.


Troy received his bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Utah. He earned his law degree from Seattle University School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude and was an editor of the Seattle University Law Review.