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Founded and Funded podcast.

July 23, 2020

Listen in to conversations between Madrona Venture Group Investors and Growth Team members with entrepreneurs, founders and startup personalities who will talk about some of the key moments in building a company. Designed to give would-be founders and others interested in working with or for startups a view into the struggle and the lessons learned. These conversations are informal and informative.

Based in Seattle, Madrona Venture Group invests mainly in early stage information technology based companies. These conversations also highlight why building a company in the Seattle region is so appealing to many founders.



Episodes with Smash Notes

A teaser to first list of the next generation of software

Aseem talks about growing up in Mumbai with "jugaad" all around him - the Hindi word for 'Hustle', how he made his way to Seattle, to Microsoft and to Madrona.  Aseem joined Madrona this year as a partner after 17 years at Microsoft working in...

Madrona Partner, Chris Picardo, sits down with Dr. Ali Ansary, founder &  CEO of Ozette Technologies. Chris and Ali talk about Ozette’s mission to uncover hidden information about the immune system to help with the efficacy of cancer...

Madrona Investor, Ishani Ummat, sits down with Shirish Nadkarni, serial entrepreneur, now angel investor and author of , out from Harper Collins Aug 2021.  Ishani and Shirish talk about starting a company, finding your co-founder, product market...

Starting a company is a lonely business. Finding co-founders can be the solution to this – but what if you don’t know anyone who fits the bill?  Linda Lian of Common Room set out to build a company and recruited her co-founders one by...

Investor speaks with CEO of , Rajeev Singh.  Rajeev is the CEO of Accolade, a healthcare advocacy company, but this is not his first time leading.  Matt and Rajeev talk about learning resilience, how it's not about directing but more about...

In this episode of Founded and Funded, Anu Sharma continues her deep dive into commercial open source projects and talks to Jeremiah Lowin, the founder and CEO of Prefect, a dataflow automation platform that is trusted to build, run, and monitor...

An Encore of one of our most popular podcasts

Knock was on the verge of raising their B round and then Covid hit. Co-founder and CEO Demetri talks with Madrona investor, Scott Jacobson, about how they successfully navigated 2020, including an inside round, and came out even stronger.  Knock...

Building a company on open-source software is not easy.  As one of the creators of Kubernetes, and a founder of Heptio, has experience building open source, cultivating a community and founding a company.  In this conversation he talks with...

The path to building a company (and getting venture funding) can be varied.  Two of the paths available are Startup Studios or Accelerators.  They each offer different benefits.  Madrona investor, Elisa La Cava sat down with Mike...