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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.

Founded and Funded Madrona Venture Group

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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.

    How Do You Start a Venture Firm? Here's Our Story

    How Do You Start a Venture Firm? Here's Our Story

    Madrona's Founders & Early Team Members Recount Their Startup Story - This slightly unusual Founded and Funded is the story of the early years of Madrona as told by the founders and early team members, Tom Alberg, Paul Goodrich, Matt McIlwain and Greg Gottesman.  They recount the first meeting with Jeff Bezos, early missteps by a green investing team and the struggle to raise a fund following the dot com bust. We celebrate our 25th year by talking about the first ten!

    • 45 min
    Introducing Traction, Podcast on GTM playbooks for Enterprise products

    Introducing Traction, Podcast on GTM playbooks for Enterprise products

    As we take a break and plan Season 4 of Founded and Funded, we bring you the first in a new podcast series from Madrona investor, Anu Sharma. Anu speaks with experienced founders, engineers and product leaders about Go-To-Market or GTM. Focused on uncovering the secrets of how to build a GTM that resonates with customers, Traction's first episode delivers! https://tractionnow.io/
    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/traction/id1536287385

    • 38 min
    Pacific NW Startup News with Dan and Chris

    Pacific NW Startup News with Dan and Chris

    Daniel Li, Chris Picardo and Erika Shaffer from Madrona Venture Group  talk about the incredible number of financings in PNW in September.  40 companies raised over $450 in venture financings.  We talk about how GitLab manages their 1,300 employees who are remote, and we touch on a guerrilla approach to selling SaaS - use some SEO know how. Sign up for the DL, Dan's weekly newsletter here. https://bit.ly/3noNPgi

    • 28 min
    Pacific NW Startup Tech News with Dan and Ishani

    Pacific NW Startup Tech News with Dan and Ishani

    Jumping off of this week's DL, we talk about Microsoft's announcements (as we lived through the huge outage of Office 365 etc) and talk about the guy who started Snowflake and many other enterprise tech companies that are doing rather well - Mike Speiser from Sutter HIll.  Touch on drones in the home and a quick how-to on Gen Z.  You can also read it here.  http://thedl.danielxli.com/ 

    • 25 min
    Pacific NW Startup News with Dan and Ishani

    Pacific NW Startup News with Dan and Ishani

    This week Dan Li and Ishani Ummat from Madrona talk about a surprisingly huge IPO in China that rivals some of the US tech IPOs.  For water. Dan takes a bit of a deep dive on Chamath Palihapitiya SPAC and the 'memo' on OpenDoor that doesn't as much make a case for the specific company but for the market capacity.  Other highlights are how image rights in social media are not what they seem (free and easy) and an esports farming league - and it's global! The DL - https://bit.ly/35VDLF2

    • 29 min
    Pacific NW Startup News with Dan and Ishani

    Pacific NW Startup News with Dan and Ishani

    The smoke is here and we've been stuck indoors - so there is a lot to cover.  Hear Erika Shaffer, Daniel Li and Ishani Ummat discuss the news from the week. We review the growth of hiring in the tech world, Investment memos and what entrepreneurs (and VCs) can learn from them and hit on some truth telling from Reed Hastings on working remotely.  Dig into the text detail. http://thedl.danielxli.com/issues/the-dl-tech-s-hiring-spree-vc-investment-memos-remote-work-at-netflix-and-dl-baby-advice-277248 

    • 24 min

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