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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

This week on Founded and Funded, we spotlight our next IA40 winner – . Investor talks to SeekOut Co-founder and CEO and VP of People about their AI-powered intelligence platform, the importance of not only finding and recruiting new hires but...

This week on Founded and Funded, we spotlight our next IA40 winners – and . Managing Director Matt McIlwain talks to Hugging Face Co-founder and CEO Clem Delangue and OctoML Co-founder and CEO Luis Ceze all about foundation models, diving deep into...

This week on Founded and Funded, we spotlight our next IA40 winner – . Managing Director Matt McIlwain talks to co-founder and CEO Justin Borgman about how launching his first company was like getting a Ph.D. in entrepreneurship, and then they ...

In this episode of Founded and Funded, Madrona is launching a special series to highlight some of its winners, starting with , which offers web-based video editing tools that utilize machine learning to automate what used to take video editors hours...

Madrona just wrapped our annual meeting, which we were able to have in person for the first time in three years.  The meeting, with about 150 attendees this year, was a much-needed dose of human connection that reminded many Madrona investors why...

In this episode of Founded and Funded, Madrona Managing Director Matt McIlwain and Partner Aseem Datar sit down with Qumulo CEO Bill Richter to talk about developing meaningful partnerships. Madrona was an early investor in Qumulo when it launched in...

In this episode of Founded and Funded, partner Aseem Datar sits down with co-founder of Spiceai.io, Luke Kim,  to talk about the power of building tools for developers, the difficulty of integrating AI (SpiceAI is making this easier for...

Madrona Partner, Chris Picardo, sits down with Terray Therapeutics founders (and brothers), Jacob and Eli Berlin as well as data scientist, Narbe Mardirossian to talk about the power of bringing together transformational wet lab processes with ML and...

How do you join a company and lead from the day one? And how do you do that when you come from a completely different work experience than your startup?  Trevor Thompson of TerraClear had a 14 year career in the Navy, including a decade as a Navy...

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...