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Welcome to Ishani Ummat

Madrona is excited to welcome Ishani Ummat as our new Associate. Ishani hails from the Seattle area and graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Washington with a degree in Finance and concentrations in Global Health and the Comparative History of Ideas.

As her degree implies, Ishani has varied interests and approaches problems with a broad viewpoint.  She joined us directly from Bain & Co in San Francisco where she worked across a variety of technology and healthcare strategy and operational projects, ranging from digital user experience and customer journeys to strategic M&A.

As a key member of our investment team, Ishani will be spending her time evaluating prospective new investments, identifying new trends and developing our investment themes, and working closely with existing portfolio companies to help them with growth and strategy.  A significant portion of her time will be spent getting out in the Pacific NW community, meeting founders and young companies across the technology ecosystem in the Puget Sound, Portland and Vancouver, BC.  Ishani is particularly interested in how the next wave of digital-physical customer experiences are going to shape verticals like fintech and healthcare.

“Seattle is home to so much interdisciplinary innovation already and I’m incredibly excited to work alongside this community of founders and builders to create more. I believe in the power of young entrepreneurs with bold ideas to change the world. Perhaps I’m a biased native, but I think the Pacific Northwest is one of the best places to start,” said Ishani.

Tim Porter commented, “We work in a dynamic industry and when we go to hire we look for people who are self-starters, passionate about technology, analytical thinkers, team players and who are entrepreneurial and love working with early stage companies. Ishani is all of these things and brings an authentic curiosity to everything she does.  Welcome!”

While not visiting companies or at Madrona, Ishani can be found skiing, biking or backpacking across the Pacific Northwest.  She looks forward to meeting many of you in the community!