New partners bring deep experience from Amazon, Outreach.io, KPMG, and more
We are pleased to announce two new team members — Wei Gao joins as a venture partner, and Anna Baird as an operating partner. Each brings relevant executive and operational experience to the Madrona team. Please welcome them!
As a venture partner, Wei will help identify new investments and provide strategic and operational advice to Madrona portfolio companies. Wei brings over 20 years of operating leadership across product, technology, and business operations. As a 16-plus-year veteran of Amazon, where she worked in increasingly senior technical leadership roles, Wei delivered significant improvements to customer experience and business performance, oversaw large-scale digital transformation, and built innovative organizations across a broad set of groups, including eCommerce, Kindle, supply chain technologies, and Amazon Grocery. Wei served as technical adviser to Jeff Bezos and was VP of Amazon Grocery before taking the COO role at Hopin, the leading shared experiences platform that enables immersive and interactive connection from anywhere.
As an operating partner at Madrona, Anna Baird will leverage her deep go-to-market and operating expertise to help advise fast-growing and acceleration-stage companies in Madrona’s portfolio. Anna brings a wealth of management and operational skillsets to Madrona portfolio companies and has served as a COO, CFO, and CRO — most recently at Outreach.io — the leading sales engagement platform. As the CRO, Anna was responsible for directing sales and sales development, customer success, professional services, member support, and revenue operations. Prior to Outreach, Anna served as CFO of Livongo, senior vice president at McAfee, and partner at KPMG. Anna also serves on the SeatGeek board of directors.
“Startups at every stage benefit from connecting to people who have been there before. We are excited to bring on these experienced technical, executive, and investing team members to work directly with our current portfolio companies – and help identify new founders and companies that are turning the improbable into the inevitable.” — Madrona Managing Directors Scott Jacobson and Karan Mehandru.